District championship preview: Willard Tigers

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Pictured are the 2018 Lebanon High School football team captains. From left, are Ty Glendenning, Jayden Ivey, Dalton Shaddy, Malik Culp and head coach Will Christian before the football game last Friday night against the Glendale Falcons.

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ALEX BOYER ALEX@LACLEDERECORD.COM

After a historic offensive and defensive performance from the Lebanon High School football team last Friday night in a 70-6 victory over the Glendale Falcons, the team has put the game in their rearview mirror and is looking ahead to a district championship game against the Willard Tigers this Friday night at ‘Jacket Stadium beginning at 7 p.m.

In their onslaught against the Falcons, Lebanon combined for 480 yards of offense and recorded five sacks and five interceptions on the night.

On Friday, senior Jayden Ivey eclipsed the 1,000-yard rushing mark on the season with 142 yards on nine carries while scoring two touchdowns. Junior Quameire Wright also went over the 1,000-yard barrier with ten carries for 118 yards.

Senior Joey Boshe finished the game with 91 yards and two touchdowns and now has 820 rushing yards in 2018.

Lebanon will look to secure back-to-back district championships for the first time in school history, according to head coach Will Christian.

After poor attendance last Friday, Christian is hoping fans will come out to hopefully witness history.

“It is a big opportunity, and we feed off the support, so we need all of ‘Jacket Nation to come out and support,” he said after the game. “This is a chance to repeat as district champions for the first time (in school history).”

The Willard Tigers enter the contest with a 4-6 overall record under head coach Brock Roweton.

The last time the two teams squared off was in 2011 when the Yellowjackets defeated the Tigers, 23-20.

Willards’ offensive gameplan will start with All-Central Ozark Conference junior running back Garrett Rice who rushed for 779 yards and 20 touchdowns last year and hauled in 30 passes for 299 yards.

One person I spoke to about Rice and his game said: “he plays like a bigger Christian McCaffrey.”

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