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Lebanon football: a model of winning consistency

By Chris Pinson,


LEBANON, Mo–It’s week three of the high school football season and 1ST & 10.

In Lebanon, the Yellowjackets have been building a winning program for years now.

Friday night it’ll be put to the test against Kickapoo.

KOLR 10’s Chris Pinson joins us now live with a preview of this battle of unbeatens.

Hey Dan, nothing gets the fans amped up more than a good ole fashion showdown between two undefeated teams.

One is seeking revenge, while the other one wants to keep the upperhand.

“We continue to do the things no one else wants to do.”

Being a model of consistency requires just that: consistent results.

Which is exactly what Lebanon’s football team produces.

The Yellowjackets have finished with a winning record 12 of the last 13 seasons, including 5 district titles in the last six years.

At 2-0 this fall, Will Christian’s team is off to another promising start heading into their showdown with undefeated Kickapoo.

“Our identity is something that is really important to us, which is our physicality and our effort, and I think that both of those things our kids put on display the first two weeks,” said Christian.

The Chiefs and Yellowjackets have played every year since 2008.

With Lebanon winning the last 2 battles by an average of 19 points.

Despite the dominant victories, and the series tied 8 games a piece, coach Christian’s team is focused on the result, not the hype.

“I don’t think it’s anything special. We’ve been in big games. We’ve played in the last four years district championship. Been the OC race every year. I think it’s just doing the stuff we do well,” said quarterback Gavin Smith.

So what’s the secret to Lebanon’s success?

An offense that slows down the game while still averaging 56 points a contest.

“We wanna control the football. Control the time of possession. Manage things very well and frustrate our opponent’s offense because they’re on the sideline most of the night,” said Christian.

“We’re all about four yards a play. We don’t care about them big plays. As long as we’re getting three of the four every play, it’s gonna go,” said Smith.

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