LISBON FALLS – After getting pushed around a little bit in the second quarter of Saturday’s tilt with Campbell Conference rival Boothbay, the Lisbon Greyhounds felt they needed to respond in kind in the second half.

They not only responded, they dominated the entire half and pulled away with a 34-6 homecoming thumping at Thompson Field.

Dan Willis rushed for 127 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries and Jesse Moan added 55 yards and a score on 13 rushes as the Greyhounds (6-0) converted all four Boothbay turnovers into touchdowns.

“We took advantage of our opportunities today,” Lisbon coach Dick Mynahan said. “I think in a couple of those instances, we did a nice job in creating those turnovers.”

“Turnovers killed us. Our offense gave up a lot of turnovers, and you know what, you don’t deserve to win, especially against a good quality team like that that hasn’t lost since the third game of last year,” Boothbay coach Tim Rice said. “We played tough in the first half. We come out in the second half and we had them stopped and we just didn’t make the play.”

Boothbay (4-2) controlled the ball for 12 of the final 15 minutes of the first half and cut into a two-touchdown deficit with a four-yard TD run by Tim Stover (22 carries, 89 yards).

The Seahawks threatened to tighten things up even more late in the half, driving to the Lisbon 26, before Moan sacked QB Roy Arsenault for a nine-yard loss and Willis dropped Stover for a two-yard loss on fourth down to preserve their 14-6 lead going into intermission.

Lisbon opened the second half with a 12-play, 66-yard scoring drive that took nearly six minutes and ended with Moan’s two-yard TD plunge.

“That’s when we thought we could decide what kind of character our team was going to have,” Mynahan said. “We were pushing for a little ball control, and to me, that was the most important drive of the game.”

“They had the momentum going for them, but we’re a second-half team,” said Lisbon QB Mike Unterkoefler, who completed a big third-down pass to Joe Stevens to keep the drive going. “They were predicted to go to states, and we weren’t even predicted to go to the playoffs, and I hope people realize that Lisbon’s ready to play football.”

The Seahawks turned the ball right back over on their first offensive play of the second half, as the snap sailed well over the head of Arsenault back to their own 12, where Devan Knight pounced on it for Lisbon. The Greyhounds faked a 21-yard field goal with an end-around by Stevens to set up Unterkoefler’s one-yard QB sneak that blew the game open, 27-6, late in the third.

Following Boothbay’s fourth turnover, an interception by Ben Bourgoin, Willis tacked on a 33-yard TD run to complete the scoring.

The Greyhounds gave their big homecoming crowd an early preview of coming attractions by forcing Boothbay’s first turnover on the second play of the game when Zach Bubar came down with a deflected pass at Boothbay’s 32. Willis then ran four straight times behind the left side of the offensive line, Steve Michaud and Steve McKay, and put the Greyhounds on the board with a nine-yard TD run.

Lisbon went three-and-out on its next possession and had to punt, but Moan leveled the Boothbay returner and jarred the ball loose. Knight recovered at the Boothbay 15, and Unterkoefler hooked up with Stevens three plays later for a nine-yard TD.

“Those (fumbles) were huge plays. I’m just glad I could make them at homecoming in front of everyone here,” Knight said.


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