It was a night of celebration on Friday at Yellowjacket Stadium.
First, LHS unveiled its new state-of-the-art video board, then thanked the donors who made it and the new artificial-surface football field possible with a pregame parade.
What followed could only make those donors proud.
An inspired Lebanon football team posted its first shutout in more than a decade, running away from the Glendale Falcons with four touchdowns in the first quarter en route to a 49-0 shellacking.
The two teams played the entire second half with the turbo clock as LHS reserves saw plenty of time on the field.
It was the first shutout recorded by the ‘Jackets since a 39-0 win over Parkview in week 1 of the 2002 season. The Falcons totaled 70 yards of offense in the first half on Friday at Lebanon, and committed two costly fumbles that the ‘Jackets turned into points.
“That is a big deal for us, we have been trying to do that (pitch a shutout) for a while,” Lebanon head coach Will Christian said. “I am really excited for us defensively, and I thought we played tremendous on the defensive side.”
Lebanon improved to 4-0 overall and 4-0 in the Ozark Conference with the win, setting up a showdown with undefeated Hillcrest on Friday in Springfield.
“We are focused on Hillcrest and I think they are undefeated, so someone will still come out undefeated, so we will see what happens,” Lebanon senior line backer Devante Chew said.
Lebanon senior Brock West played just one quarter against the Falcons on Friday and helped LHS build a 28-0 lead.
The 5-foot-8, 175-pound senior scored a trio of touchdowns and had 91 yards on six rushing attempts before making way for sophomore Elza Evans.
Evans, who finished the contest with 131 yards rushing on 10 carries, put the ‘Jackets on the board early with a 55-yard run just three plays into the game.
A possession later, West needed just two plays to punch in the ‘Jackets second touchdown on a 10-yard touchdown run.
West has now scored 15 touchdowns and has 829 yards on 67 carries — an average of 12.4 per rush.
But much like his other games, West did his damage despite sitting out for big portions of the games.
“We got in a position early where we felt like the game was in hand. Why take a chance at dinging somebody up in that situation?” Christian said. “The great thing about West and our whole football team is it’s all about Lebanon — and Brock would be the first one to tell you that.”
Lebanon scored on each of its first five possessions of the contest before finally stalling on its sixth possession late in the first half.
Holding a 35-0 lead on its next possession, Lebanon senior Andre Smith missed a 32-yard field goal with 27 seconds remaining before the half.
Smith was otherwise 7-for-7 on extra points, and helped LHS dominate the battle of field possession as the ‘Jackets pinned back the Falcons on kickoffs throughout the game.
Lebanon’s high-octane offense is now averaging 41 points per game, and entered Friday’s contest averaging nearly 450 yards of total offense — 371 on the ground.
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