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2017 Video Snapshot: Lebanon

It took a whole lot of senior love for Lebanon to break a 14-year playoff drought last season. Now the challenge for head coach Shawn Lamb and his staff is to repeat the feat and do so having to replace 17 starters.

With inexperience comes growing pains. For a group that has proven little at the varsity level, how the Warriors respond to adversity will be paramount if they want to play in November. Lebanon has to dig down deep, learn how to win and confidence will grow. At what point that happens this season will determine how successful this campaign can be.

Division I, Region 4
2016 RECORD: 7-4, 1-2 GWOC National West
COACH: Shawn Lamb (73-48 at Lebanon, 12 years; 73-48 overall)

HONOR ROLL
Nick Straw, Jr, LB – In all likelihood Straw will not play this season after breaking his wrist this summer. He led team with 124 total tackles (71 solo) on his way to Second Team All-Southwest District honors as a sophomore.

Zach Ball, Sr, LB – A big hitter on defense, Ball recorded 75 total tackles and three-and-a-half sacks as a junior. He was named Second Team All-GWOC National West for his effort.

OTHER RETURNEES
Jake Tewart, Sr, DB – Does a bit of everything for the Warriors. As a junior, Tewart was in on 40 total tackles, had an interception, amassed 451 total return yards and caught seven passes.

Luke Lane, Jr, OL – Back for his second year as a starter, the 6-foot-4, 290 pound Lane is big and athletic. An injury free season should land this o-lineman several Division I college offers.

Lebanon OL Luke Lane (photo by Greg Shoemaker/TriStateFootball.com)

NEWCOMERS
With so many holes to fill a slew of players are going to get a chance to shine under Friday night lights for the first time. A pair of seniors, DE Blake Justice and OL Colin Truett will finally get a chance to make an impact.

Juniors QB Kyle Short, TE Trevor Richmond, DT Adam Creech, WR Derrick Allen, WR Cole McGinnis and DB Sammy Stotts are hoping to have breakout campaigns. Short threw for 99 yards and a touchdown in limited playing time a year ago. Sophomore ATH/QB Ethan Marsh has transferred in from Moeller and has the talent to start somewhere.

PLAYOFF HISTORY
(nine appearances, 11-8) – 2016, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998 (State Champions), 1997 (Regional Champions), 1988, 1980 (State Runner-up)

2017 SCHEDULE
Fri – 08/25/17 – KINGS – 7:00 PM
Fri – 09/01/17 – at Loveland – 7:00 PM
Fri – 09/08/17 – FENWICK – 7:00 PM
Th – 09/14/17 – at Beavercreek – 7:00 PM
Fri – 09/22/17 – SPRINGFIELD – 7:00 PM
Fri – 09/29/17 – NORTHMONT – 7:00 PM
Fri – 10/06/17 – at Centerville – 7:00 PM
Fri – 10/13/17 – at Miamisburg – 7:00 PM
Fri – 10/20/17 – STEBBINS – 7:00 PM
Fri – 10/27/17 – at Springboro – 7:00 PM

WHICH WAY TO THE END ZONE
Of the 43 offensive touchdowns the Warriors scored a year ago, 42 of them came from seniors.

WINNING STREAK
Lebanon’s six game winning streak last fall was its longest during the regular season in 12 seasons under Lamb.

VIDEO INTERVIEWS
Jake Tewart
Luke Lane

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