LISBON — It wasn’t pretty, and far from perfect, but the Winslow football team will take it.

Joe Hopkins rushed for a game-high 189 yards and three touchdowns to lead Winslow past Lisbon 28-26 in a wild regular-season finale Saturday at Thompson Field.

“It was a great game,” Winslow coach Mike Siviski said. “It wasn’t easy, though.”

It certainly wasn’t.

Winslow (7-1) dominated early and took a 21-7 lead into the fourth quarter.

Game over, right?

Not quite.

The game nearly unraveled for the Black Raiders, who watched Lisbon rally on three fourth-quarter touchdown passes from quarterback Kyle Bourget.

The last one came with 4 minutes, 51 seconds left in the game, a 45-yard completion to Mason Haley — moments after the Greyhounds (4-4) had recovered an onside kick. The score pulled Lisbon within 28-26, but the two-point conversion failed.

Hopkins, Zach Guptill (76 rushing yards and a touchdown) and the Raiders ran out the clock to preserve the victory.

“We put a lot of unneeded pressure on ourselves,” Hopkins said. “We had to grind it out.”

Added Lisbon coach Dick Mynahan: “It was a great game in a lot of ways and a tough game in a lot of ways.”

Bourget completed 7 of 12 passes for 176 yards and four touchdowns.

The momentum shifted when Lisbon, trailing 14-0, forced a fumble near midfield with 17 seconds left in the second quarter.

Bourget then threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Quincy Thompson. Zach Stevens kicked the extra point to cut the deficit in half, 14-7.

“That play turned the game around,” Siviski said.

Hopkins rushed for touchdowns of 5 and 2 yards in the first and second quarters, respectively, to give Winslow the early lead.

He also rushed for a 40-yard touchdown with 5:24 left in the fourth quarter. Winslow sophomore Dylan Hapworth rushed for 112 yards on 10 carries.

Bill Stewart — 621-5640

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