LISBON — It can be safely said that, in football, he who wins the turnover battle in most cases wins the game.
You won’t see anyone in Lisbon arguing with that storyline.
The Class A seventh-ranked Lions (7-1) parlayed five Highland Community fumbles into three touchdowns and defeated the Huskies, 35-7. Friday night in a prep football game.
Highland’s troubles started early, fumbling on the opening play of the game. That lead to a Cameron Jorgenson 6-yard touchdown run and a 7-0 lead. The Huskies’ trouble holding on to the ball continued on the next drive. After marching to the Lisbon 5-yard line, they coughed it up again.
“Turnovers played a big part in our game tonight,” said Lisbon Coach Ken Allison. “I was proud of the way our kids played and taking making the most of the breaks.”
Lions quarterback Logan Rickard picked up the first of his two rushing scores, on a 7-yard scamper late in the second quarter, giving Lisbon a 14-7 lead into intermission.
In the second half, it was more of the same. Highland continued to turn the ball over and the Lions took advantage.
Trevor Moore led the Lisbon rushing attack, picking up 105 yards on 12 carries with a touchdown that was set up by his 55-yards run up the middle. Rickard also had a big night on the ground with 90 yards on 18 carries and two TDs.
He also had a 61-yard scoring pass to Tyler Svotasch.
“I really can’t fault anything my kids did tonight, especially in the second half,” Allison said. “It was a nice win for us.”
Lisbon kicker Trey Kamberling entered the Lion record books, kicking his 44th PAT.
He was 5-for-5 Friday night.