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Losing streak ends for Devils

September 22, 2012
Salem News

LISBON - In the first game of the newly-formed Inter Tri-County League, Lisbon was victorious.

That was 2006 - a 47-0 shutout victory against East Palestine.

Fast forward through 42 more ITCL contests covering parts of seven seasons and the Blue Devils faithful still were waiting for the second league win.

It came Friday.

Behind a ground attack that churmed up an impressive 433 rushing yards, Lisbon defeated visiting Jackson-Milton 48-34 at Bud Bucher Field to stop a 41-game league losing streak.

Zak Leko led the Blue Devils with 234 rushing yards and 2 TDs on 24 carries and Brandon Barnes added 155 yards and 2 scores on 27 carries.

Lisbon totaled 554 yards of offense, including 121 passing yards and a TD on 10-of-13 passing from freshman QB Josh Liberati. Jagr Groubert had 7 receptions for 88 yards and a TD.

The Devils actually trailed 14-0 as the winless Bluejays scored first on a 37-yard pass and then added a 96-yard fumble recovery at the 2:40 mark.

Lisbon finally got on the scoreboard with 32 ticks left in the first when Zak Leko scored on a 17-yard run.

The locals scored twice more in the second half - a Liberati 3-yard run and a Leko 8-yard run - but trailed 20-18 at the half.

It was the third quarter that proved to be the difference as Lisbon scored twice - a Liberati to Groubert 34-yard strike at 11:43 followed by a Barnes 8-yard run at 4:43. The Devils tacked on conversions following both TDs, both being passes from Liberati - the first to Barnes and the second to Shawn McKinnon.

That made it 34-20. J-M added a TD at the 2:43 mark the finish the third-quarter scoring.

The home team then put things out of reach in the final quarter as Liberati scored on a 2-yard run at 11:33 anbd Barnes added a 9-yar run at 9:35 to make it a 21-point game. A 67-yard scoring strike by the Bluejays at 4:27 was the final points of the game.

 
 

 

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