INDEPENDENCE — Falling behind early has been a trend for the Lebanon High football team this Mid-Willamette Conference season.
The first two times the Warriors rallied only to lose in heartbreaking fashion.
That trend continued on Thursday, only the outcome was different this time.
Lebanon overcame a 14-0 deficit to knock off Central, 40-27, and remain in fourth place in the MWC standings.
Down 14-0, Colton Shepard scored on a 75-yard run and the two-point conversion made it 14-8 in the second quarter.
Peter Mendazona hit Isaiah Abraham from 29 yards out for the TD to put Central up 20-8 with 8:40 left in the half.
But the Warriors closed the first half strong with two touchdown passes, the last coming with 17 seconds for a 21-20 lead.
Lebanon increased its lead to 27-20 with a 3-yard TD with 7:13 left in the third quarter.
Early in the fourth, Cody Johnson put the Warriors up 33-20 with a 40-yard touchdown run before the Panthers answered with another passing touchdown to get within 33-27 with 8:49 to play.
Both teams punted on their ensuing possessions before the Warriors chewed up the clock and scored for a 40-27 lead with 1:11 to play.
Central falls to 3-4 overall and 1-3 in MWC play.
Lebanon (4-2, 1-2) is at South Albany on Oct. 20. The Rebels (3-4, 3-1) dropped a 28-21 home game to Silverton (5-2, 3-2) on Thursday. Crescent Valley (7-0, 4-0) is in first.
Gervais 20, Jefferson 14
GERVAIS — Jefferson fell behind 20-0 and couldn’t recover in the PacWest Conference road loss.
The Lions got within 20-8 at the half on Skylar Williams’ 1-yard run and a two-point conversion.
Jefferson made it a one-score contest thanks to a 29-yard touchdown pass from Isaac Deleon to make it 20-14 with 2:24 left.
But the Lions could get no closer.
Jefferson (0-7, 0-4) hosts Salem Academy on Oct. 20.
ADAIR VILLAGE— The Santiam Christian boys soccer team upped its winning streak to three games as the Eagles defeated Central Linn 6-0.
The Eagles (6-4-3, 6-1-3) travel to Creswell on Thursday.
The Cobras (0-9-1, 0-8-1) host Glide on Tuesday.
Sisters 4, Sweet Home 0
SISTERS — Sweet Home dropped its second consecutive game as it couldn’t muster any offense against Sisters.
The Huskies (2-6-3, 1-4-3) continue Sky-Em League play on Tuesday as they host Sutherlin.
HALSEY — Santiam Christian was able to fight off Central Linn, 3-2, for its second straight win.
The Eagles (7-3-1, 5-1-1) host Creswell on Thursday.
The Cobras (2-8-1, 0-6-1) take on Pleasant Hill on Thursday.
SUTHERLIN — The Sweet Home volleyball team defeated Sutherlin 3-0 on Thursday night. Set scores were 25-16, 25-18, 25-11.
The Huskies (13-4, 7-2) take on Cottage Grove on Monday for their regular season finale.
Harrisburg 3, Pleasant Hill 0
HARRISBURG — Harrisburg ran its winning streak to three matches with a victory against Pleasant Hill. Set scores were 25-7, 25-20, 25-11.
The Eagles (14-5, 6-2) continue Mountain Valley Conference play on Tuesday against Coquille.
Regis 3, East Linn Christian 0
STAYTON — East Linn Christian dropped its ninth straight game as the Eagles fell to Regis. Set scores were 25-12, 25-10, 25-10.
The Eagles (1-16, 0-10) host Western Mennonite on Monday.