La Vergne holds off Wilson Central 14-12

La Vergne's Will Monaghan brings downs Wilson Central's Zavier Ali. DALLUS WHITFIELD

LEBANON -- La Vergne (4-3) got over the .500 mark on the season on Friday night with a 14-12 road victory against Wilson Central.

Rain affected play most of the night as it turned into smash-mouth game.

"Overall we played pretty well but we needed to play better up front and we just did not do that," Wilson Central coach Brad Dedman said. "I will take the blame for that. We have to be better."

The Wildcats played a pretty clean game, only committing one penalty for the first 24 minutes and three overall.

The first score in the game didn't come until late in the second quarter as La Vergne's Raymond Banner scored on a 17-yard run. The score was set up by a pass caught by Kristen Laniez from LaVandrea Webb for 45 yards.

For the game, Webb was 7 of 11 for 109 yards a touchdown and a interception.

Wilson Central scored right before the half as backup quarterback Corbin Blount got into position, and the starter Tristan Lewis threw a pass to Zavier Ali for 29 yards. On the point after, a high snap resulted in a failed try to leave the score at 7-6.

Coming out of the half, La Vergne got the football and went on two long drives consisting of 17 offensive plays. The second drive was eight plays for 65 yards.

A key penalty on the Wildcats for unsportsmanlike conduct call got the football inside the red zone. Banner was the workhorse, but Tavarius Battle got the final three yards and touchdown to give the Wolverines a 14-6 lead.

"We challenged our guys last week that we wanted to be more physical up front. (Raymond) Banner was a workhorse. If we ran power ISO or a power I he would be the head of it," La Vergne coach Stanton Stevens said.

Banner finished the night with 20 carries for 120 yards and a score.

In the final quarter, the Wildcats drove the ball 14 plays for 76 yards. The key plays were a third-and-11 conversion on a catch by Abe Gizaw. Also a fourth-and-eight conversion for a 25-yard catch by CJ Morrow that kept the drive alive. Ali scored on a 5-yard run.  

The Wildcats attempted to tie it with a 2-point play but failed as Ali did not came up short after an unsportsmanlike penalty by La Vergne moved the ball half the distance to the goal.

"We were going to go for two there no question even though there was a little less than six  minutes to go," Dedman said.

La Vergne had a three and out and had to punt. The Wildcats had one last chance but on a fourth-and-two play, a pass as incomplete.

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