LEBANON — Mistakes didn’t come back to haunt Greenfield-Central in Week 1. They sure did in its second game Friday night at Lebanon.
Missed tackles, blown coverages and dropped passes — plus a relentless Tiger run game — sent the Cougars reeling toward their first loss of the season before weather forced a postponement to 11 a.m. today.
With the host Tigers ahead 30-7 and nine minutes, 27 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, the night’s second lightning delay was issued. After 30 minutes of real time, the decision was made to cease play for the night.
The first lightning-induced weather delay caused a 54-minute stoppage near the onset of the third quarter.
“It’s part of it,” G-C coach Roger Dodson said of the delay. “I would’ve liked to have gotten it in, but the weather didn’t cooperate with us.”
When play resumed after the first delay, Lebanon’s ground game got going. It scored twice on runs by Isaac Harker and Jamason Wright in a five and half minute span to blow the game open, increasing its halftime lead of 17-7 to 30-7.
The Tigers started the game fast, with Jalen Harris returning the opening kickoff 52 yards to the Greenfield-Central 40. Ten plays later, Harker, Lebanon’s QB, scored from five yards out on a keeper.
The Cougars picked up a first down on their initial drive, but were forced to punt. The Tigers followed the same pattern on their second drive, but were victimized by an 18-yard punt, giving the visitors the ball on the hosts’ 31.
On the next play, Greenfield-Central QB Jeremiah Fields found a wide-open Stephen Dickerson for a touchdown. Adam Casto’s point-after leveled the game at seven.