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Dominant performance leads Lebanon over West Plains 


The Lebanon High School football team dominated on Friday night in what might be the most important regular-season win in program history, beating the West Plains Zizzers, 44-34 at 'Jacket Stadium.

West Plains (5-0 overall) came into the game ranked No. 2 in the latest Missouri Class 4 rankings, while the ‘Jackets (6-0 overall) were ranked No. 6 in Missouri Class 5.

In his postgame press conference, head coach Will Christian didn’t hold back what this win meant to his team after a solid week of practice.

“I am super proud of all of our kids and coaching staff,” he said. “That is a great football team that we just beat, and we made a lot of different plays in different areas.

“Frankly, I am worn slick because of that fourth quarter. You can’t minimize the fact that we beat the No. 2 ranked team in Class 4. I was proud of our kid’s conditioning and physicality level.”

Coming into the game, the West Plains defense was allowing just 10 points per game and scoring more than 47 points on offense.

LHS was locked in from the start, forcing a turnover on downs on the Zizzers’ opening drive before marching down the field in seven plays to cap off a scoring drive with junior Cade Muscia running in from 22-yards out. With no Quinton Doughty, Lebanon was forced to go for two every time on Friday night but converted to go up 8-0 with 6:32 left in the first quarter.

For the complete story, see the Weekend edition of the Laclede County Record.


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