La Vergne bounces back with 68-0 win at Antioch

La Vergne's Jaden Bouknight (26) turns the corner for yardage against Antioch. JOSEPH SUMMERS

ANTIOCH — The LaVergne Wolverines rebounded from last week’s loss to Rossview with a resounding 68-0 victory to get their first league win of the season.

Junior Quarterback Lavandre Webb Jr. and junior running back Ray Banner each tailed three first-half touchdowns, putting the Wolverines foot on the gas early.

“From the jump, I told the team don’t think this will be an easy win," Webb said. "We must come out strong. Just because we look like we overpower them doesn’t mean anything.”  

By the end of the first quarter, La Vergne was already up 28-0.

The defense would join the scoring party as well, forcing the Bears offense to five turnovers including back-to-back interceptions for touchdowns that blew the game open. La Vergne coach Stanton Stevens said his team’s defensive play was very important in last night’s win.

“You have to be able to create turnovers whether its fumbles or interceptions and we took a couple to the end zone," Stevens said. "All of those things go in to making you a complete team.”  

Antioch struggled to get anything going on offense. Five first-half turnovers -- four from junior quarterback and first-year starter Joey Albright -- put the Bears in the hole early and could never recover. Head coach Ian Marshall had his work cut out for his team the rest of the night.

“We (Antioch) just couldn’t execute," Marshall said. "We had a game plan, but putting a game plan together and executing are two totally different things.”

The Bears had much trouble finding any kind of rhythm and executing this season so far as Antioch has been outscored 200-12 in their three games this season.

“It’s been tough to get a rhythm all year," he said. "We have a lot of young kids who are just learning football.”

As for the Wolverines, Stevens was proud of his team victory, but knows it's still a long season.

“This win was very important," he said. Down the stretch we have a very tough schedule and we’ve to play well right now. We’ve played like we should’ve played and we executed so I was happy with that, but we’ve got seven more games. We’ve got a long season.”

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