By James Anderson
FRYEBURG — The Fryeburg Academy football team overcame a slow start to defeat Lisbon on Saturday for a 14-6 victory in Lisbon, Maine, in the season-opener for both teams. Raider Coach David Turner was very proud of his teams effort, saying, “they played tough.”
Lisbon controlled the early going by winning the battle for field position. The teams exchanged fumbles in the first quarter of play, and Lisbon was able to block a punt, which gave the Greyhounds the ball inside the Fryeburg 40-yard line. Lisbon drove the ball down to the Raider goal line where their fullback slashed into the Raider end zone for a 6-0 lead. The extra point failed.
Fryeburg received the kickoff, and drove the ball to the Lisbon 24-yard line where the half ran out.
The Raiders picked up in the third quarter where they left off in the second, moving the football. They used a balanced attack to drive the ball down the field for their first touchdown of the season.
On the drive Calvin Southwick ran for a first down on third down to keep the march to the Land of Six alive. He also threw a perfect spiral to a leaping Eli Mahan on fourth-and-6 from the Lisbon 27-yard line. Bryce Micklon capped the drive when he plunged into the Greyhound end zone from a yard out. The always reliable Eddie Thurston kicked the extra point for a 7-6 Fryeburg lead.
The teams played even through the rest of the third quarter and into the fourth. In the fourth quarter from the Lisbon 44-yard line, Micklon broke free and scampered to the end zone. Thurston once again added the extra point to cast the scoring in the 14-6 Fryeburg victory.
The Raider defense was stonewall strong in the second half.
Fryeburg is scheduled to host its home-opener on Saturday (1:30 p.m.) when Leavitt (1-0) comes to town. Last year in the playoffs, the No. 2 seeded Raiders earned their way to the state finals with a thrilling 20-13 victory over Leavitt, the top seed, in the South Regional Championship game, in the mud in Turner, Maine, home of the Hornets.
And, what a game it was. Fryeburg never led until Southwick found the end zone on a 4-yard touchdown run with 1:53 to play.
The Hornets opened their season with a dominating 44-6 victory over Hermon (0-1) at home, under the lights, last Friday.