Blue Devils can’t catch Valley Christian
LISBON–Lisbon struggled to contain the speed of Valley Christian Friday in its 34-7 loss on Friday.
Lisbon is now 2-1 on the season.
While the Blue Devil defense was trying to find a way to clamp down on the Eagles fast rushers, their offense was trying to find ways to make up for the absence of senior running back Justin Sweeney. Sweeney is currently out with a knee injury.
By the end of third quarter Lisbon was also without senior quarterback Logan Bell, sophomore running back Ryan McCullough and senior tight end Brice Blackburn.
According to Lisbon coach Alan Mikovich both McCullough and Blackburn were fighting cramps when they were helped off the field.
“Unfortunately it looks like Logan’s (Bell) is a knee injury. We don’t know much right now,” said Mikovich.
McCullough scored the Blue Devils lone touchdown, a 14-yard run that tied the game at 7-7 early in the first quarter. Bell led the Lisbon offense with 89 yards on 10 carries, while Blackburn carried the ball 11 times for 31 yards. Along with his touchdown McCullough rushed 10 times for 30 yards. Rounding out the Blue Devil leaders was Nicolas Mundy with one reception for 25 yards. Before leaving the game Bell also went 3-of-7 for 39 yards from behind center.
In all the Lisbon offense was held to 221 total yards.
Valley Christian (3-0) came out of the gate lightning fast, taking Bell’s opening kickoff 82 yards for a touchdown. The Eagles’ Melvin Neail was barely touched as he sped down the field. Valley Christian took back the lead with 3:36 left in the first quarter when Milan Square ran 57 yards to the end zone.
The Lisbon defense did seem to find a hole in the Eagle’s run game during the second quarter and kept the score within reach of a comeback entering halftime only down 14-7.
Lisbon opened the second half with the ball but were forced to punt on a three and out. It was here that Valley Christian took over, going 90 yards on three plays. Of those 90 yards, 70 came on the touchdown run of Square. Also scoring for the Eagles were Altwiaun Beck-Lindsey from 2 yards and Jordan Trowers on a 75-yard pass from Square. Beck-Lindsey also plowed through players to get the two point conversion following his touchdown.
Following Square’s touchdown run, the Eagles attempted their first of two, two point conversions. The first attempt ended in failure as Square’s pass went into the hands of Lisbon’s Justyn Briand. Briand ran 10 yards before the play was called dead and Lisbon was given the ball on their own 20 yard line.
In all Valley Christian racked up 448 yards of total offense. Leading the way was Square, who went 8-of-18 for 179 yards and ran for 127 yards on four carries. Beck-Lindsey took the ball 13 times for 67 yards and Izaiah McKinley had a single carry for 64 yards. Trowers was the leading receiver with 4 receptions for 103 yards.
Up next for Lisbon is a road trip to Wellsville.
“I haven’t even thought about Wellsville yet. We’re going to do that tomorrow,” said Mikovich.
¯ The entire Valley Christian team came over to the Lisbon bench following the end of the game to shake hands with Bell who was unable to get up and walk the field.
VC –Melvin Neail 82 kickoff return (Lambert kick).
L–Ryan McCullough 14 run (Logan Bell kick)
VC–Milan Square 57 run (Lambert kick)
VC–Milan Square 70 run (conversion fail)
VC–Altwiaun Beck-Lindsey 2 run (Beck-Lindsey run)
VC–Jordan Trowers 75 pass from Milan Square (kick fail)
First downs 14 12
Total Yards 448 221
Rushes-yards 26-269 47-182
Passing 179 39
Comp-Att-Int 8-18-0 3-8-0
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 1-1
Penalties-Yards 10-89 5-35
RUSHING–Valley, Milan Square 4-127, Altwiaun Beck-Lindsey 13-67, Izaiah McKinley 1-64; Lisbon, Logan Bell 10-89, Brice Blackburn 11-31, Ryan McCullough 9-30
PASSING–Valley, Milan Square 8-18-179; Lisbon, Logan Bell 3-7-39
RECEIVING–Valley, Jordan Trowers 4-103; Lisbon, Nicolas Mundy 1-25
FUMBLE RECOVERIES–Valley, Jaylen Brown