LISBON, Ohio (WKBN) – Lisbon is seeking their first winning season since 2017. That year, the Blue Devils completed their 4th winning campaign in a row and advanced to the playoffs for a third consecutive year.

Coach Matt Altomare enters his third year at the helm of the Blue Devil program. With many starters returning, experience is something that has Altomare encouraged. “Our players are all another year older and have worked very hard this off-season. We expect to be able to physically and mentally be able to compete with each team on our schedule this season.”

Junior Trevor Siefke returns under center after completing 59.4% (82-138) and tossing 12 touchdowns and 914 passing yards. “Trevor has grown physically since the end of last season which will help his development,” Altomare points out. “Having [wide out] Logan Stauffer, [running back] Austin Dailey, [fullback] Haiden Colvin and [tight end] Luke Kraft back will help develop a great rapport with our skill positions. Our numbers are up so we expect a lot of competition for playing time.” Stauffer is a jack of all trades as he threw for 69 yards, running for 57 and catching 14 passes for 267 yards (5 total offensive touchdowns).

Center Hunter Dailey is back to anchor the offensive front. The Blue Devils will also have Lydon Freeman and Matthew Davis back at the guard positions. Tyler Palmer also will be welcomed back at his tackle spot.

Defensively, Hunter Dailey (78 tackles, 4 QB sacks) and Haiden Colvin (81 tackles) appear to be ready to lead the group into the new season. “Those two will need to be the ‘quarterbacks’ of our defense,” indicates coach Altomare. “Having returning starters and leaders on the down line, linebacker and defensive backfield is huge. We hope to do a lot more things on defense with all the experience returning.”

Lisbon will welcome Windham in week one to begin the 2022 season.

Lisbon Blue Devils
Fast Facts
Head Coach: Matt Altomare, 3rd season at Lisbon (6-14)
2021 Record: 2-7 (2-5), 6th place in EOAC
Last 5 Years: 16-35 (31.4%)
Home Field: War Memorial Stadium
League: Eastern Ohio Athletic Conference
Base Offense: Wing-T
Base Defense: Multiple 50

Returning Starters
Offense: 9
Defense: 10

2021 Team Stats
Scoring Offense: 15.3 (52nd in Area)
Scoring Defense: 26.1 (31st in Area)
Total Offense: 193.2
Rushing Offense: 84.0
Passing Offense: 109.2
Total Defense: 279.7

2021 Individual Leaders
Passing: Trevor Siefke – 914 yards, 59.4% (82-138), 12 TDs
Rushing: Austin Dailey – 236 yards, 6.7 avg, 2 TDs
Receiving: Giovanni Estrada – 378 yards, 9.2 avg, 4 TDs
Tackles: Austin Dailey – 84
Quarterback Sacks: Ryan Preston – 6
Interceptions: Logan Stauffer & Austin Dailey – 2

2021 Results
Columbiana 21 Blue Devils 6
United 35 Blue Devils 6
Blue Devils 19 Leetonia 12
Wellsville 28 Blue Devils 21
Blue Devils 28 East Palestine 6
Valley Christian 28 Blue Devils 19
Southern 38 Blue Devils 0
Toronto 41 Blue Devils 26
Windham 27 Blue Devils 13

2021 EOAC Standings
United – 6-0 (8-2)
Southern – 6-1 (8-3)
Valley Christian – 5-1 (7-3)
Wellsville – 4-3 (4-4)
Columbiana – 2-4 (3-6)
Lisbon – 2-5 (2-7)
Leetonia – 1-5 (2-5)
East Palestine – 0-7 (0-10)

2022 Schedule
Aug. 19 – Windham
Aug. 26 – at Fairport Harding
Sept. 2 – Toronto
Sept. 9 – Southern
Sept. 16 – at Valley Christian
Sept. 23 – East Palestine
Sept. 30 – at Wellsville
Oct. 7 – Leetonia
Oct. 14 – at United
Oct. 21 – at Columbiana