Lebanon Cowboys win youth football championship

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By Jessica Veatch and Josh Veatch

The Marion County Youth Football League concluded their regular season with their championship series at Campbellsville University Saturday. A team from Lebanon was in each of the three age groups championship games, but only one was able to take a win. The Lebanon Cowboys were able to defeat the Springfield Colts, 20-7, to cap off an undefeated 7-0 season in the third and fourth grade division.
The Marion County teams also play against teams from Springfield and Campbellsville in the league, which began in early September. The Lebanon teams play their home games at the field behind Centre Square.  
The youth football league is divided up into three age divisions, which span from kindergarten to sixth grade. Lebanon and Campbellsville each had two teams in the kindergarten through second grade division while Springfield had one.  Campbellsville had two teams in the third and fourth grade division while Lebanon and Springfield had one each. Each location had one team in the fifth and sixth grade division.
The teams played a schedule that consisted of games over a six-week span, and the teams with the best records in each division earn the right to play each other in the championship series at Campbellsville University. Campbellsville University has been the site of the championship series for the past two seasons, and the teams have begun the tradition of passing an oak barrel that will have the winning team's name and year extolled on it.
In the other two championship games, the Lebanon teams fell to teams from Campbellsville and Springfield. In the kindergarten through second grade game, the Lebanon Dolphins fell to the Campbellsville Ravens, 47-0, and the fifth and sixth grade Lebanon Raiders fell to the Springfield Steelers, 28-7.
The league holds annual sign-ups each year in August.