United stuffs Lisbon
LISBON — The United Eagles did their part to set up the Eastern Ohio Athletic Conference championship game next Friday.
Behind the rushing of quarterback Grant Knight and a suffocating defense, the Eagles blasted the Lisbon Blue Devils 35-6 at Bud Bucher Field in Lisbon.
The Eagles improve to 7-1 overall and 5-0 in the EOAC. Next Friday they will host the Southern Indians, who are also unbeaten in the conference play to decide the league title.
“It’s a big game for all of us,” Eagles senior lineman Payton Brereton said. “Last year we lost 34-21, and the year before that was 65-0, and when I was a freshman we won 35-18 at our field.”
But for Brereton, the game next week will have some extra special meaning.
“I personally live down there so it’s a big game,” he said. “I live in the Southern school district, so yeah it’s a big game for me.”
The Eagles looked to diversify their offense at the beginning of the contest by throwing the ball 10 times in their first three possessions, but it was their pounding rushing attack that eventually took over the contest.
“We run the ball so much we wanted to work on our running game,” Eagles’ coach D.J. Ogilvie said. “We want to become more diverse in our offense. We had that planned all week.”
While they were racking up the yards on offense, the Eagles defense was menacing Blue Devils quarterback Trevor Siefke all night. The Blue Devils were held to just one offensive yard in the first half and a total of 69 yards in the game.
“You know, it wasn’t for the lack of trying,” Blue Devils’ coach Matt Altomare said. “We knew they have a great defense. They have shut down just about every opponent they have played. We knew it was going to be a tall order. They were as advertised.”
“Wow, I didn’t realize that. That is awesome,” Ogilvie said when informed of the Devils yardage. “We are physical and we play good defense. Coach (Jordan) Phillips, coach (Mike) Ward, and coach (Jordan) Wrask do a great job with our defense.”
“The guys up front were doing their jobs well. The guys in the secondary were keeping the coverage locked down and wouldn’t let anybody by them,” Brereton said. “Lisbon threw two or three deep, but we blocked them. That is all we could ask for.”
He added, “He (Siefke) can throw, so the best thing you can do is put guys in his face. Quarterbacks get nervous. It’s the best way to stop somebody.”