LHS football season comes to an end against Fort Zumwalt North on Saturday

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Lebanon senior quarterback Cole Breeden (11) carries the ball during the state quarterfinal game against Fort Zumwalt North on Saturday at Fort Zumwalt North High School. Lebanon lost the contest, 42-7.


After a historic season on the gridiron, the Lebanon High School football team fell short in the state quarterfinal round of the Missouri High School football playoffs to the Ft. Zumwalt North Panthers on Saturday in O’Fallon, 42-7.

Despite the lopsided score, the ‘Jackets fought hard for four quarters and refused to give up throughout the game.

The ‘Jackets recorded 213 yards of offense on 57 plays from scrimmage after facing a stifling Panthers defense including 65 rushing yards from sophomore running back Quameire Wright. Throughout 12 games, Ft. Zumwalt North (12-0) has outscored their opponents 578-167 this season.

North got things started early on in the first quarter with a 13 play 84-yard drive that resulted in an eight-yard touchdown run by the Panthers with 7:21 remaining. Lebanon forced Zumwalt to a 4th and 8 on the ‘Jackets’ 14-yard line, but quarterback Jack Ederer found King Rue on a pitch and catch that appeared to hit the ground, but was ruled a catch to give them a first down.

The turning point in the game arguably came in the first quarter when senior running back John Berry came off the field holding his shoulder after the ‘Jackets’ first offensive drive. It was later confirmed that Berry had dislocated his shoulder and was ruled out the rest of the game.

Lebanon didn’t back down as sophomore defensive back Curtis Mobley intercepted Ederer to give LHS the ball on their own five-yard line.

Unfortunately, the ‘Jackets would turn the ball over on the first play after the pick, giving the Panthers great field position and Kentrell Simmons found his way into the end zone to extend Norths lead to 14-0 with 2:11 left in the first quarter.

On the ensuing drive, Lebanon drove the length of the field to the Panthers’ 12-yard line, but a fumble from the ‘Jackets led to an 87-yard scoop-and-score for junior Jaylin Vaughn, and FZN never looked back.

Junior Ty Glendenning led Lebanon on their only scoring drive of the night, sneaking into the end zone from one-yard out to cut into the lead with 7:38 remaining in the first half.

Just three plays later the Panthers score gain as Ederer found Rue for a 61-yard touchdown. With 1:19 remaining Ederer would throw another touchdown pass to give the Panthers a 35-7 lead heading into halftime.

Lebanon couldn’t get much going in the second half, but the ‘Jackets didn’t roll over as they allowed just one touchdown to the Panthers when Ederer connected with a receiver on a 14-yard touchdown to cap a 16 play, 71-yard drive.

The Yellowjackets end a fantastic season and will say goodbye to a highly-touted senior class consisting of 22 seniors who helped lead Lebanon to just their second state quarterfinal appearance in school history and their fifth district championship ever.

Even with losing 22 seniors, the future looks bright for LHS football as they return a host of sophomores and juniors who were key contributors on both sides of the ball. The ‘Jackets may get some help from a freshman class that finished their season with a 9-0 record and a junior varsity team that finished 7-2 on the season.


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