Well there’s always a debate when it comes to pinpointing the best rivalry in the Upper Valley, but there was no questioning how bad either side wanted to claim the coveted Principals Cup during Friday night’s showdown between the Lebanon and Hanover football teams.
And while it was the Raiders who headed into the contest with just one loss on its record, it was the 1-3 Marauders who struck first with the game’s first points.
And fittingly, it was Hanover senior Don Linehan who found the end zone in his first game back since suffering a broken wrist in Week 3, scoring on a two-yard run after haven broken free for a 70-yard gain just one play earlier. Unfortunately for the home team, however, it was all Lebanon from there as the Raiders pounded out four consecutive touchdowns on their way to a 28-6 victory.
Junior Ryan Miliken found the end zone twice for Lebanon – including his team’s first score on this 30-yard touchdown run down the right sideline – before touchdowns from Walker Tuttle here early in the third quarter, and Tavian Tobin on this well-executed play rounded out the games scoring.
Mike Pezone spoke with Miliken after the game to ask about the significance of wining the Principals Cup for a third straight year.
Mike also spoke with Lebanon coach Chris Childs, who said he couldn’t have been more pleased with his team’s effort.
Lebanon with travel north to face 4-1 Kennett on Friday, while Hanover will try and bounce back Saturday at Pembroke.