Tensions were high as visiting Lebanon took on Portland on Friday, but the Blue Devils’ took out their frustrations with a 23-6 win.
Things were quiet during the first half of the game, with neither team scoring, much less making any big plays or yardage.
The end of the second quarter and going into the half seemed to turn things around.
Lebanon drew first blood in the second quarter with a 2-yard run by Karlton Bruton. The two-point conversion was then successful as Taye Davis ran the ball in, putting Lebanon up 8-0.
After halftime, penalties, scoring and tensions then rose.
Lebanon scored in the third, as Harley Drennon ran the ball in for a touchdown from 9 yards out. Another successful two-point conversion behind an Eddie McDaniels run gave Lebanon a 16-0 lead.
Portland finally got on the board in the fourth on a 2-yard run by Bryant Dowlen. The two-point attempt failed.
With three minutes remaining in the game, it was Lebanon to score again behind the legs of Davis. Davis breezed into the end zone from 20 yards out. Cameron Harris added the extra point to put Lebanon further ahead 23-6.
With less than two minutes left in the game, Portland’s Malik Maxwell and Lebanon’s J’Quan Jackson were both ejected after punches were thrown at midfield prior to Lebanon’s final possession of the ball.
Teams were instructed to return to their sidelines for around five minutes while officials got control of the game. The teams did not shake hands after the game.
Lebanon 23, Portland 6
Lebanon 0 8 8 7—23
Portland 0 0 0 6—6
Lebanon—Bruton 2 run (Davis 3 run for 2-pt), 7:18
Lebanon—Drennon 9 run (McDaniels 3 run for 2-pt), 5:35
Portland—Dowlen 2 run (failed 2-pt), 6:20
Lebanon—Davis 20 run (Harris kick), 3:18
First Downs 9 9
Penalties-yards 9-70 8-60
Rushes-yards 37-161 42-171
Passing yards 114 10
Comp.-att.-int. 9-13-0 1-9-1
Fumbles-lost 0-0 0-0
RUSHING — Lebanon, Taye Davis 20-93, Eduardo Alvarez 2-6, Christian Haffner 2-[-6], Eddie McDaniels 2-11, Karlton Bruton 3-10, Harley Drennon 7-47. Portland, Devonta House 10-31, Cody Johnson 1-2, Bryant Dowlen 17-88, Austin Griggs 11-44, Kemper Dixon 1-1, Malik Maxwell.
PASSING —Lebanon, Haffner, 9-13-0-114. Portland, Griggs, 1-9-1-10.
RECEIVING —Lebanon, Julian Crutchfield 2-51, Alvarez 1-14, Davis 2-16, McDaniels 3-32, J’Quan Jackson 1-1. Portland, Michael Hardy 1-10.