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Blue Devils outscored at Franklin County

Jeff Neal correspondent • Dec 17, 2015 at 7:04 PM


WINCHESTER -- Lebanon High School's football team doesn't have to worry about scoring points. But preventing the other team from scoring has become a major concern.

The Blue Devils stayed with host Franklin County most of the night, but couldn't get the tying touchdown and lost 47-33 on Friday.

Lebanon (0-2) has allowed 103 points in its first two games.

"We're playing hard, but we're not playing smart,"  Lebanon coach Sam Harp said. "We're playing a lot of guys who had never seen action on Friday night before last week, and we need to work on some things."

Taye Davis had a huge game for the Blue Devils, scoring four touchdowns.

He scored on a 1-yard run in the opening period and added a 56-yard scoring reception in the second. He had a 5-yard run in the third period and another 47-yard touchdown catch in the third quarter.

The last score cut Lebanon's deficit to 33-26, but Franklin County's Marce Gray had answer for the Rebels. He had five touchdowns on the night, including a 3-yard run to push the margin back to 14.

Darshan Patel got a 39-yard touchdown pass from Jarren Stewart to cut the margin back to one score with 6:38 left, but Gray capped the scoring 90 seconds later with a 35-yard run.

Gray finished with 127 yards on 16 carries. Davis had 188 yards rushing and receiving combined.

Davis' first touchdown gave Lebanon its only lead of the game, 6-3, before Kai Kinslow and Gray scored for Franklin County. 

Davis' first scoring reception cut the margin to 17-12, but after a punt pinned Lebanon on its own 1, Davis was tackled in the end zone for a safety.

The road doesn't get any easier for Lebanon, which hosts Class 5A state runner-up Hendersonville next week and then goes on the road to Lincoln County and Station Camp.

FC 47, L 33

Lebanon 6 6 7 14--33

Franklin Co. 10 9 14 14-47

First Quarter

FC--FG Kai Kinslow 27, 7:32

Leb--Taye Davis 1 run (kick failed), 2:55

FC--Kinslow 1 run (Kinslow kick), 2:17

Second Quarter

FC--Marce Gray 4 run (Kinslow kick), 6:09

Leb--Davis 56 pass from Baker (pass failed)), 4:05

FC--Safety, Davis tackled in end zone, 0:59

Third Quarter

FC--Gray 3 run (Kinslow kick), 6:58

Leb--Davis 5 run (Logan White kick), 2:17

FC--Gray 4 run (Kinslow kick)

Fourth Quarter

Leb--Davis 47 pass from Stewart (White kick), 11:48

FC--Gray 3 run (Kinslow kick)

Leb--Darshan Patel 39 pass from Stewart (White kick), 6:38

FC--Gray 35 run (Kinslow kick), 5:08

Leb FC

First downs 14 20

Rushing-Yards 27-178 36-337

Passing Yards 165 0

Passes 6-15-0 0-6-0

Punts 2-20 2-40

Fumbles-Lost 1-1 1-1

Penalties-Yards 2-20 3-30


RUSHING: Lebanon, Taye Davis 16-85, Baker 10-92, Joseph Taylor 1-0, Raheem Reynolds 1-1. Kinslow 7-27. Franklin County, Gray 16-127, Mike Leslie 7-38, Farris 5-2, Donovan Russell 1-3.

PASSING: Lebanon, Stewart 6-12-0-165, Jackson Gray 0-3-0-0. Franklin County, Russell 0-6-0-0.

RECEIVING: Lebanon, Taye Davis 2-103, Santana 1-8, Patel 2-50, Coty Black 1-4.


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