EAST PALESTINE – Ohio (WKBN) – The Lisbon Blue Devils may have graduated a number of seniors from last year’s playoff team, but the 2016 Devils are proving that they are pretty good themselves. the Devils used their new option offense to blow past East Palestine 49-26
The win improves to the Devils to 4-0 on the season as they face undefeated South Range next week. East Palestine drops to 2-2 and travels to Sebring next Friday.
The Devils scored on all five of their first half possessions as they built a commanding 34-14 lead at the halftime intermission. In the process they churned out 295 of their game total 510 yards. They would roll up 398 yards on the ground.
After the Devils jumped out to a 14-0 lead midway in the first quarter on touchdown runs by Cameron Summers and Justin Sweeney, the Bulldogs would answer with a score of their own when quarterback Parker Sherry hit Dominic Posey on a 3-yard toss.
The Blue Devils would score on the first play of the second quarter when Jason Thompson took a screen pass from Colin Sweeney and broke numerous tackles spinning a juking to a 25-yard touchdown to put them up 21-6.
The Bulldogs would once again answer as Posey would scramble 21-yards for a score with 7:54 remaining in the second quarter. That touchdown cut the deficit to 21-14.
That is when the Devils put some distance between them and the Dogs as they scored twice before halftime. The first came on a 6 yard run by Thompson with 3:28 remaining, and then Sweeney found Seth Davis behind the Bulldogs defense for a 61-yard scoring strike with only 45-seconds remaining in the half.
“But they kept coming back,” Devils coach Jim Tsilimos was quick to point out. “No lead was good enough.”
“Our offense was pretty efficient through most of the game,” senior wing back Jason Thompson said. “It’s still an adjustment for us because we have been running the I for so many years. We came out ready to play.”
The Devils added another touchdown on their first possession of the second half to put the final dagger in the Dogs as Thompson raced 40-yards to score at the 11:40 mark of the third quarter. Both teams would trade touchdown later in the game to reach the 49-26 final.
Thompson would amass 157 yards on the night, while Summers would rush for a game high of 181 yards.
Defensively, the Devils harassed the Bulldogs quarterback Sherry all night. He was sacked five times on the night and had to run for life most of the night when attempted to pass the ball.
“He’s good,” Tsilimos said. “He can throw the ball and they do the right things. No lead is safe with that kid. We went after him, but he still completed some passes and (Kemp) is a real good receiver. They have a good ball team.”
“We learned from film, their film from Columbiana (last week) that is you pressure Sherry he is not going to do much. He can still do a lot. He’s a great quarterback, but we (knew) we could shut him down if we put pressure on him.”