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Cougar gridmen bow in overtime
LISBON -- There's a lot to say about the heart of a team and Dirigo battled Saturday afternoon.
A touchdown by quarterback Riley Robinson and a Heath Hersom two-point conversion with 2:02 left in regulation tied the score 14-14, but Lisbon converted on its first possession in overtime for a 20-14 in a Class D Campbell Conference football game.
it turned out to be a series of missed opportunities by the Cougars, but the defense, with linebackers Joe Casey (7 tackles) and Tyler Frost (10 tackles), end Kaine Hutchins (6), tackle Jack Brown (8) and Jesse Hutchinson (5), combined to slow the greyhounds running attack.
"The defense played as hard and as long as you could," said defensive coach Pat Mooney, to the team after game.
Dirigo (4-3) entered the tilt having won three straight games, but Lisbon was a step up in competition.
Trailing 14-6, Dirigo called a middle screen and Frost made a finger-tip catch and broke loose to thee one-yard line. Robinson (5 OF 15 for 83 yards) ran for a TD and Casey ran outside to tie.
The Cougars defense held and a short punt gave the offense the ball in Lisbon territory.
"We certainly had our chances," said Dirigo coach Dave Crutchfield, referring to a sack and six penalties."
In overtime, Dirigo elected to defend and the ball was placed on the 10-yard line. The Cougars forced third down and Noah Francis caught a five-yard TD and the conversion was good.
Robinson was stopped for no gain on first down and then threw an incomplete pass. Frost caught a pass for two yards and on fourth down a hurried pass was intercepted in the end zone. Brett Beauschesne (80 yards, 12 carries) was the first option in the right corner, but the defensive pressure forced Robinson to pass against the grain on the left.
"There was too much pressure coming and we don't run good routes on the other side," said Crutchfield, while accepting the blame.
In the first quarter, Heath Hersom ran for a seven-yard TD, with the extra point no good. In second quarter, Joe Philbrick rushed in for two-yard TD and Jacob Johnston caught the conversion to make it 8-6.
Frost forced a fumble and joe Casey recovered and Frost also had an interception at the Dirigo one. Lisbon had success passing in seam-in front of secondary, but behind linebackers.
When standout Quincy Thompson dislocated elbow left, Lisbon was energized and Dirigo made some key mistakes and penalties.