Things started well for Crawfordsville in their homecoming matchup against Lebanon. However, injuries caught up with them in the second half as Lebanon helped put a damper on the homecoming festivities with a 52-19 victory.

Crawfordsville’s defense set the tone on the Tigers first drive forcing a fumble at the their own 40. 12-plays later, Caden Jones rumbled up the middle for 17-yards as the Athenians took a 7-0 lead.

With the Tigers leading 14-7, the Athenians added another score right before half. They marched 80 yards in 6:41 capped bby Trent Johnson’s 8-yard run to cut the deficit to 14-13.

However, Lebanon would not be outdone. They went on a 7-play, 80-yard drive to take a 21-13 lead at halftime. Daulton Bridgewater was hurt on the drive, when he tried to make a tackle and did not return.

Things went from back to worse for the Athenians at the start of the second half. Johnson was injured on the second play from scrimmage and did not return. Jones came out a few plays later due to cramping.

Of the Athenians six possessions in the third, they had two fumbles, three punts and a bad snap. Lebanon (5-2, 4-1 SAC) took full advantage of the great field possession scoring 24 in the quarter to take a commanding 45-13 lead headed to the fourth.

Jones returned on the Athenians final drive of the game, helping them pick up their first first down of the half at the 7:00 mark of the fourth quarter. He capped that 9-play drive which covered 69-yards with a 14-yard run for pay dirt. Steven LaTre helped the Athenians reach the endzone with 2-carries for 29 yards on the drive.

Athenian head coach Larry Getts declined comment after the game.

Crawfordsville was led offensively by Jones 111-yards on 22-carries. Johnson completed three passes for 65-yards before his injury, the longest a 29-yard completion to Cam Saunders.

The Athenians (2-5, 2-3) SAC will host Tri-West next Friday for senior night. Game time is 7 p.m.