CORVALLIS — Lebanon High played like a desperate football team Friday night at Corvallis.
Coming off their first two-game losing streak since 2015, the Warriors piled up 490 yards on the ground in a runaway 50-7 Mid-Willamette Conference victory. Four Lebanon (3-2, 1-2 MWC) ball carriers surpassed 72 rushing yards while Clyde Rood, Chaz Daniels and Cody Johnson had two touchdowns apiece.
“The big dirties up front are our guys,” Warriors coach Ty Tomlin said. “I told them this week that we were going to lean on those guys and the running backs, all they had to do was hold on to the dang ball.”
In last week’s 31-30 home defeat to Silverton, the Warriors lost four fumbles. Turnovers were also a factor in the team’s MWC opener, a 25-24 loss to Crescent Valley.
“I was super proud of those guys tonight,” Tomlin said. “The big guys up front did their job and the running backs ran hard and didn’t turn the ball over.”
Rood finished with team highs in carries (15) and yards (159). Johnson added 154 yards on nine carries and Daniels 82 yards on nine carries while quarterback Colton Shepard had 10 runs for 72 yards.
Shepard also completed 4 of 9 passes for 98 yards, including a 63-yard scoring hookup with Harrison Wimmer.
The Spartans (1-4, 0-3) were led by senior running back Roy Williams, who finished with 17 carries for 96 yards. Seamus Hennessy was 15 of 30 passing for 130 yards with a TD and two interceptions.
The Warriors led 24-0 after the opening quarter, running 25 plays to CHS' six while holding a 240-7 advantage in total yards from scrimmage.
Rood scoring rushes of 16 and 2 yards, along with a pair of successful two-point conversions, put the visitors up 16-0. Lebanon then recovered an onside kick to set up its third first-quarter touchdown, an 18-yard burst from Daniels.
“I think our kids really had a different level of focus tonight,” Tomlin said of the fast start. “They were really quiet on the bus, they were different in the locker room and you could tell there were some kids kind of stepping up and getting them focused on what they needed to do.”
On the second play of the next period, Shepard connected with a wide-open Wimmer on a pump-and-go for a 63-yard score. Hennessy's 3-yard pass to Max Johnson cut Lebanon's lead to 31-7 at the break.
TD runs by Daniels (2) and Johnson (55) made it 43-7 heading to the fourth. Johnson’s second score of the night, this time from 9 yards out, provided the final margin.
Lebanon, the defending MWC and 5A state champion, hosts Willamette next week in nonconference play. The Spartans will hit the road to face Silverton.