YARMOUTH – Yarmouth used its speed to run away with a 34-6 victory against Lisbon Friday night in a rematch of last season’s Western Class C championship game.

The defending state champion Clippers rolled up more than 460 yards of offense to improve to 5-0.

The Greyhounds suffered their first loss after four wins.

“(Yarmouth is) solid and fast off the ball,” said Lisbon Coach Dick Mynahan, in his 25th season. “A couple of times they just ran around us.

“There was nothing we could do; our speed couldn’t keep up with their speed.

“Speed is important in football, and they have it.”

It took the Clippers just 15 seconds to show off their speed as Anders Overhaug went 61 yards up the middle untouched behind a center trap block to score the first of his five touchdowns on the first play from scrimmage.

“We have speed, and speed kills,” Yarmouth Coach Jim Hartman said. “We not only have speed, but we have some power behind that speed.”

Overhaug rushed for 178 yards on 12 carries to lead the offense, but he had lots of help as both Caleb Uhl and Nik Pelletier also rushed for more than 100 yards.

“We have some athletes and they made the plays tonight,” Hartman said.

The Clippers expected to be challenged by the Greyhounds.

“(Lisbon) is really a good football team and we knew we had to get fired up,” said Bart Gallagher, who intercepted passes to set up two touchdowns.

“We’ve been watching them for the last two weeks and we knew how awesome they were.

“And we knew we just had to come out fired up, and I thought we did a good job.”

With 4:27 left in the first quarter, Overhaug scored his second touchdown on a 2-yard run to cap an eight-play, 75-yard drive following Gallagher’s interception.

Less than two minutes into the second quarter, the Greyhounds made it 14-6 when Zach Splude plunged in from the 1-yard line to finish a 10-play, 55-yard drive.

With 5:35 left in the first half, Overhaug scored on a 10-yard run up the middle two plays after another Gallagher interception to make it 20-6.

With 2.9 seconds left in the first half, quarterback Brady Neujahr threw a 7-yard scoring pass to Overhaug as the Clippers moved into a 27-6 lead.

Overhaug scored on an 18-yard run on Yarmouth’s first possession of the second half to complete the scoring.

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