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Preview: Lebanon at Loveland

The FOX19 Friday Prep Rally rolls right along with Week 2 making a stop in Loveland where the Tigers are set to welcome the Lebanon Warriors in an early season battle.

Andrew Marlatt LovelandLoveland got a monkey off their back by knocking off Turpin in Week 1 and is ready for the challenge facing them this week. On the other hand you have Lebanon, who simply trying to forget the opening week after being dismantled by Kings. Expect a better turn out this time around.

Let's take a deeper look at the matchup:

LEBANON WARRIORS (0-1) AT LOVELAND TIGERS (1-0)
Site: Loveland Tiger Stadium
Kickoff: 7:30 P.M.
TV: Tune in to LIVE pregame show on FOX19 @7:00 p.m.

PLAYERS TO WATCH: Loveland linebacker Joe Moran is one of the best players at the position in the city. The senior has a real nose for the ball and a great football I.Q. One of the Tigers' greatest strengths is their offensive line where they return four starters, including Second-Team All-Conference member Jordan McNally. The visiting Warriors are led by quarterback Luke Morgan, who threw for 1,408 yards, 18 touchdowns and just four interceptions as a sophomore. He is complimented well by senior running back Aaron Abbott.

TEAM TRENDS: The Tigers enter the contest riding a four-game winning streak dating back to last season. Since going 5-0 at home in 2008, Loveland has gone 4-7 since playing at Loveland Tiger Stadium. Lebanon gave up 351 yards a game in 2010 and allowed foes to convert 42.9 percent of their third downs. This marks the third straight year that these two teams have squared off. They have split the series over the past two seasons with the road team winning each tilt.

LEBANON'S KEYS TO VICTORY: After ceding 250 yards on the ground a week ago in a loss to Kings, Lebanon must find an answer to stopping the run. In order to do so they will need a much better effort from their defensive front. They were more than doubled up in time of possession in Week 1 as well. Stopping the run is one factor, but establishing a running attack of their own would pay big dividends. They must do better than the 2.7 yards per carry they mustered against the Knights.

LOVELAND'S KEYS TO VICTORY: The Tigers' offense did not have problems putting points on the board in their opener and keeping up their success on the ground with junior running back Graham Peters will only help their chances here. Lost in their win over Turpin though was the fact that Loveland allowed 4.7 yards per carry to the Spartans. A year after allowing 218 yards per game on the ground, the concern remains about the Tigers' ability to defend the run. A steady improvement in this area could mean big things this week and beyond for Loveland.


PREDICTION: LOVELAND 34, LEBANON 24

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