LISBON — Lisbon’s state title hopes came to an end last night in a 27-6 loss to Pekin at Walmer Field.
The strength of the Panther running game came through early and often as the Lions closed their season at 8-3.
Pekin struck quick with Petie Clubb scoring on a short run after a 72-yard game-opening drive that took just over two minutes off the clock. The Panthers added another first-quarter TD on Chase Copeland’s 1-yard plunge.
Copeland finished with 189 yards on 25 carries. Clubb also went over the century mark with 114 yards on 14 carries, and two TDs.
“It was a physical, tough game tonight,” Lisbon Coach Kent Allison said.
Lisbon finally got it going, scoring late in the first half, on a 1-yard Logan Rickard pass to Cameron Jorgenson, but missed the PAT. But not to be outdone, Pekin closed out the half and game on a 26-yard pass from Kolby Allsup to Cade Millikin.
“We have been doing that all year,” said Pekin Coach Joe Donovan. “We’ve ‘made our hay’ as a running team this entire season.”
The defenses took over in the second half with Lisbon twice holding Pekin inside the five yard line on two drives. But the Lions were not able to capitalize. Rickard threw two interceptions, both by Panther Keaton Winn.
“I thought our run defense was outstanding tonight,” Donovan said.
Allison took the loss in stride.
“These are great kids, and great people,” he said. “It never gets old going to the playoffs.”