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Big second half sparks Lebanon over Kickapoo

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Things didn’t start quite the way the Lebanon High School football team had hoped, but the ‘Jackets battled through adversity to hold on to a 33-16 win over the Kickapoo Chiefs on Friday night in Springfield.

The biggest play might have come at the end of the second half when the Chiefs were driving deep into Lebanon (2-0 overall) territory, but Kickapoo (0-2 overall) quarterback Kylan Mabins sailed a throw over a receivers head into senior Max Groce’s hand to help give LHS a 19-10 lead heading into the break.

From there, the ‘Jackets didn’t look back.

To start the third quarter, the offense wasted 5:33 off the clock on a 13 play, 76-yard drive and capped it off with a nine-yard score from junior fullback Cade Muscia to extend the lead to 25-10 after a two-point try was unsuccessful.

The Chiefs didn’t quite go away when Mabins hooked up with junior wide receiver Zaide Lowery on a 90-yard pitch and catch, but a missed extra point kept it a nine-point game (25-16).

For the complete story, see the Weekend edition of the LCR.

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