LISBON FALLS — As early September games at the late summer broiler known as Thompson Field go, Saturday’s Campbell Conference opener between Oak Hill and Lisbon was fairly balmy.

That didn’t stop Lisbon’s line from going through its Oak Hill counterparts like a hot knife through butter, though.

The Greyhounds dominated the line of scrimmage, Tobey Harrington scored three touchdowns and John Crafts and Zach Greene collected two sacks apiece in a  28-0 blanking of their crossover rivals.

“We’re going to be working hard every week,” said Crafts, a four-year starter and one of three returning starters on Lisbon’s offensive line. “We’re not going to be taking anyone for granted.”

Lisbon outgained Oak Hill, 256-55 and limited the Raiders to 44 yards on 31 rush attempts. The Raiders collected only four first downs and crossed into Lisbon territory just twice, never getting past the 48-yard line. Senior running back Josh Allen, who rushed for nearly 800 yards last year, found few holes to run through and tallied 38 yards on 11 carries.

“We are a small team. We only put one varsity player, maybe two, over 200 pounds,” Lisbon coach Dick Mynahan said. “But all of my small guys are 10, 12 pounds bigger than last year, so we’re a bigger small team that we were last year. They’re still small, but they’re quick and aggressive.”


After sending Oak Hill three-and-out on the game’s opening drive, Lisbon marched 75 yards in 10 plays to take the lead. Running back Harrington (21 carries, 88 yards) started the game at quarterback in the wildcat formation and ran the first five plays from scrimmage. Yards came in large chunks behind the left side of the line as the Greyhounds moved into Raider territory.

“We didn’t know if we were wasting our time (when) we put that in and worked it every day last week),” Mynahan said of the wildcat. “I thought they played it well. Tobey ran really hard. I don’t know if we caught them off-guard or not.”

Lisbon’s first touchdown seemed to, as QB Luke Caron took a pitch from Harrington around the left side and found Cameron Graf all alone behind the Oak Hill secondary for a 36-yard touchdown pass.

“It’s definitely a little different (not lining up behind center in the wildcat),” said Caron, who was the Greyhounds’ starting QB last year before being sidelined by an injury during the season. “It took a little getting used to. I’m not used to blocking. I’m used to being the one handing off the ball. But it was nice.”

Oak Hill went three-and-out on its next series and a 10-yard punt set the Greyhounds up at the Raiders’ 39. Lisbon needed 11 plays, including a conversion on 4th-and-4, to score on Harrington’s five-yard touchdown run that made it 13-0 early in the second quarter.

Lisbon ran 17 plays to Oak Hill’s six in the first quarter and controlled the ball for more than 14 minutes in the first half behind the all-senior line of Crafts, Andrew Arias, Chyle Cameron, Matt Nicholson and Nick Dingley.


The Lisbon linemen were the ones opening holes on defense, too, getting to Oak Hill QB Cam Morin five times for sacks in seven pass attempts.

“I was just finding open lanes (to rush the passer),” said Crafts, a defensive end and center. “We drilled defense a lot this week, so I was ready. I recognized the plays and our line worked in and opened up holes and our linebackers opened up holes.”

Greene forced a fumble on the second sack and Chase Hunter pounced on the football to give Lisbon prime field position again, this time at the Oak Hill 21. Four plays later, Harrington pounded it in from three yards out, then caught the two-point conversion pass from Caron for a 21-0 bulge with 1:01 left in the half.

“We didn’t block anybody or tackle anybody (up front),” Oak Hill coach Dave Wing said. “They were well-coached and well-prepared and played very aggressive and we weren’t equal to the task.”

“We couldn’t get our defense off the field. And when they scored, we couldn’t move the ball on offense enough to get our defense a break, and we’ve got some guys going both ways.”

Lisbon controlled the ball for nearly 28 minutes on the game clock. The actual game time was less than two hours, a rarity in high school football.

A 37-yard Caron pass to Josh Pomerleau preceded Lisbon’s final score, a three-yard run by Harrington late in the third quarter.

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