The 2021 high school football season has wrapped up for the Tigers as they suffered a 42-14 loss against #1 Roncalli in the sectional championship. This is not unfamiliar territory for the Tigers, making it to the sectional championship against Roncalli, but getting over the hump of beating them has been the hard part. Their 2020 season came to an end on the Royal’s home turf when they were defeated 42-7, just as their 2019 season did when the Royals beat them 34-14.
Looking back to the 2019 season, taking out last year’s due to COVID-19 cancelling games, Lebanon experienced significant improvement. They tallied up two more wins, both within Sagamore Conference play. The Tigers spoiled Tri-West’s homecoming with a 28-21 victory and simply out played Western Boone on their home field, walking away with a 12-7 win.
“My biggest takeaway from the year was how well the team came together when things got tough,” said senior Hunter Crew.
Lebanon’s 6-1 record in conference play slotted them into second, just a game behind the Danville Warriors who beat the Tigers 42-19.
Lebanon had many players receive All Conference honors this season including Trevor Winkles, Nick Finney, Max Williams, Drew Terrill, Landon Fouts and Brayton Bowen.
For some players it was a season to focus on their skills playing the game and for others it was about focusing on their leadership skills and growing as a person.
“My biggest takeaway [from the season] was growing as a leader and person,” said senior Kamden McCollum.
For the senior players, it is a time to look back on their four years playing for Head Coach Jeff Smock and reflect on all of the experiences they had playing in a Lebanon uniform.
“I will remember the good times and the bad times and how much of a bond this group of seniors had together,” said senior Hunter Crew.
“The thing I’ll remember most is all the dancing we did after wins,” said senior Kamden McCollum.