ELIZABETHTOWN - Lebanon and Elizabethtown traded scores in a back-and-forth first half.
But the Bears owned the second half, outscoring the Cedars 23-0 to capture a 36-12 non-league football victory Friday night.
After both teams saw their opening drives stalled in the red zone by penalties, Lebanon’s offense drove 80 yards. The drive was highlighted by Joshua Kauffman’s 40-yard run and was capped off on fourth-and-goal sneak from the 1 by Cedars quarterback Zakee Sailsman.
In the second quarter, however, a sack by Elizabethtown’s Devyn Clair pinned Lebanon deep and set up great field position for Etown on the ensuing punt. The Bears’ offense capitalized four plays later when quarterback Micah Garber found Jonathan Jones, who eluded multiple defenders in racing to the end zone, for a 39-yard score.
Lebanon answered later in the second quarter when, facing a third-and-17, Sailsman eluded a heavy rush and lofted a 60-yard touchdown pass to Phillip Hillesheim.
The Bears (3-0) responded with a 12-play, 63-yard drive, finished off by Scott Fox’s 3-yard touchdown run to give Etown a 13-12 halftime lead.
Fox added two more TDs in the second half and Lebanon (1-2) was not able to make a comeback.
Elizabethtown 36, Lebanon 12
Lebanon _6 _ 6 _0 _0 _ — _ 12
Elizabethtown _0 _13 _ 7_ 16_ — _ 36
L — Zakee Sailsman 1 run (kick failed)
E — Jonathan Jones 39 pass from Micah Garber (David Shank kick)
L — Phillip Hillesheim 60 pass from Sailsman (run failed)
E — Scott Fox 3 run (kick failed)
E — Fox 10 run (Shank kick)
E — Shank 32 field goal
E — Fox 6 run (kick failed)
E — Devyn Clair 10 run (Shank kick)
_ Leb_ E-Town
First downs _ 8 _ 21
Rushes-yards _ 29-60 _ 36-230
Passing _ 14-19-0 _ 12-17-1
Passing yards _ 147 _ 182
Total yards _ 207 _ 412
Punts _ 7-34.0 _ 2-35.0
Fumbles-lost _ 1-0 _ 0-0
Penalties-yards _ 5-35 _ 4-25