FREEPORT — The unseasonably warm weather reminded everyone how nice our summer was. By the end of the game, the Lisbon football team reminded everyone that they’re a force to be reckoned with in Class C this year.

Lisbon scored 30 unanswered points in the second quarter to break open a 6-all tie to defeat Freeport 56-14 in a Campbell Conference clash Saturday afternoon. Senior running back Tobey Harrington rushed for 94 yards, including three scores, to help lead a Greyhound rushing attack which amassed 258 yards on the ground.

After taking over from a muffed punt on the opening drive at the Freeport 35-yard line, Harrington carried the ball six straight times to punch in the game’s first score just five minutes into the game. After a 50-yard kick off return by Matt MacMillen, Freeport moved the ball along with a Lisbon penalty deep into Lisbon territory. On fourth down, senior linebacker John Crafts intercepted a James Purdy pass to keep the Falcons off the scoreboard in the first quarter.

Lisbon’s scoreless streak came to an end on the opening play of the second quarter when sophomore halfback Cory Aldecoa broke a couple of tackles and went 58 yards to tie the score. Lisbon had held opponents scoreless the previous 13 quarters.

“We knew they could move the ball and they did,” said Lisbon coach Dick Mynahan. “We weren’t surprised after they tied the score.”

Nor were they phased. On the next drive, Lisbon marched 60 yards, including a 12-yard pass from Luke Caron to Zach Splude, who carried the ball into the end zone on a 1-yard run. That with a successful two-point conversion gave Lisbon a 14-6 lead. The defense came out tight and forced a fumble on second down. After a 22-yard pass from Caron to Mike McNamara, Harrington took the ball in for another Lisbon touchdown less than a minute and a half apart. After Freeport’s third turnover on a mishandled hand off, it took Lisbon just five plays for Harrington’s third score of the afternoon.


Leading 36-6 with 37 seconds remaining in the half, Lisbon and Caron worked on their two minute drill. Caron was 4-for-4 on the drive, including a 20-yard strike and 16-yard touchdown to Cameron Graf with 2.4 seconds left and a 36-6 halftime lead.

“We work on that two or three times a week,” said Caron on the two minute drill. “Coach tells us it could win or lose a ball game for us so we need to stay prepared.”

The Greyhounds opened the second half with a strong drive, continuing what they did in the first half, and gave the ball to Harrington on a sweep to the outside.

“We saw it was working so we wanted to keep running it,” said Mynahan.

Harrington rushed for his last 22-yards of the game before Splude ran in from five yards out for his second score of the game. Sophomore Kyle Sheehan added another third-quarter score, giving Lisbon a 48-6 lead. Freeport (1-3) did find the back of the end zone again late in the third quarter with a nifty 20-yard run by freshman Ben MacMillan. Classmate Joe Nixon added the two-point conversion for the Falcons. Quincy Thompson rounded out the scoring with Lisbon’s 11th run over 10 yards with a 20-yard scramble behind solid blocking.

Lisbon remains undefeated with a 4-0 record and will face Yarmouth next Saturday at home. Lisbon’s defense finished with an interception, a pair of fumbles, a dozen plays of negative yardage, and gave up under 170 total yards.

“Everyone did their job from the defense to everyone blocking,” said Caron. “It was a great team effort.”

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