Kearsarge and Lebanon both came into the matchup coming off losses, and looking to sure up their chances of making it to the division 2 playoffs as both sit behind a powerhouse Kennet team in the standings
And though both teams shared the same record entering the game, Kearsarge proved themselves superior, in a 37-14 slug fest that saw Kearsarge run at will against the Lebanon defense. Kearsarge running back Justin Norris kicked off the scoring by breaking through the pack for a 50 yard touchdown run.
Kearsarge was then set up in Lebanon territory early in the second quarter after a Lebanon punt, and Cougars quarterback Willio Rehor scampered into the end zone on a designed QB run to put the cougars up 16 to Nothing after Norris converted the 2 point try.
The Raiders put their first points on the board after a great punt pinned Kearsarge at the one and Hennewell tracked down Norris in the end zone for a safety.
Lebanon pulled to within one score midway through the third on a 40 yard Score from Miliken, but Kearsarge put it out of reach after Rehor hit Cameron Webster for a 16 yard TD Pass and despite an attempt to mount a comeback with Milliken returning a kickoff 70 yards for a score, it was too little too late to stop the power running game of the Cougars.
We caught up with Kearsarge head coach Zach Matthews to ask him about the team’s success in the running game, and their upcoming matchup against Laconia.
The Cougars will host Laconia on Friday for their regular season finale, while Lebanon will try and keep their dwindling playoff hopes alive when they host Con-Val.