By Jeremy McDonald
LEBANON, Ore.– For the first quarter-and-a-half Lebanon jumped on Dallas’ slow start in their 34-14 win over the Dragons Friday night at Lebanon High School.
By the 11:20 mark Dallas found themselves in a 27-0 deficit and faced a tough challenge to answer back as Brayden Burton and the Warriors had firmly planted momentum in their direction to start the second quarter.
“We started off pretty slow and not moving as one, as one machine. But then towards the half we started to pick up a little bit, but it was just too late,” the Dragons’ Owen Hess said of the start. “We can start working better as a team and being able to count on each other to do our jobs well and get them done. We got to flush it and come back next week.
It was the second quarter in which Dallas started coming around. Consistency plagued them in the first quarter, but now they were piecing together drives. Their defense halted the Lebanon offense to an Andreus Smith quarterback keeper in the third quarter as Logan Person and Hess each scored for the Dragons in the game.
Person broke the shutout in the second quarter as Dallas saw a few promising drives halted in the red-zone during the course of the final three quarters.
“We started to pick it up there in the second quarter and realize that they’re a tough team and we need to step up. Towards the end of the game, we stepped it up. Starting off weak has been a problem for us, but starting Monday we’re going to fix it. Start working harder, leaders start getting everyone working harder in every single rep and get back into it,” Person said.
“(Burton) was a shifty dude back there and we just have to break down our feet. We had our hands on him all the time. We were getting our hands on him and he was breaking tackles, so if we just gripped on and held on. Wait on for our team to get there, he would’ve been held to under 100 yards. It was just us securing those tackles and playing football.”
Burton had 180-plus yards on 20 carries in the first half alone as he eclipsed 250-yards in the win Friday night. Person rushed for over 100 himself on 16 carries. Kolby Johnson-Sallee had four receptions for 80 yards as the senior receiver and the running game picked up for the Dragons down the stretch.
With Corvallis and Central left on their schedule, the Dragons sit in a three-way tie for fourth-place with the Spartans. Corvallis and Dallas meet next Friday in Corvallis with everyone chasing for that last automatic bid or an at-large bid going into the postseason.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald