September 17, 2016

The matchup seemed perfect for Beavercreek — their league-leading rushing attack up against a defense that had trouble stopping the run in previous games.  But the Lebanon Warriors were able to contain the run enough to win Friday night, 27-21.  Justin Terrell got the Beavers on the board first with a 6-yard touchdown run and a 7-0 first quarter lead.  Lebanon then owned the second and third quarters, as QB Dakota Allen ran for two scores and connected with Jordan Campbell on a 46-yard touchdown pass to give the Warriors a 21-7 lead entering the fourth quarter.  Cody Hocker scored on a 2-yard run to cut the lead to 21-14.  Hocker then hit Jullian Linkhart for a 71-yard scoring strike and the game was tied at 21-21 with just over two minutes to play.  With :12 to play, Allen again was able to get the ball to his favorite target Jordan Campbell on a 35-yard touchdown pass that would put the Warriors up 27-21.

Lebanon held the Beavers to 280 yards on the ground and managed to score 27 points despite Beavercreek controlling the clock (33:01 to 14:59).  Allen was efficient at quarterback, connecting on 15 of 28 throws for 221 yards, 2 TDs, and an INT.  He also ran for 63 yards as Lebanon became the first team this season to rush for positive yards against the Beavercreek defense (94 yards on 16 carries).   Linkhart led the Beavers’ defense with 9 tackles and Jack Kowalski collected his second interception of the year.

Kaden Wenger was Beavercreek’s leading rusher with 160 yards on 28 carries.  Beavercreek will finish its three-game road journey next week at Fairmont.