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Crite leads Lebanon to Gentry's first win

Staff Reports • Sep 8, 2017 at 11:48 PM

LEBANON—Chandler Crite threw a 65-yard touchdown pass on the game's first play as Lebanon got its first win for coach Chuck Gentry on Friday night, holding off visiting LaVergne, 31-26.

The Blue Devils, which had shown improvement the first three games of the season but hadn't yet won, celebrated Homecoming by taking control early.

Crite and Tyrique Cooper led Lebanon's offense. Cooper finished with 182 rushing yards – including a 98-yard rushing touchdown in the third quarter – while Crite finished with 129 rushing yards and 71 passing.

Crite's scoring pass to Adewale Oluwatobi set the tone for the Blue Devils' 17-point first quarter. Noah Mulaski bounced in a 44-yard field goal off the left upright to extend the Lebanon lead, and Joshua Powell added a 3-yard scoring run to make it 17-0.

LaVergne got on the board when Keianthony Conner hit Josh Lewis for a 26-yard scoring pass, but Lebanon answered the score with Crite's 27-yard scoring run.

Lebanon finished the half with momentum, recovering a LaVergne fumble after the Wolverines had driven to the Lebanon 11.

The first part of the third quarter put the game away. LaVergne opened with a long drive, but couldn't convert on a fourth-and-1 at the Lebanon 2. Cooper followed on the next play with his long touchdown run, which made it 31-6.

Conner led LaVergne to three touchdowns in the final eight minutes, but Lebanon recovered an onside kick, got a first down on Crite run and held on.

Conner finished the night with 427 passing yards.

LaVergne fell to 0-4 for the first time since 1992.

Both teams play at home next week.

Lebanon (1-3) will play host to Hendersonville and LaVergne will tangle with McGavock.

Lebanon 31, LaVergne 26

LaVergne 0 6 0 20—26

Lebanon 17 7 7 0—31

First Quarter

L—Oluwatobi 65 pass from Crite (Mulaski kick), 11:43.

L—FG Mulaski 44, 6:33.

L—Powell 3 run (Mulaski kick), 0:44.

Second Quarter

LV—Lewis 26 pass from Conner (kick failed), 8:48.

L—Crite 27 run (Mulaski kick), 5:01.

Third Quarter

L—Cooper 98 run (Mulaski kick), 4:53.

Fourth Quarter

LV—Wallace 4 run (pass failed), 7:14.

LV—Thompson 68 pass from Conner (Lewis pass from Conner), 5:17.

LV—Bradley 10 pass from Conner (pass failed), 0:58.

LV Leb

First downs 17 11

Rushes-Yards 28-26 37-320

Passing Yards 427 71

Passes 21-32-1 2-8-0

Punts 3-44.3 3-28.7

Fum-Lost 2-2 1-1

Penalties-Yards 7-71 4-52

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING—LaVergne, Wells 12-42, Conner 12-(-4), Lewis 1-0, Ridley 3-(-12). Lebanon, Crite 15-129, Cooper 11-182, Powell 6-5, Kelley 3-5. Butler 2-(-1).

PASSING—LaVergne, Conner 20-30-1-416, Ridley 0-1-0-0. Lebanon, Crite 2-7-0-71, Butler 0-1-0-0.

RECEIVING—LaVergne, Lewis 11-249, Wells 1-7, Prince 4-58, Lainez 1-12, Thompson 3-91, Bradley 1-10. Lebanon, Oluwatobi 2-71.

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