LEBANON, Mo. -- Hillcrest defeated Lebanon and Parkview earlier in the season to take control of the Ozark Conference Championship race. The Yellowjackets and Vikings stilld the final night of the regular season with a chance to claim a share of the conference title with Hillcrest. Behind 424 yards rushing as a team Lebanon ran past Parkview 31-21 to finish (8-1) in the regular season and for the second time in 3 years the Yellowjackets win a conference championship.
"It's big, we've been blessed here," said Lebanon Head Coach Will Christian. "We knew it was in our hands tonight and got it done," said Lebanon senior running back Brock West.
The Yellowjackets have turned to senior Brock West to carry the load all season. Against Parkview, West stepped up big again carrying 37 times for 248 yards and 3 touchdowns. West's 21 yard scoring run in the 4th quarter gave Lebanon a 31-21 lead and put the game out of reach.
"My offensive line just did another great job opening up big holes it was just a good team win," said an excited West.
Trailing 3-0 in the second quarter Hunter Steinmentz returned a punt 65 yards for a touchdown to put Parkview (7-1) up 7-3, but Lebanon quickly answered with a long drive capped off by a 2 yard West touchdown run. West followed it up with a 40 yard scoring run down the sideline and Lebanon carried a 17-7 lead into halftime.
The Vikings stayed within striking distance for much of the 2nd half. Parkview running back Cole Jenkins scored 2 second half rushing touchdowns and finished with 113 yards on 17 carries.
Along with a co-conference championship, the Yellowjackets claim the top seed in Class 5 District 4 and get a first round bye in the playoffs.
"An 8-1 regular season is an awesome accomplishment for this team and we just need to take this now and make a deep run," said Christian. "I'm pretty happy with it finishing it out with a conference championship, we've just got to focus on districts and keep wanting more," said West.
Parkview entered the final game of the regular season in second place in Class 5 District 6.