Lisbon and Freeport seek bounce games


Lisbon’s Nick Blair crosses the Oak Hill line in the first half of last Saturday’s football match in Lisbon. Russ Dillingham / Journal of the Sun

The football teams of Freeport and Lisbon have had rather opposite starts to the season.

The Falcons won their first two games before falling to Foxcroft Academy 28-12 last weekend. Winless Lisbon (0-2), meanwhile, has just lost 24-13 against Oak Hill, a game in which they led in the fourth quarter.

Nonetheless, both teams enter Saturday’s showdown with a lot to prove.

“We have done great things in training this week which we hope to perform on Saturday,” Lisbon head coach Chris Kates said.

Lisbon have shown promise in each of their first two games, but have yet to secure that elusive first victory. Freeport, despite losing last weekend, still feels good about their position midway through the season.

Lisbon wide receiver Cameron Canaan grabs the ball in Saturday’s game against Oak Hill in Lisbon. Russ Dillingham / Journal of the Sun

Here’s a look at the Class D showdown.

When: 1:30 p.m., Saturday

Or: Thompson Field, Lisbon High School

Lisbon coach Chris Kates on Freeport: “It’s an athletic team with a lot of speed that can cause problems in the trenches. They present challenges on both sides of the ball that we are working on this week to try to stop.

The keys to the game: Lisbon have struggled to hold onto football and need better ball safety if they hope to knock down the Falcons. The Falcons’ defense was a bit exposed in last week’s 28-12 loss to Foxcroft Academy, as it had allowed just 12 combined points in their first two games. Led by Cam Desrosiers and the Casale twins, Tony and Danny, the defense should rebound against a heavier attack like the one Lisbon usually relies on. The Greyhounds offensive line, led by Owen Smith and Chance Versey, will look to provide holes up front for Nick Blair and Jack Ramich. Jimmy Fitzsimmons lines up under cross but will likely run more than he throws.

Lisbon’s Colby Levasseur, right, watches D’Andre Daniels from Oak Hill before lowering his shoulder during Saturday’s football game in Lisbon. Russ Dillingham / Journal of the Sun

“The key for us is to limit our turnovers and not have these mental lapses,” Kates said. “Things like that are common for a young team like us, we just try to limit those mistakes. “

Freeport’s offense will continue to rely on running backs Nick White and Tony Casale. Quarterback Aidan Heath posted 5 for 9 last week with just over 100 passing yards and should again be a factor against a Lisbon defense that allowed 57 points in two games. Heath is able to play in the air with Danny Casale in line. The Falcons’ dynamic attacking offense is likely to cause problems for the Greyhounds on defense, a challenge Kates emphasizes his players are ready to attack.

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