SPORTS BRIEFING

Lisbon football gets St. Thomas

COLUMBUS — The Lisbon football team is headed to Louisville St. Thomas Aquinas in a Division VI playoff opener Friday.

Lisbon (9-1) finished as the fifth seed and St. Thomas (8-2) is the fourth seed in Division VI, Region 21, according to final computer ratings by joeeitel.com. St. Thomas dropped a 28-27 decision to Warren JFK on Saturday.

Also in Region 21, second-seeded Springfield (8-2) will host seventh-seeded Columbia Station Columbia (8-2).

Both games will kick off at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

South Range (9-1) clinched the top seed in Division V, Region 17. The Raiders will host eighth-seeded will host No. 8 Garrettsville Garfield (7-3) at 7 p.m. Saturday.

South Range and Garfield both defeated Crestview this season.

Warren JFK (9-1) is seeded third in Division VII, Region 25 and will host sixth-seeded Toronto (8-2) at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Townsend’s TD lifts YSU

YOUNGSTOWN (AP) — Darien Townsend’s 79-yard punt return for a touchdown with 9:19 left to play provided the winning score as Youngstown State beat Indiana State 13-10 on Saturday night.

Townsend’s score gave Youngstown State (6-2, 4-1 Missouri Valley) its first lead of the game. It was the first punt return for a TD for the Penguins since Josh Lee ran one back 96 yards in 2011 against Valparaiso.

Defensively, the Penguins recorded seven sacks with their last two coming on Indiana State’s (4-5, 2-4) final drive. The Sycamores turned the ball over on downs.

Jerry Nunez’s 23-yard field goal, and Isaac Harker’s 9-yard scoring pass to Robert Tonyan Jr. with 2:50 left in the first quarter gave the Sycamores a 10-0 lead. Zak Kennedy kicked field goals of 23 and 31 yard in second quarter to trim the Penguins’ deficit to 10-6.

Martin Ruiz had 22 carries for 151 yards–including a 41-yard run– for Youngstown State.

Harker threw for 148 yards and two picks.

Hynes’ late FG lifts Kent State

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (AP) — Shane Hynes’ 35-yard field goal as time expired lifted Kent State to a 27-24 win over Central Michigan on Saturday.

Hynes’ kick came at the end of an 11-play, 68-yard drive. Nick Holley had 102 yards passing with a touchdown and 144 yards rushing with a 68-yard TD run for Kent State (3-6, 2-3 Mid-American).

Cooper Rush threw two touchdown passes and 244 yards for CMU, but also had three interceptions. Central Michigan benefited from a blocked-punt safety and a pick-6.

In the third quarter, Rush found Mark Chapman from 40 yards to go up 17-10. On the ensuing possession, Tony Annese picked off Holley’s pass and went 28 yards for a touchdown to give the Chippewas (5-4, 2-3) a two-score lead.

The Golden Flashes answered with an 82-yard drive, culminated by Justin Rankin’s 1-yard TD plunge. Then in the fourth, Holley busted off his long touchdown run to tie it at 24.

Malkin, Crosby each score twice

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Evgeni Malkin scored twice, including the tiebreaker in the third period, and Sidney Crosby also had two goals to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 5-4 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday night.

Matt Cullen also scored for the Penguins, who scored three times in a 55-second span in the first period while opening a four-game road trip with their fourth win in the last five. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 38 shots while making his ninth straight start (6-2-1).

Malkin’s game-winner was his 300th career goal.

Jakub Voracek scored twice for the Flyers, and Claude Giroux and Wayne Simmonds each had one for Philadelphia. Steve Mason started and gave up three goals on 13 shots in the first period. Michal Neuvirth replaced him to start the second and finished with 12 saves on 14 shots.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press.

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