United sends Lisbon to third straight defeat
HANOVERTON — One of the oldest-running football rivalries in Columbiana County took center stage Friday night when rivals Lisbon and United Local clashed on the Golden Eagles’ home turf. The last time Lisbon and United didn’t play in football, John F. Kennedy was in the White House. The year was 1962.
Their 2017 edition of the rivalry certainly didn’t disappoint as the two teams provided enough offensive fireworks for a Fourth of July celebration. When the smoke cleared, United knocked off the playoff-bound Blue Devils 51-33.
“I wanted to go out with a bang,” said United senior running back Cade Wood who rushed for 256 yards and three touchdowns. “The offensive line was great and the team was awesome tonight, we all had our goals and we met them. It was awesome.”
“They took us out of our game,” said Lisbon coach Jim Tsilimos.
“They (the Golden Eagles) played a tremendous game.”
With the win, United finished 6-4, while Lisbon, which is playoff bound next weekend, is also 6-4.
“By far (this is the highlight of my coaching career),” said United head coach Michael Demster. “More importantly, it’s an honor to send these seniors) out this way, they are a great group of young men.”
Lisbon struck first in the first two minutes of the game when receiver Seth Stokes hauled in a 43-yard scoring toss from quarterback Logan Bell. Justin Sweeney kicked the PAT and the Blue Devils led 7-0 at the 10:03 mark of the first period.
The Golden Eagles had three players break the 100-yard rushing mark in the game, led by senior running back Cade Wood, while quarterback Nathan Mikell added 177 yards on 15 carries and running back Ethan Antram finished with 104 yards on 10 carries.
“I tip my cap to Wood, he ran well and he’s a senior and their coaching staff did a nice job,” said Tsilimos.
United scored its first touchdow when Wood raced 60 yards to the end zone and the game was tied at 7-7 following Zach Himes’ PAT boot at the 7:20 mark of the first quarter.
The scoring spree continued for both schools in the first half, as United, which had 371 yards offense at halftime, led 14-12 at the end of the first period and 30-26 at halftime after scoring touchdowns on a 66-yard run by Mikell, a 55-yard scoring jaunt by Wood, a 22-yard run by Mikell and a 32-yard field goal by Himes. Wood ran wild in the first half and had 192 yards rushing at the break on 11 carries, not including a 70-yard touchdown run called back by penalty.
Lisbon also had plenty of first-half offense as its piled up 244 yards offense by intermission and got touchdowns on a 12-yard run by Stokes and a pair of scoring runs of three and eight yards by running back Cam Summers, who finished with 117 yards rushing.
Lisbon’s second-half touchdowns occurred on an 8-yard run by running back Dougie Minor.
United, which led 37-33 at the end of the third quarter, got second-half scores on a three-yard run by Wood and a one-yard QB sneak by Mikell. Mikell then sealed the deal with an 18-yard scoring run with 6:38 left in the game, giving United a 51-33 lead following Zach Himes’ PAT boot with 6:38 left.
Ethan Antram had a key fourth-quarter interception inside the Lisbon 10 late that set up the final insurance score.
“It all starts up front and our line did a great job,” said Demster. “Our backs did a great job finding holes and then making plays and getting vertical.
Lisbon and United have played every year since 1963. Lisbon had won the last two prior to Friday, while United won the previous 11 games before that. Prior to that, Lisbon had rattled off 10 straight triumphs against the Golden Eagles.
Former Mount Union head football coach Larry Kehres was in attendance at Friday night’s game.
Lisbon’s official Division VII Region 25 playoff opponent will be announced Sunday by the OHSAA.
At halftime, United was declared the Clash of the Cans Challenge food drive winner, collecting 2,839 cans. United was presented with the Clash of the Cans Traveling Trophy. Both Lisbon and United participated in the food drive event and were honored for their great success in collecting food cans for the needy.
LISBON: 13-13-7- 0–33
L–Seth Stokes 38 pass from Logan Bell (Justin Sweeney kick)
U–Cade Wood 60 run (Zack Himes kick)
U–Nate Mikell 76 run (Zack Himes kick)
L–Seth Stokes 12 run (kick blocked)
U–Zack Himes 30 field goal
L–Cam Summers 3 run (Justin Sweeney kick)
U–Cade Wood 55 run (kick failed)
L–Cam Summmers 8 run (kick failed)
U–Nate Mikell 24 run (Zack Himes kick)
L–Dougie Minor 8 run (Justin Sweeney kick)
U–Cade Wood 4 run (Zack Himes kick)
U–Nate Mikell 1 run (Zack Himes kick)
U–Nate Mikell 17 run (Zack Himes kick)
First downs 20 18
Total Yards 306 589
Rushes-yards 38-245 41-545
Passing 161 44
Comp-Att-Int 7-16-1 2-4-0
Punts 4-31.8 2-37.0
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 0-0
Penalties-Yards 6-51 11-80
RUSHING–Lisbon, Cam Summers 21-153, Justin Sweeney 4-32, Logan Bell 6-30, Seth Stokes 1-12, Dougie Minor 2-10, Ryan McCullough 4-8; United, Cade wood 14-256, Nate Mikell 17-1783, Ethan Antram 10-106.
PASSING–Lisbon, Logan Bell 6-14-1-124, Justin Sweeney 0-1-0-0; United, Nate Mikell 2-4-0-44.
RECEIVING–Lisbon, Seth Stokes 3-81, Justin Sweeney 2-36, Ryan McCullough 1-32, Dougie Minor 1-12; United, Gunner McIntosh 2-44.
INTERCEPTIONS–United, Ethan Antram.