GOTW: Columbiana at Lisbon, 10/10

2014 High School Football: Week 7
Friday, October 10 on MyYTV (10 PM taped delay)
Columbiana (4-2, 2-1) at Lisbon (5-1, 2-1)

Last Five Meetings
Oct. 4, 2013 – Columbiana, 39-20
Sept. 16, 2011 – Columbiana, 35-0
Oct. 29, 2010 – Columbiana, 58-0
Oct. 23, 2009 – Columbiana, 28-0
Oct. 10, 2008 – Columbiana, 57-6

Series Note: The Clippers have registered victories over Lisbon in each of their last ten meetings. During that time span, Columbiana has scored 27 points or more in each outing and has compiled an average of 39.7 points per game. On the other hand, Lisbon has only been able to score points twice (2013 & 2004) and has put together a scoring average of 8 points per game. Lisbon’s last win came on September 20, 2002 when the Blue Devils were victorious, 32-13.

Last Meeting: Columbiana accumulated 480 yards of total offense as the Clippers’ defeated Lisbon 39-20 on October 4. Freshman Mitch Davidson threw for 173 yards while completing 9 of 17 passing. Davidson also was effective running the ball as he finished second on the team in rushing with 121 yards. Senior John Cramer was given the ball 24 times and he amassed 135 stripes and 3 TDs.

ITCL Upper Tier Standings:
Columbiana 2-1
Crestview 2-1
Lisbon 2-1
Springfield 2-1
United 2-1
East Palestine 1-2
South Range 1-2
Jackson-Milton 0-3

Columbiana’s Bob Spaite is coaching in his 280th game as a high school head coach. Coach Spaite is in his 21st season at Columbiana, last week’s win over Jackson-Milton was his 150th victory with the Clippers. During his tenure at Columbiana, the Clippers have won 14 of their 19 meetings with Lisbon.

Columbiana’s sophomore quarterback Mitch Davidson became the first player to throw for over 1,000-yards in school history as a freshman and as a sophomore. He went over 1,000-yards passing this season in just his fifth game. Since the season opening loss to Western Reserve (47-12), Columbiana has scored 26 or more points in each outing.

The Clippers are attempting to make a return to the post-season for the first time since 2011. This year through six games, Columbiana has already eclipsed last year’s win total of 3 games.

Lisbon is also looking to end a playoff drought as they’ve not reached week eleven since 2003. With a win over Columbiana, the Blue Devils would’ve won just as many games this year (6) as they won the previous three seasons (6).

The Devils had held their first three opponents to an average of 4.3 points. However, over the course of their last three, opponents have been able to gash Lisbon for an average of 43.7 points. With that said, the offense has scored 35 points or more in four games this year.

2014 Rankings
Points Scored: Lisbon, 33.7; Columbiana, 31.8
Points Allowed: Lisbon, 23.8; Columbiana, 29.5

Columbiana: Bob Spaite, 26th season overall (163-112-4)
Lisbon: Jim Tsilimos, 22nd season (121-104)

Next Up
Columbiana: at South Range (Week 8), East Palestine (Week 9), at Crestview (Week 10)
Lisbon: at United (Week 8), Springfield (Week 9), at Jackson-Milton (Week 10)

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