Lebanon freshmen football team finishes season 9-0, junior varsity goes 7-2

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The Lebanon freshmen football team wrapped up their season with a 9-0 record after defeating the Parkview Vikings on Monday night at JFK Stadium, 48-12.

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ALEX BOYER ALEX@LEBANONDAILYRECORD.COM

The Lebanon freshmen and junior varsity high school football teams concluded their season on Monday night with successful seasons. As a program, all three high school levels combined for a record of 22-5.

The freshmen football team wrapped up their season with an undefeated season of 9-0 on the year after defeating the Parkview Vikings at JFK Stadium in Springfield, 48-12.

Head freshmen coach Dalton Pierce mentioned that this is the first group to finish a season undefeated since 2012 (senior class of 2015).

“This group was phenomenal all year,” Pierce said. “Every week presented a different challenge, and they always responded. The awesome thing about this group is that there were so many guys that contributed in so many spots all year.

“When you go 9-0 in the Ozark Conference at the freshmen level it’s not because of two or three guys; it’s because of a whole bunch of guys. Some games presented more challenges than others because the conference is tough and there were a lot of good freshmen football players we saw week in and week out, but this group loved it and relished the challenge each week.”

Pierce said him and his coaching staff (Zach Miller and Brandon Newell) were upset the season had to come to an end on Monday.

“Coach (Zach) Miller, Coach (Brandon) Newell and myself were pretty sad last night because we knew we were done coaching these guys for the year,” Pierce said. 

The JV team defeated Parkview 60-12 on Monday night to finish the year at 7-2.

Junior varsity head coach Garett Wade and assistant coaches Kerry Amsberg and Mark Whitacre were proud of the way this team fought hard all year long.

“Obviously I’m very proud of this team,” Wade said. “Winning seven out of nine ball games is hard to do at any level. It starts with the attitude of our team and staff. We place a high importance on Monday night success because we know that will carry over to Fridays.

“Coach (Kerry) Amsberg and coach (Mark) Whitacre travel with the JV and do a great job operating the defensive side of the football, while I concentrate on the offense.”

Wade said the team continued to impress him week in and week out with the improvements they made.

“I was very pleased with the steady improvement the kids showed throughout the season, and that’s all you can ask for as a coach, win or loss,” Wade said. “We started the year off rocky at 1-2 due to several key young players that were being leaned upon for Friday nights.  Our kids responded by winning the last six games of the season.”

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