Grade cards for LHS football team through week five

Photo courtesy Nicholas Mebruer
Lebanon head football coach Will Christian (left) talks with assistant coaches Chris Britt (middle) and Dalton Pierce (right) before a home football game this season.

By: 
ALEX BOYER ALEX@LEBANONDAILYRECORD.COM

With Week 5 for the Lebanon football team in the books, we’ve now reached the second half of the high school football season. Of course, the ‘Jackets still have plenty of time to improve, but it seems like a good time to hand out a midseason report card.

There is the old saying from Bill Parcells, “you are what your record says you are,” and I believe the quote fully applies to this year’s team, who currently sits at 3-2 on the year.

Giving the team credit, they have been in every single football game they have played so far this season, and have made every game competitive.

The two losses the team owns come to a Camdenton football team who might have a legitimate shot at competing for a Class 4 State Championship this season if they can make it out of their competitive district and a Glendale football team who has given every team in the Ozark Conference fits since Mike Mauk took over.

For the most part, specific units for the team have received excellent marks, as the offense has moved up to No. 5 in the nation in rushing yards as a team, according to MaxPreps.com. However, let’s break the whole team down and look at grades for each unit.

Quarterbacks

Key players: Cole Breeden, Ty Glendenning

Coming into the season, Lebanon head coach Will Christian said there was a chance Week 1 that these two would split time, and after Week 5 they are still splitting reps. Both quarterbacks are hard runners, while Breeden is more of a power runner and Glendenning can get down the sideline with his tremendous speed, the two cause a lot of trouble for opposing defenses. If both of them can limit their mistakes, this position should have no worries in weeks to come.

Midseason grade: B+

Running Backs

Key players: John Berry,  Hunter Bray, Joey Boshe, Jayden Ivey

Easily the deepest and most talented position the Yellowjackets put out on the field every Friday night. You can’t say much about Berry that hasn’t already been said. The senior back is No. 4 in the nation in rushing yards (MaxPreps) and has already eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark through Week 5. Hunter Bray has been dealing with an ankle injury for two weeks now, but should be back on the field Friday against West Plains, but has done some nice things for LHS this year. Joey Boshe and Jayden Ivey have both filled their roles well and are two physical runners who love to get upfield. As long as the unit can stay healthy, this will be the position the ‘Jackets rely on most heading into the second half of the season.

Midseason grade: A+

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