Defense carries East Buchanan past No. 8 Lisbon

Buccaneers earn 13-6 victory in pivotal Class A District 4 battle

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LISBON — They were coming off a heart-breaking, overtime loss. Then they gave up a turnover for a touchdown.

Surrender? No way. Instead, the East Buchanan Buccaneers sucked it up and shook it off. And the defense led the charge.

The Bucs held eighth-ranked Lisbon to less than 3 yards per rush and upended the Lions, 13-6, in a pivotal Class A District 4 football game Friday night at Walmer Field.

“We always preach playing for four quarters,” Bucs Coach Jerry Alden said. “To be honest, I felt we were lucky to be in the game at halftime.”

East Buchanan (4-1 overall, 2-1 district) took the lead for good when Jake Ohl hauled in a 19-yard touchdown pass from Spencer Cook on fourth-and-13 with 10:11 left in the third quarter.

The score came shortly after a Lisbon fumble at its own 16, two plays into the second half.

“Sometimes, (Cook) can really hit me on the spot,” Ohl said. “I just went up and got it.”

Defense did the rest. Lisbon (4-1, 2-1) got inside the Bucs 25-yard line twice in the fourth quarter, but came away empty.

“I thought we did a really good job with our pass defnse,” Ohl said.

The Bucs held Lisbon to 216 yards. The Lions threw for 135, but completed just 8 of 28 passes. And they netted only 81 yards on 29 carries.

“We bent a little bit, but we made plays when we had to,” Alden said.

Lisbon took a 6-0 lead when the Bucs botched an exchange on fourth-and-1 at the Lisbon 16. Bryce Werderman picked up the fumble and rambled 80 yards untouched.

East Buchanan tied it on Brock Naber’s 74-yard touchdown run with 35 seconds left in the half.

The Bucs were coming off a 14-13, overtime loss to district-leading Wapsie Valley last week.

“I was glad we had Lisbon this week,” Alden said. “We had to be focused right away.”

The Buccaneers prevailed despite three turnovers. On the other hand, Lisbon was stymied by 15 penalties for 107 yards.

East Buchanan hosts Postville next week; Lisbon is at Wapsie Valley.

l Comments: (319) 368-8857; jeff.linder@thegazette.com

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