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LISBON—The Columbiana football team took the field for Friday’s critical Eastern Ohio Athletic Conference showdown at Lisbon determined to show that their improvement over the last month was far from a fluke.
“A lot of people were saying we weren’t going to win this game, even in our own school,” Columbiana junior safety Brandt Virden said. “We wanted to show up and prove everyone wrong.”
The Clippers did just that as they controlled the game for the first three quarters en route to a 17-point lead and withstood a last-ditch Lisbon rally to come out with a 24-19 victory Friday at War Memorial Stadium.
Columbiana wins its fifth game in a row and improves to 6-2 overall and 5-0 in the EOAC, remaining in a first place tie with East Palestine. Lisbon slips back into third place at 6-2, 4-1. 
The Clippers have shown steady improvement since getting smoked by Springfield in week three and Friday’s game represented the biggest test of their progress.
“I didn’t know which way we were going to go after that game and these guys have responded in a big way,” Spaite said. “We’ve taken some big steps since then. Tonight was a great effort by our kids. I told them coming in that we needed a full 48 minutes and they delivered tonight.”
The Blue Devils landed a quick strike on the game’s opening drive when Ryan McCullough took an option pitch untouched around the right side for a 41-yard touchdown to make it 7-0.
For the next two-and-a-half quarters though, the Clipper defense was stifling, allowing Columbiana to build up a 24-7 lead. 
Following the touchdown, the next eight Lisbon possessions featured six punts (including four three-and-outs) and a Columbiana fumble recovery. Defensive tackle Shane Moore had the fumble recovery, while Cody Miller, Frank Rupert and James Hum each had sacks. 
Since giving up 35 points to Springfield in week three, the Clippers have given up an average of 10.6 points per game in conference play.
“We were a little lousy in the beginning with practices,” Virden said. “We realized that we had to give everything we had for the rest of the way if we wanted to have a strong season. Everyone has really stepped it up, all the way down to the scout team. We all play with so much heart and passion out there.”
The Columbiana offense hit the Blue Devils right back on its first offensive possession. Zach Philips got the ball rolling with a 33-yard burst on Columbiana’s first play before Joe Bable powered up the middle for a 12-yard touchdown five plays later to knot the game at 7 with 7:20 left in the first. 
Late in the first quarter, Philips but the Clippers ahead for good when he cut to the middle and blew past the Lisbon defense for a 67-yard touchdown run to make it 14-7 with 1:35 left in the first. He finished with a game-high 117 rushing yards on just four carries.
“The line opened up a really nice hole and I was able to make a couple of people miss,” Philips said. “We knew Lisbon was going to be a tough team so we knew we had to bounce back and hit them in the mouth again.”
Columbiana receiver Jarrett Nemick set up the Clippers third score late in the second quarter when he fully extended himself to make an outstanding diving 29-yard catch at the Lisbon 5-yard line on a 3rd-and-10. Frank Rupert barged into the end zone from 2-yards out two plays later to make it 21-7 at halftime.
Columbiana quarterback Jakob Cross had a solid night at the controls of the offense, completing 9-of-17 passes for 189 yards, while adding 38 rushing yards. Nemick led the Columbiana receiving effort with four catches for 60 yards, while Chase Franken snared a 52-yard catch in the second quarter and Quenton Cross had two catches for 46 yards.
“When you look at the stats, none of our guys have a lot of carries and none of our guys have a lot of catches, but they are very explosive,” Spaite said. 
The Clippers stretched their lead to 24-7 with 4:15 left in the third quarter on a 26-yard field goal from Jared Bryarly. That field goal wound up coming in handy.
Lisbon scored twice in the fourth quarter to give itself a small chance right to the end. After a quiet first three quarters, Blue Devils receiver Seth Stokes made an impact with a pair of leaping touchdown catches of 12 and 11 yards respectively from quarterback Logan Bell. 
The last score came with seven seconds remaining. The Clippers easily recovered the ensuing onside kick to ice the victory.
Bell finished with 14-of-25 completions for 183 yards, while Stokes had seven catches for 72 yards. Dougie Minor led Lisbon on the ground with 78 yards on 11 carries.
“We just made too many mistakes top-to-bottom for most of the night,” Lisbon coach Jim Tsilimos said. “Columbiana put stress on us with their spread offense and we had some breakdowns. Offensively we were too inconsistent.”
The Clippers know they can’t rest easy with a home game against upset-minded Southern next week before a week 10 clash at East Palestine that could decide the league title.
“Everybody and their brother is going to be telling us about playoffs and the game at East Palestine,” Spaite said. “But Southern is unbelievably dangerous. Rich Wright has them on a roll and we have to be ready.”
 Lisbon gets a chance to get back in the race when they get a crack at the Bulldogs at home next week.
“I was proud of how our kids fought to the end, they could have laid down in the last few minutes” Lisbon coach Jim Tsilimos said. “We have two games left and I told the kids let’s go out and win them. You never know what can happen.”

Game notes
¯Lisbon’s Emmelea Powell was crowned homecoming queen before the game.
¯The 50/50 prize was $405.

COLUMBIANA: 14-7-3-0—24
LISBON:            7-0-0-12—19

SCORING
L —Ryan McCullough 41 run (Justin Sweeney kick)
C —Joe Bable 12 run (Jared Bryarly kick)
C—Zach Philips 67 run (Bryarly kick)
C—Frank Rupert 2 run (Bryarly kick)
C—Jared Bryarly 26 FG
L—Seth Stokes 11 pass from Logan Bell (run failed)
L—Seth Stokes 12 pass from Logan Bell (pass failed)

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 	C	L
First downs 	9	21
Total Yards 	384	364
Rushes-yards 	27-199	43-181
Passing 	185	183
Comp-Att-Int 	9-17-0	14-25-0
Punts 	4-28	6-36
Fumbles-Lost 	2-1	2-1
Penalties-Yards 	3-30	3-20

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INDIVIDUAL LEADERS
RUSHING—Columbiana, Zach Philips 4-117, Jakob Cross 9-38, Joe Bable 6-35; Lisbon, Dougie Minor 11-82, Ryan McCullough 3-47, Cam Summers 15-40, Justin Sweeney 6-19.
PASSING—Columbiana, Jakob Cross 9-17-185-0; Lisbon, Logan Bell 14-25-183-0.
RECEIVING—Columbiana, Jarrett Nemick 4-60, Quenton Cross 2-46, Chase Franken 1-52, Zach Philips 2-17; Lisbon, Seth Stokes 7-72, Dougie Minor 3-57, Cam Summers 1-22, Justin Sweeney 2-17, Nick Mundy 1-15. 
FUMBLE RECOVERIES—Columbiana, Shane Moore; Lisbon, Seth Stokes. (Salem News/ Patti Schaeffer)

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