Football: The Change from One Generation to the Next:
Football is an American sport that everyone loves; however, football at LHS has changed quite a lot between the generations of 1981 and 2011. There have been many ups and downs for every football team throughout the history of LHS, but Blue Devil Pride is always shown at every game. No matter what the final score or the final seasons record, students are always hopeful about the year to follow.
In 1981, despite all of the hard work, the Lebanon Blue Devils ended the season with a crushing record of 1-9. The Blue Devils played every game to the best of their ability and never gave up under the strict coaching of Terry Hemontolor. The first game of the season was against the Golden Bears of Mt. Juliet. At the end of the first half, Lebanon’s Greg Barrett scored a 23-yard field goal. The field goal was the first time Lebanon scored against Mt. Juliet in three years. Unfortunately, the field goal and the touchdown scored later on in the game was not enough to defeat the fierce Golden Bears. The final score was 13-11.
The only game the team won in the 1981 season was against Antioch High School on Friday September 18, 1981; it was the first home game of the season. The teams were tied at 15-15 when the final buzzer rang causing the teams to go into overtime. Quarterback Bobby Arnold passed the ball to Reggie Ward in the endzone followed by a successful conversion. The final score resulted in the lone Blue Devil victory of the season with a score of 22-15.
The 2011 football season was a memorable season because it would be the last football season to be played on the Nokes-Lasater field at Lebanon High School. The season opened with a loss but ended with a bang when the Blue Devils won at the last home game ever played at the high school. The team had some obstacles to overcome like the addition of a new head coach Troy Crane, who proved to be a good head coach.
The 2011 football season opened with a tragic loss against the Golden Bears of Mount Juliet. The Blue Devils played hard but lost with a final score of 38-13. The Devils started slow when the Bears scored 12 points before Blue Devil Patrick Maynard scored a touchdown on a 31 yard run. Mount Juliet would score shortly after making the score 21-7. Later, Juicy Apple would score for the last time for the Devils early in the fourth quarter. The Bears returned the favor making the final score 38-13.
The final game of the season and the final game on the Nokes-Lasater field were played on Friday September 8, 2011 with a big win for the Devils. The field opened 46 years ago with a win against Portland and closed with a win against Portland High School- history does repeat itself. During the game, seniors Case Sloan and Quinny Dowell each intercepted the ball from Portland. One interception even led to a touchdown. The final game was a memorable game as many alumni returned to the beloved field for the last time. Jimmy Nokes and the undefeated 1961 football team were recognized at the last game ever played on the field. The 2011 Blue Devil football team won four games of the season but had fun winning and losing as a team.
Between the two generations, the LHS football program seems to have gotten better; however, there is still room to grow as the Blue Devils journey to our new school. The teams have undergone major changes between 1982 and 2011, including changing the head coach at least six times. All in all, Blue Devil Pride is shown no matter where the team travels and will continue to live on through the students.
1982 Blue Devil Football
The Blue Devils have always had a football program in this particular building. Like any team, its success has gone up and down with the years. In 1982 the Blue Devils were a particularly good team. They were district champions that year.in 1982 they played in the 7AA district, now the 6A division, with power house teams such as Mt. Juliet, Hendersonville, and Gallatin. The Blue Devils might have won the districts, but were knocked out of the playoffs by Lincoln County, the team who won the clinic bowl that year. The team has played on Nokes-Lasater field since it has been there. It is the largest stadium in the county.
by Jackson Bond
The 2010 Lebanon Blue Devils football had a record of (4,6). When the blue devils played against Wilson Central we lost 13-14, when we went against Mt. Juliet we lost 20-48. In our county in 2010 we ranked 3 out of the 3. Despite the lose we came back to win 4 games again Rossview, Portland, Glencliff Comp, and Station Camp. Besides Wilson central and Mt. Juliet we lost again Hendersonville, Cookeville, Beech, and Gallatin. The blue devils 2011 team had a record of (2,8), but the 2012 team is hard at work and is planning to have a winning season!
By: Jonathan McBrien
Lebanon High School football is a major part of Tennessee's football history, from the 1953 North Central Conference game in 1953, to the home play-off game against Coffee County in '04. Lebanon football is nothing short of a masterpiece to the accumulation of sports history throughout Tennessee. Lebanon has also had many honorable players and coaches come through Lebanon. with coaches such as Louis Thompson and Mark Medley, who led the blue devils to a 64-18 record in 7 years and went to the play-offs all seven years he was coach. Lebanon football has also had other players visit through their school such as: Lo'Harrel Steverson, who was the first African American to play sports at Lebanon, and also all-time great Clifton Tribble. Lebanon High School Football has also recorded the 8th highest rushing yards in a single game by Jordan Stafford, who recorded 382 yards that game. Lebanon has participlated in many bowls such as: the 1965 Clinic Bowl, the 1960 Lion Bowl, the Industrial Bowl in 1962 and 1964, and multiple play-off games. Lebanon football is not complete without mentioning the famous concrete stadium Nokes Lasater Field. The 46 year old field retired this past season in 2011, I zach vaden got to be apart of the victory that we sent the field out on. Lebanon defeated Portland and sent the field out on top! in closing the only way you could end this is like any other way that all past Blue Devils know and believe in, Once a Blue Devil, Always a Blue Devil.
Howell Clifton Tribble, Jr.
Howell Clifton Tribble, Jr. graduated from Lebanon High School in 1954.
He was named First Team All-State in 1953 and was a three-time All Mid-State selection. Tribble was nicknamed “Twinkletoes Tribble” and is recognized as one of the greatest players to ever play for LHS.
In his senior season led the state in rushing (1,968 yards) and points scored (163) from the fullback position.
He signed out of high school with then-University of Kentucky head coach Paul “Bear” Bryant, then later transferred to Middle Tennessee State University.
Tribble became the head coach at Lebanon High in 1960 and coached the Blue Devils for eight seasons -- twice being named Mid State Coach of the Year.
After retiring from head varsity coach, he coached the Blue Devil freshmen for a period and served as the principal of the Wilson County Vocational Center.
He stepped onto the practice field once again during the 1974 season serving as offensive coordinator under then-Coach Ralph Overton – he helped the Devils achieve a record of 10-1 and win the Mid-State Bowl.
In 2007, Tribble was in the first induction class of the Blue Devil Sports Hall of Fame.
The football facility at the new Lebanon High School will honor the accomplishments of Clifton Tribble. The new LHS facility will be named “Clifton Tribble Field.
Tribble died at the age of 76 on March 16, 2012. His funeral was conducted three days later with pallbearers assembled from members of the 1961 Lebanon High School football team including: Eddie Callis, Bobby Byrd, Louis Thompson, Henry Harding, Jimmy Nokes, Billy Sellars, Bruce Skeen, and Douglas Raines.
By: Caleb Primeaux