Lisbon rocks Toronto in conference battle
TORONTO — The Toronto football team lost the battle at the line of scrimmage to Lisbon.
The Blue Devils totaled 368 yards of offense, while limiting the Red Knights to just 82 as Lisbon scored the first 48 points of the game en route to a 48-12 victory in an Eastern Ohio Athletic Conference matchup Friday night at Clarke Hinkle Field.
“They beat us in every aspect of the game,” Toronto (4-3) head coach Eric Meek said. “We’re not tough right now. We have to get better. We have to block better, and we have to tackle better. If we do those two things better, we are going to be a good football team.
“The competition is getting fiercer and fiercer each week, and we knew that coming into this league. We are playing better football teams right now.”
Lisbon rushed for 358 yards and seven touchdowns on 42 carries, while limiting Toronto to 46 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries.
“I challenged our offensive and defensive lines this week,” Lisbon (6-1) head coach Jim Tsilimos said. “I told them we needed to come out and take control of the game. I’m proud of the kids. This is the first game we came out and did what we had to do. We executed the game plan for three quarters.”
Offensively for Lisbon, Cam Summers contributed 110 yards and a touchdown. Justin Sweeney had 102 yards and a touchdown on five carries. Logan Bell tallied 73 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries. Bell also completed 2-of-6 passes for 10 yards.
“I have coached against coach Meek for a lot of years,” Tsilimos said. “His brother coaches here. His dad has helped us at times. I know their family well. Toronto has got a good program. Coach Meek is a good coach.”
Toronto quarterback Nathan Karaffa was harased all night. Karaffa threw for 36 yards but was held to minus-six on 11 carries. JoJo Savage led the way on the ground with 18 yards on two carries. Chris Parker produced four yards and a touchdown on two carries.
Zach Stackhouse was the team’s leading receiver with three catches for 26 yards. Nick Sninchak caught one pass for eight yards and Kobe Herrick caught one pass for two yards.
Nyzaire King-Thompson scored Toronto’s first touchdown on an 81-yard kickoff return.
Toronto has now lost two straight games, while Lisbon has won four in a row.
“Lisbon is different than Columbiana, but they aree very effective with what they do,” Meek said. “Last week, speed hurt us. This week it was physical play. Lisbon is a physical team. It wasn’t speed; it was physicality.”
Minor scored on touchdown runs of 5 and 7 yards in the first quarter as Lisbon raced out to a 14-0 advantage.
Sweeney scored on a 3-yard run, and Summers ran in for the two-point conversion to give the Blue Devils a 22-0 lead. Bell scored on a 37-yard run to give his team a 28-0 advantage going into halftime.
Summers scored on a 27-yard run in the third quarter, and McCullough scored from 11 yards out to make the score 42-0. Welsh scored on an 8-yard run in the fourth to make the score 48-0.
Parker scored Toronto’s final touchdown on a 3-yard run.
Both teams are scheduled to play at 7 p.m. Friday night. The Blue Devils take on the Clippers at home, while Toronto travels to Reid Stadium to take on East Palestine.
Lisbon 48, Toronto 12
Lisbon 14-14-14-6 — 48
Toronto 0-0-0-12 — 12
LISBON: Minor 5 run (Sweeney kick)
LISBON: Minor 7 run (Sweeney kick)
LISBON: Sweeney 5 run (Summers run)
LISBON: Bell 37 run (kick fail)
LISBON: Summers 27 run (Sweeney kick)
LISBON: McCullough 11 run (Sweeney kick)
LISBON: Welsh 8 run (knee)
TORONTO: King-Thompson 81 kick off return (kick fail)
TORONTO: Parker 3 run (run fail)
RUSHING: Lisbon 42-358-7 (Bell 10-73; Summers 9-110; Minor 4-41; Sweeney 5-102; Toot 1-3; Schreffler 1-8; McCullough 6-55; Welsh 2-6; Fife 3-(-3); Entrikin 1-3); Toronto 26-46-1 (Karaffa 11-(-6); Herrick 4-14; Patterson 1-(-2); King-Thompson 2-5; Smith 1-2; Savage 2-18; Parker 2-4; Whittman 1-3)
PASSING: Lisbon 2-6-10-0-0 (all by Bell); Toronto 4-12-36-0-0 (all by Karaffa)
RECEIVING: Lisbon 2-10 (Stokes 1-6; Mundy 1-4); Toronto 4-36 (Sninchak 1-8; Stackhouse 3-26; Herrick 1-2)
FIRST DOWNS: Lisbon 18; Toronto 5
PENALTIES-YARDS: Lisbon 4-30; Toronto 3-11
PUNTS-AVERAGE: Lisbon 0-0; Toronto 6-29.67
FUMBLES-LOST: Lisbon 3-2; Toronto 4-1