Playoffs next for dynamite Devils

COLUMBIANA – Lisbon put a damper on Crestview’s senior night with a 47-14 victory Friday to close out the regular season.

Friday was also the final contest between the two teams as Lisbon moves to the Eastern Ohio Athletic Conference, and Crestview becomes an independent for the 2017-18 school year. The Blue Devils are now 9-1.

“I’m blessed with a great coaching staff and some great kids. They’re a true team with the seniors accepting all the young kids. It was a fun year,” Lisbon coach Jim Tsilimos said.

Lisbon is now headed to the Division VI playoffs against an opponent to be named.

“We feel like this team is completely different than last year, and nobody believed in us but ourselves. We’re just going to come in and give it all that we got. We have what it takes,” Lisbon junior Dougie Minor said.

“I told the kids don’t just be happy to be there; let’s go in and try to win some games,” Tsilimos said.

For the Blue Devils, they secured the victory with big plays. Five of their seven touchdowns come from at least 40 yards.

“That’s kind of us in a way. They presented some issues for us and our kids figure those out,” Tsilimos said. “Our kids came out and executed our game plan. The kids have come a long way, and they’ll go two years 9-1 and two years of making the playoffs.”

The longest was a 75-yard pass from Justin Sweeney to Colin Sweeney on a reverse play early in the second quarter. Colin Sweeney also had a 45-yard rushing touchdown and hit David Toot for 15 yards to give Lisbon the early 14-0 lead before receiving a score.

Rounding out Lisbon’s scoring were Minor (71 yards), Cam Summers (60) and Jason Thompson (58). Summers also had the shortest score of the night, breaking through the line for a 5-yard touchdown.

“It wasn’t how the play was originally suppose to be, but I have a good mind,” Minor said. “Everyone keeps pushing on the line, and we do what we need to do to get to the end zone.”

Even though the Blue Devils’ offense dominated the game, they did have hiccups, particularly during the opening minutes of the third quarter, where neither team could advance the ball beyond a 10-yard area. It started with Lisbon taking over on its 40-yard line, then fumbling the handoff and seeing Crestview senior Brandon Chuey recover the ball on the 42-yard line.

Crestview failed to move the ball more than one yard before turning the ball over on downs. Now standing on their 41, Lisbon moved up the field one yard before fumbling the ball again. This time it was recovered by Crestview’s Wyatt Woodring, but the Rebels again turned the ball over on downs after moving four yards. The cycle was broken with Summers’ 60-yard score.

On the defensive side of the ball, Lisbon also dominated, holding the Rebels to less than 100 yards in the first half. The Rebels receivers were guarded tight all night by the Lisbon secondary, resulting in two picks by Toot and Seth Stokes. Running backs also felt the heat as they fumbled the ball four times, two of which ended up in the hands of Toot and Jake Liberati.

Crestview (3-7) did have successful moments, starting with a 48-yard punt return in the closing seconds of the first quarter. Brandon Sherrill eluded Lisbon’s special teams unit for the score. The Rebels also scored in the final seconds of the third on a big run by Andrew Janssens.

“We had a special team touchdown, and we always harp on them about it. We also gave them a touchdown late on an option. We just have to tie up some loose ends,” Tsilimos said.

LISBON: 14-20-13-0–47

CRESTVIEW: 7-0-7-0–14

SCORING

L — Colin Sweeney 45 run (Justin Sweeney kick)

L — David Toot 15 pass from Colin Sweeney (Logan Bell kick)

C — Brandon Sherrill 43 punt return (Danny Moore kick)

L — Collin Sweeney 67 pass from Justin Sweeney (2-point failed)

L — Cameron Summers 5 run (Toot pass from Colin Sweeney)

L — Dougie Minor 71 run (kick failed)

L — Summers 60 run (kick failed)

L — Jason Thompson 58 run (Justin Sweeney kick)

C — Andrew Yanssens 26 run (Moore kick)

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L C

First downs 14 9

Total Yards 437 212

Rushes-yards 42-355 29-171

Passing 82 41

Comp-Att-Int 2-7-0 3-15-2

Punts 2-9 4-22

Fumbles-Lost 3-2 3-2

Penalties-Yards 3-57 5-48

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INDIVIDUAL LEADERS

RUSHING–Lisbon, Cameron Summers 14-115, Jason Thompson 12-85, Colin Sweeney 8-77; Crestview, Hunter Woodring 4-73, Andrew Janssens 13-64.

PASSING–Lisbon, Justin Sweeney 1-1-0, 67, Colin Sweeney 1-6-0, 15; Crestview, Caleb Hill 3-15-2, 41.

RECEIVING–Lisbon, Colin Sweeney 1-67, David Toot 1-15; Crestview, Chance Mustake 1-34.

INTERCEPTIONS–Lisbon, David Toot, Seth Stokes.