LEBANON, Mo–This weekend high school football teams will compete in the state quarterfinals and as far as Southwest Missouri is concerned, the best, biggest school alive is Lebanon.
The Yellowjackets took down Ozark to win this year’s class five district four title.
Now Lebanon will head towards St. Louis to face undefeated Fort Zumwalt North. If the Yellowjackets win this Saturday they’ll advance to their first final four in program history.
“As long as we work hard. Everything will fall into place. We have the talent, we have the drive, the friendship with all of each other. It’ll eventually payoff and so far it is right now,” said Lebanon tailback John Berry.
“I feel like we are playing really good football right now and we are really excited for this opportunity. Fort Zumwalt North is a great team but we are coming into this thing with not an underdog mindset. We feel like we belong and we feel like we control the outcome based on how we perform and prepare all week long at practice. We are just really excited to be in this situation,” said coach Will Christian.
Other state high school quarterfinal play in class five, Carthage will host Battle Friday. In class four, Webb City’s at Harrisonville and Rolla hosts Parkway Central. Both of those games are Friday night as well.
In class three Mount Vernon hosts Eldon.
In class two Lamar is at Ava.
And in class one, Lockwood hosts Lincoln and Thayer hosts Valle Catholic. All of those games are Saturday.