Thursday, December 12, 2013
By EARL SWINSON Special to the Telegram
LISBON FALLS - Kyle Sheehan ran for three short-yardage scores, and Quincy Thompson rushed for 96 yards and the clinching touchdown Saturday as Lisbon beat Freeport 31-22 in Western Class C football.
The Greyhounds (2-2) scored on their first three possessions to take a 23-16 lead at the break.
Ater taking over on downs at its 48, Lisbon went 52 yards in seven plays, all on the ground. Sheehan went the final five and Zach Stevens' PAT made it 7-0.
The Falcons (2-2) countered with a 15-play, 69-yard drive, capped by Dan Burke's 11-yard burst up the middle. Burke added the 2-point conversion to give Freeport an 8-7 lead.
Thompson's 55-yard kickoff return set up Lisbon's next score, Sheehan finishing the three-play possession with another 5-yarder, followed by Jordon Torres' 2-point run for a 15-8 score.
Another fourth-down stop led to the Greyhounds' third TD, Sheehan running it in from the 1 to seal an 11-play, 75-yard drive and Thompson adding the 2-pointer.
"My line did all the work," said Sheehan. "I just was the one with the ball. Usually I'm a blocker but I do whatever I can to help the team."
Freeport kept pace with a 66-yard drive, Ben MacMillan carrying in from the 2 and quarterback James Purdy hitting Cameron Buthlay for two points and the 23-16 score.
In the third quarter, Thompson's 56-yard scoring run on a fake punt was called back because of a penalty, but six plays later he went around the left side for 21 yards and the touchdown that made it 31-16.
Burke, who rushed for a game-high 143 yards, scored from 11 yards in the fourth period. The Falcons held the ball for 32 straight plays around a fumbled kickoff return.
"I thought this was our best effort in the four years I've been here," said Burke. "We gave it our all but the Lisbon kids are tough kids, and they're good kids."
Thompson stopped the final Freeport bid with an interception in the end zone.
"We didn't come out like we planned," said Thompson, "but we stuck together and pulled it out."
"We played a good team," said Lisbon Coach Dick Mynahan, "and this was an important game for us. For a while in the first half it seemed like neither team could stop the other. I thought defensively we played much better in the second half. We made them work harder."
"We played above what I thought we could," said Freeport Coach Rob Grover. "That was all heart and intensity. We shot ourselves in the foot a couple of times with penalties and had some players go down, but some freshmen stepped in and stepped up. I'm very proud of our guys."