Lebanon and Parkview set to square off in season finale on Friday

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Members of the Lebanon High School football team huddle up for an offensive play during a high school football game against the Kickapoo Chiefs last Friday night.

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ALEX BOYER ALEX@LEBANONDAILYRECORD.COM

Coming off a dominant 49-28 victory over the Kickapoo Chiefs last Friday night on Senior Night at ‘Jacket Stadium, the Lebanon football team will wrap up its regular season schedule when they travel to Springfield to take on the Parkview Vikings (1-7) at 7 p.m. Friday night at JFK Stadium.

Lebanon (5-3) responded against the Chiefs nicely, following a 35-0 loss at home to the Ozark Conference champion Joplin Eagles.

Head coach Will Christian was proud of the way his team handled the game against a Class 6 opponent, just two years removed from a Final Four.

“We certainly responded and got a nice win over a dangerous Kickapoo team,” Christian said. “I know their record was not good, but they are still dangerous. Kickapoo only lost to our conference champion by one point.

“In the 13 years that I have been here, we haven’t beaten Kickapoo a ton.”

Coming into the game, Lebanon had just recorded one sack from sophomore Jordan Lewis on the season before getting to Kickapoo quarterback Mason Auer five times, including two from senior Mark Webster and one from Cannon York.

“We have not gotten to the quarterback near enough and Friday night that definitely changed,” Christian said. “We had one sack going into the game, and it blows me away that was the reality.”

The Lebanon defense rose to the occasion all night long, allowing just 14 points with their No. 1 defense on the field.

On the offensive side of the ball, Lebanon senior John Berry rushed for 256 yards on 20 carries. Christian gave props to the offensive line for their performance.

“Very impressed with how our offensive line performed (last Friday night),” Christian said. “Kickapoo returns two interior defensive linemen from the top defense in our conference from a year ago.”

When the ‘Jackets travel to Parkview on Friday, they might see a team that says their record is 1-7, but Lebanon knows that they cannot look a dangerous Vikings offense that is averaging over 30 points per game.

“There is no team in this league that you can overlook in this conference,” Christian said. “They have had their issues, but they come in with the leading rusher in our conference, and he is extremely talented.”

Junior running back Blake Delacruz has rushed for 1,745 yards on 245 carries with 12 rushing touchdowns. To go along with Delacruz is sophomore quarterback Trevor Voice who has thrown for over 1,400 yards and 17 passing touchdowns.

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