It was not exactly the way Lebanon coach Shawn Lamb wanted to end his 13-year stint as head football coach.
The youthful Warriors opened the season with two wins before dropping six straight. After a win over Stebbins, Lebanon had a chance to go out on a two-game streak.
Instead, rival Springboro ended the Lamb era with a 38-7 win, dropping Lebanon to 3-7 overall and 0-3 in the Greater Western Ohio Conference National West Division.
“It was a tough way to end the season,” Lamb said. “We just couldn’t get anything going on either side of the football.
“The last 13 years have been a great ride but it’s time to spend time with my three kids. This was my last game as the head coach of the Lebanon Warriors.”
Lebanon jumped to a quick 7-0 lead on an 8-yard run by Brendan Lamb, but it would be the only time the Warriors visited the end zone.
Lebanon led 7-3 after a quarter but trailed 10-7 at the half and Springboro invoked the running clock with 11:18 remaining.
Lamb finished with 23 yards on nine carries while Kyle Short was 5 of 16 for 37 yards and an interception as Lebanon was held to five first downs and 82 yards in total offense.
Springboro finished with 27 first downs and 439 yards in total offense.
“I wish this team much success in the future,” Coach Lamb said. “I’m proud of all of former plays that wore maroon on Friday nights.”
Mason 36, Lakota East 0: The Comets dominated to punch their ticket to the Division I, Region 4 state playoffs.
Mason, 8-2 and 6-2 in the Greater Miami Conference, hosted 7-3 West Clermont in the opening round this past Friday.
The Comets led 22-0 after the first quarter behind a pair of Matt Sora scoring runs before pushing the lead to 29-0 at the half on a 24-yard scoring strike from Jake Harris to Tanner Knue.
Mason held a 19-6 advantage in first downs and out-gained Lakota East 384-126.
Sora led the Comets with 168 yards on 16 carries while Logan Dalton added 109 yards on 11 carries.
Kings 48, Withrow 0: After an uncharacteristic start to the season, the Knights came back to finish 5-5 with the shutout.
“I know one thing for sure, it is better to win your last three than lose them,” coach Andy Olds said.
Nak’emon Williams led the way for the Knights with 124 yards on 11 carries, including four scoring runs that started the running clock with 10:29 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Kings held Withrow to three first downs and 135 yards in total offense while piling up 271 of its 275 yards on the ground.
The Kings defense forced six turnovers.
Senior Ethan Young had a pick-6 to close his high school career while junior Hunter Jesse recorded his Eastern Cincinnati Conference-leading fifth interception.
“We definitely have a lot coming back in 2018,” Olds said.
Little Miami 41, Troy Christian 0: Talk about turnarounds.
Little Miami recorded its seventh win, most wins since 2007, securing its fourth winning record in the last 31 years.
The Panthers (7-3 overall, 3-3 Southwest Ohio Conference) also claimed more conference wins, three, than they had in the last five years (two).
Little Miami led Troy Christian 28-0 at the half with Jake Shirey getting the running clock going in the third quarter on a 29-yard scoring run.
The Panthers allowed 92 yards in total offense while the was churning out 335.
Shirey led the way with 153 yards on 12 carries while sophomore quarterback Brody Reder went over 1,000 yards passing for the season.