Photo by Lori PoteetVince Gwynn rushed for 24 yards on eight carries for a struggling offense Friday.
Photo by Lori Poteet

Vince Gwynn rushed for 24 yards on eight carries for a struggling offense Friday.
LINDEN- In a cold and wet game that was dominated by defense and special teams the Lebanon Tigers beat the North Montgomery Chargers 6-0. Both defenses played well and had some extra help from Mother Nature.

Lebanon held the Chargers offense to just 117 total yards and not a single touchdown. The Tigers also forced one Charger turnover. The Chargers defense also showed up to the game. They allowed 163 total yards, all of which were on the ground. The allowed just the one touchdown, which is all that the Tigers needed. The Chargers did force five Tiger turnovers, but could not capitalize on a single one.

"We knew that we were going to have to buckle down and stop the run," North Montgomery head coach Josh Thompson said. "For the most part I was pretty happy with our defense. I thought they played their butts off. They got turnovers and I was pretty pleased."

Early in the third quarter North Montgomery had the ball deep in their territory. The ball was snapped to punter L.J. Smith as he went to kick the ball Lebanon's Erik Hart busted through the line and blocked the punt. Lebanon recovered the ball on the Charger 13 yard line. Four plays later junior running back Gage Pedigo punch in a three yard run with 10:23 left in the second quarter. That touchdown would be the only one of the game.

"We are a defensive team and the weather was kind of in our advantage," Lebanon head coach Kent Wright said. "Special teams wise that was the key to the game. We got the blocked punt and scored after that.

"Last week it probably was our special teams that got us beat. So, it was good to get them back," Wright added.

Fast forward to the end of the game. Lebanon had the ball and ran the clock down to 30 seconds before taking a time out. On fourth down they decide to punt the ball from their 15 yard line instead of taking a safety and then kicking the ball deep to North Montgomery. The punt gets tipped at the line of scrimmage and the Chargers get the ball at the Tigers 17. North would throw the ball to the end zone looking for Wray, but it falls incomplete. One the last play of the game junior quarterback as Baylee Adams is sacked as time runs out.

"I thought maybe we go for the safety, but we decided not to at the last second. We decided to play some defense," Wright said. "Defense has been big for us all year."

North Montgomery (4-3, 3-2 SAC) travels to Western Boone next week. Lebanon (4-3, 3-2 SAC) travels to Crawfordsville. Both games will start at 7 p.m.