Blue Devils handed first defeat
POLAND — Last week the Lisbon Blue Devils came from behind to win in dramatic fashion over a good Mineral Ridge team. This week they came within a yard of almost duplicating the feat.
Unfortunately, the Devils Dougie Minor was tackled at the 1-yard line on a 2-point conversion try with 8:58 remaining in the game as the Devils lost to Valley Christian 14-12 at Poland High School.
The Devils had numerous opportunities to score including taking possession of the ball at the Eagles 18-yard line following a short punt. But the Devils turned the ball over on downs after only gaining 3 yards.
They also stopped the Eagles on a fourth and 1 situation at the Eagles’ 30 with 6:47 remaining in the game. Again, the Devils could not convert as they reached the Eagles 17 before quarterback Logan Bell had a pass intercepted at the 10.
“I thought we could at least get two yards,” Eagles coach Jeff Hether explained on the gamble. “We have a 6-foot, 6-inch back and I figured he could at least fall forward for two yards. But they kind of brought the house.”
The final opportunity the Devils had was with just 3:17 remaining when the Eagles fumbled the ball with Cameron Summers recovering at the Eagles’ 21. However, two plays later the Devils gave the ball back to the Eagles on a fumble of their own.
“Anytime you get in the red zone you have to score,” Devils coach Jim Tsilmos said. “We shot ourselves in the foot a number of times. It wasn’t just one person, it was just a bunch of little mistakes.”
“We had a lot of mistakes from top to bottom,” Lisbon coach Jim Tsilmos said. “We just couldn’t get anything going, we didn’t have any rhythm. They are a good football team.”
The Eagles jumped out to an early lead in the game as they scored on their second possession at the 8:04 mark. Running back Altwjuan Beck-Lindsey raced around left end 37 yards for the score and a 7-0 lead.
They added to their advantage the next time they got the ball on a 37-yard pass over the middle from quarterback Milan Square to receiver Jamynk Jackson with 5:21 left in the opening quarter. That touchdown proved to give the Eagles the game winning points and they went up 14-0.
But that scored seemed to wake up the Devils as they would answer on their next possession. Bell hit receiver Seth Stokes over the middle for an 82-pass and run to make it 14-6 following a failed extra point. The missed conversion would prove costly for the Devils as they were forced to go for two later in the game.
After the failed opportunity to start the second half the Devils finally find some rhythm on offense with 1:57 remaining in the third quarter. They would march the ball on a 12-play, 73-yard drive resulting in a 1-yard dive by Justin Sweeney to make it 14-12 with 8:58 remaining in the contest.
On the two point conversion, Bell rolled out to his left and hit Dougie Minor at about the 4-yard line, but he was stopped just short of the goal line resulting in the two-point deficit for the Devils.
“My defense is awesome this year,” Hether said. “We are averaging 14 points a game and we got 12 here.”
“Our kids didn’t quit. I was proud of that. We just have to get better. We have a long way to go,” Tsilimos said.
Lisbon, who falls to 2-1 on the season begins league play next Friday night when they host Wellsville. The victory is the first of the season as they are now 1-2 and will travel to Grand Valley next Friday.
VC — Altwjuan Beck-Lindsey 37 run (Logan Schnabl kick)
VC – Jamynk Jackson 39 pass from Milan Square Schnabl kick)
LI — Seth Stokes 82 pass from Logan Bell (run failed)
LI — Justin Sweeney 1 run (pass failed)
First downs 9 6
Total Yards 238 106
Rushes-yards 40-90 32-55
Passing 148 51
Comp-Att-Int 5-20-2 6-19-2
Punts 2-21 3-18.3
Fumbles-Lost 4-2 4-1
Penalties-Yards 0-0 0-0
RUSHING-LISBON, Cameron Summers 15-61
PASSING-LISBON, Logan Bell 5-20-148-1-2
RECEIVING-LISBON, Seth Stokes 2-98, Justin Sweeney 2-42
INTERCEPTIONS-LISBON, Ryan McCullough (2)
FUMBLES-LISBON, Cameron Summers