Eagles dominate ‘Jackets for win

LDR photo/Alex Boyer

The Lebanon football team runs out onto the field before a high school football game on Friday night at 'Jacket Stadium against the Joplin Eagles.

Alex Boyer

The Joplin Eagles came to Lebanon and spoiled the Yellowjackets homecoming on Friday night, defeating the ‘Jackets 35-0.
This will be the last time the two teams will face off on the football field, as Joplin will leave the Ozark Conference next season and join the Central Ozark Conference.
Sophomore wide receiver Zach Westmorland finished the game with over 100 yards of receiving, including three touchdowns. Joplin finished the night with over 380 yards of total offense. 
Lebanon was held to just 197 yards of total offense on Friday. Senior running back John Berry finished the game with 62 yards rushing to lead the way for LHS.
“Obviously a performance like that falls on my shoulders,” Lebanon head coach Will Christian said. “We were not ready to play and did not play well in any facet of the game. We were completely dominated. It is frustrating to play this way at home and on your homecoming.”
The Eagles (6-1) started off hot, forcing Lebanon (4-3) to go three-and-out on their first possession and after a poor punt started from their own 38-yard line.
Joplin needed just nine plays and went 62 yards as sophomore quarterback Blake Tash found Westmorland for a 12-yard touchdown reception to give the Eagles a 7-0 lead with 5:35 remaining in the first quarter.

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