LEBANON — Before every game, Lebanon High School football captain Brody Wolf writes “Pick 6” on senior defensive back Michael Edwards’ wrist tape. Friday night, Wolf’s words proved prophetic.
Edwards intercepted a Cody Hamblin pass — tipped by sophomore safety Anthony Wene — and returned it 71 yards for the first touchdown of his career with 1:42 remaining to secure a 28-13 win over Miamisburg.
Hamblin befuddled the Warrior defense all night — rushing for 104 yards and throwing for 170 — and seemed to be driving the Vikings for a tying score in the closing minutes. But the Miamisburg senior signal-caller picked on Edwards one too many times.
“I knew it was coming at me. They’d been running hitches in front of me all night and when he dropped back he stared down his wide receiver on my side,” Edwards said. “He threw the ball my way and Wene got a hand on it, tipped it and I caught it and took off. It was amazing. I’d never got a pick-six before, but tonight was my night.”
Edwards also blocked an extra point on Miamisburg’s second touchdown — a 1-yard run by Hamblin — to keep Lebanon ahead 14-13 at the half.
The Vikings (1-6, 0-2 Greater Western Ohio Conference South Division) kept the Warrior Homecoming crowd on edge throughout the second half, controlling the ball but stalling drives that crossed midfield.
“We’re battling confidence,” Miamisburg coach Tim Lewis said. “We have five losses exactly like this. We are right there but we just don’t seem to make that one play that gets us the win.”
Aaron Abbott rushed for 163 yards and two touchdowns to lead Lebanon (4-3, 2-0). His 4-yard touchdown catch from Luke Morgan with 3:27 remaining gave Lebanon breathing room at 21-13.
“We had a lot of distractions this week but we had guys put everything on the line when it counted,” Lebanon coach Shawn Lamb said.
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