ST. LOUIS — Senior Michael Culp ran for four touchdowns as the Lebanon Yellowjackets warmed up for its week 1 opener at Rolla with a strong performance at the jamboree on Friday in St. Louis.
All four of Culp’s scores came out of the Fat Boy formation, the ‘Jackets’ version of the Wildcat in which Culp replaces the quarterback.
Lebanon outscored Westminster, a team that went 2-8 a year ago, 1-0, outscored Parkway West, a squad that went 1-9, 3-1, and tied St. Charles West, a team that went 10-2 in 2011, 1-1.
“I thought our guys made some major strides defensively,” Lebanon head coach Will Christian said.
Christian said the ‘Jackets’ defense has come a long way since the University of Missouri Team Camp where they competed in early July,
“There were some things there that we were really working through,” Christian said. “We ended up moving personel back to where they were more comfortable and I thought we played very well defensively.”
On offense, the ‘Jackets were strong both in the run game, and the pass game, without senior running back Brock West.
Both West and senior lineman Tyler Couch sat out the jamboree as a precaution.
Sophomore running back Elza Evans had a strong performance in place of West, and senior quarterback Hayden Brackett was 6-for-10 passing for 90 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Culp carried the ball five times for 55 yards, and senior receiver Jeff Plake had three catches for 56 yards and a touchdown.
“We ran the football very well, our quick passing game was really solid, although we made a few mistakes in our downfield passing game,” Christian said. “We’ll have to continue to work through that. The one thing that we want to fix is the (interception).”
Christian also noted that team did not suffer any injuries at the jamboree.
“Like normal, at any jamboree, there is still tons of stuff to fix,” Christian said. “Obviously, any time you go to a jamboree you want to stay healthy.”
Lebanon senior Michael Culp (1) scored four touchdowns on Friday in jamboree action at Parkway West High School.