Lisbon sets stage for big EOAC game
TORONTO — The Toronto football team lost the battle at the line of scrimmage to Lisbon.
The Blue Devils totaled 412 yards of offense, while limiting the Red Knights to just 78 as Lisbon scored the first 48 points of the game en route to a 48-12 victory in an Eastern Ohio Athletic Conference match up Friday night at Clarke Hinkle Field.
“They beat us in every aspect of the game,” Toronto (4-3) head coach Eric Meek said. “We’re not tough right now. We have to get better. We have to block better, and we have to tackle better. If we do those two things better, we are going to be a good football team.
“Coming into this season, we were very, very young, but now it is Week 7. The competition is getting fiercer and fiercer each week, and we knew that coming into this league. We are playing better football teams right now.”
Lisbon (6-1, 4-0) rushed for 402 yards and seven touchdowns on 40 carries, while limiting Toronto to 49 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries.
“I challenged our offensive and defensive lines this week,” Lisbon (6-1) head coach Jim Tsilimos said. “I told them we needed to come out and take control of the game. I’m proud of the kids. This is the first game we came out and did what we had to do. We executed the gameplan for three quarters.
“We are going to have to keep it rolling. We have got Columbiana next week. They are a good team. They have a lot of talent. They are well coached.”
The Devils are in a three-way tie for first place with Columbiana and East Palestine.
The Blue Devils scored 14 points in each of the first three quarters before scoring six in the fourth.
After being shutout for the first three quarters, the Red Knights tallied two touchdowns in the fourth quarter.
Offensively for Lisbon, Cam Summers contributed 108 yards and a touchdown, Justin Sweeney ended up with 105 yards and a touchdown on five carries and Logan Bell tallied 70 yards and a touchdown on eight carries.
Also, Dougie Minor delivered 41 yards and two touchdowns on four carries, Ryan McCullough collected 55 yards and a touchdown.
“I have coached against Coach Meek for a lot of years,” Tsilimos said. “His brother coaches here. His dad has helped us at time. I know their family well. Toronto has got a good program. Coach Meek is a good coach.”
Toronto standout quarterback Nathan Karaffa was harassed all night. Karaffa threw for 33 yards and had negative yards on the ground.
Nyzaire King-Thompson scored Toronto’s first touchdown on an 81-yard kick off return.
Toronto has now lost two straight games, while Lisbon has won four in a row.
“Lisbon is different than Columbiana, but they are very effective with what they do,” Meek said. “Last week, speed hurt us. This week, it was physical play. Lisbon is a physical team. It wasn’t speed, it was physicality.
“Physically, we have to get tougher on both sides of the ball. We did not block well. We had very few yards at halftime. We went three-and-out, three-and-out and we had a turnover.”
Minor scored on touchdown runs of 5 and 7 yards in the first quarter as Lisbon raced out to a 14-0 advantage.
Sweeney scored on a 3-yard run, and Summers ran in for the 2-point conversion to give the Blue Devils a 22-0 lead. Bell scored on a 37-yard run to give his team a 28-0 lead going into halftime.
Summers scored on a 27-yard run in the third quarter, and McCullough scored from 11 yards out to make the score 42-0. The score by Summers resulted the remainder of the game being played under a running clock.
Welsh scored on an 8-yard run in the fourth to make the score, 48-0.
Parker scored Toronto’s first touchdown on a 3-yard run.
Both teams are scheduled to play at 7 p.m. Friday night. The Blue Devils take on the Clippers at home, while Toronto travels to Reid Stadium to take on East Palestine.
“Lisbon is a good team,” Meek said. “They are physical. They are well coached. They beat us on both sides of the ball. It doesn’t get any easier. We play East Palestine up there.”
L–Dougie Minor 5 run (Justin Sweeney kick)
L–Dougie Minor 7 run (Sweeney kick)
L–Sweeney 3 run (Cam Summers run)
L–Logan Bell 37 run (kick failed)
L–Cam Summers 27 run (Sweeney kick)
L–Ryan McCullough 11 run (Sweeney kick)
L–Tyler Welsh 8 run (kick failed)
T–Thompson 81 kickoff return (kick failed)
T–Parker 2 run (run failed)
First downs 22 6
Total Yards 412 78
Rushes-yards 40-402 25-49
Passing 10 29
Comp-Att-Int 2-6-0 6-13-0
Punts 0-0 0-0
Fumbles lost 2-2 1-1
Penalties-Yards 4-39 1-4
RUSHING–Lisbon, Cam Summers 10-108, Justin Sweeney 5-105, Logan Bell 8-70, Ryan McCullough 6-55, Dougie Minor 4-41.
PASSING–Lisbon, Logan Bell 2-6-10-0; Toronto, Karaffa 5-12-33-0.
RECEIVING–Lisbon, Seth Stokes 1-6, Nicholas Mundy 1-4; Toronto, Stackhouse 2-21.