LISBON, Iowa – As coaches scurried across the field, fans located their cars and students buzzed about homecoming as is with every Lisbon victory a ringing bell echoed throughout the Lisbon Community School's campus. The decibels fought the Lions players' roar for supremacy of the crowd's ears. The 48 minute football contest against Waco hadn't tired out a single player.
"I think the energy was just outstanding the whole night," Lisbon quarterback Logan Rickard said.
With each tug on the rope, the bell eventually faded out the steady hum of the crowd. On the face of structure on which the bell hangs, reads the proverb "Shoot for the moon – Even if you fall short, you will still land among the stars."
Friday night Lisbon landed on the moon.
Lisbon trounced yet another opponent, this time Waco, 42-0.
The Lions entered the game having outscored it last three opponents 200-8. Friday was supposed to be a much closer affair against a Warriors club that brought a 4-1 record to Lisbon.
"It just kind of felt like the past few games we had," running back Cameron Jorgensen said. "And I'm fine with that."
It didn't take long for that feeling to arise. On their first drive of the game the Lions found the endzone on their fifth play. That turned out to be too long as they scored four more times on four plays or less.
Leading the offensive onslaught was Rickard who had 100 yards rushing and 44 passing. He totaled five touchdowns, four on the ground and one through the air.
After Rickard plunged into the endzone from one yard out on the Lions' first drive, his next four TDs came in four plays or less.
"I'll tell ya, football, my opinion is, if you have big play-making capabilities, that's a nice offense. You want to chew the ground up and get first downs," Lisbon head coach Kent Allison said. "But I always like the big plays. It's just nice to have."
The digestion of the ground led to 312 total rushing yards, including four runs of 25 or more yards. Jorgenson amassed 122 yards on eight carries. Rickard's 100 came on 11. Even Trevor more, who scored the Lions' only non-Rickard TD, averaged more than five yards a pop (five carries, 51 yards.)
"It was awesome. The line, just amazing holes. Some good reads by our running backs, just coming off the blocks really well," Rickard said. "It was fun."
As nonchalantly as Libson racked up big plays, Waco struggled to even pick up first downs. The Lions held the Warriors to a single first down in the first half. Barring a third quarter drive in which Waco recorded three first downs – one via a penalty – it tallied just one in the first quarter and one in the fourth.
The main reason for the Warriors' anemic offensive performance was the limited production of their top back Tyler Ayers. The Lions held him to 23 yards on 12 carries. Coming into the game, the senior boasted 785 yards on 95 carries, good enough for more than eight yards a carry.
"We focused on their best back, which is No. 1," Allison said. "They never got him on track. I think maybe when you have to pass, they're more of an offense that they're going to pass when the want to. And when they have to, maybe they're not quite as effective."
Six completions for seven yards would fall under the "not quite as effective" umbrella. To go with the six completions, Waco quarterback Ben Fear also threw three interceptions – two off deflections that landed in the hands of Brock Givens.
A running back completed the Warriors' longest pass and play of the night. Ayers completed the half back pass for 27 yards. The next biggest play was a 12 yard run.
It was just one of many numbers that even the most loyal Lions fan could not have foreseen.
"I didn't expect 42-0," Rickard said. "I expected a close game. But we played really hard tonight."