WALES — If you can expect anything from the Saturday afternoon’s showdown between the Oak Hill and Lisbon football teams, expect it to be close.

The last time these two teams met all that separated them was an extra point, as the Raiders (5-0) edged the Greyhounds (3-1) 7-6 for the Campbell Conference Class D championship last fall.

The two teams also met in the regular season finale for both teams last year, a 28-14 decision in favor of Oak Hill. Overall, the Raiders have won six straight against the Greyhounds.

The match up also brings together two of the conference’s most dynamic threats at quarterback in Oak Hill’s Dalton Therrien and Lisbon’s Tyler Halls.

Here’s a look at how the two teams match up:

Players to watch: Lisbon — QB Tyler Halls, WR Henry Adams, RB Noah Francis, TE Tyrese Joseph, OL/DL Tanton Mattson. Oak Hill — QB Dalton Therrien, WR/DB Jonah Martin, RB/LB Levi Buteau, OL/DT Brendan Tervo, WR/DB Conner Nilsson, OT/DT Connor Elwell, C/DL Garrett Gile, OL/DE Austin Goucher, RB Cruz Poirier.

Oak Hill coach Stacen Doucette on Lisbon: “They’ve been a pretty tough team since I’ve been here at Oak Hill. It’s come down to the last possession the last few times we’ve played them and we don’t feel this will be any different. We’re expecting a physical, close matchup.”

Lisbon coach Dick Mynahan on Oak Hill: “They’re a talented team. They’re a really well-drilled team. They have a lot of kids that they play and they have backups for backups. They’re just a really good high school football team and well-coached.”

Three keys for Oak Hill:

1. Contain Halls: Much like Therrien, Halls is capable of beating teams with his legs or his arm. The Raiders will have to take proper tackling angles and prevent Halls from turning the corner on the outside, otherwise it could be a long day filled with big plays for the junior signal caller.

2. Stick with what works: The Raiders have one of the most diverse offenses in the conference, whether it be running the double wing, spread or hurry up. If and when the Raiders find something that works they would do well to stick with it.

3. Value possession: Only one of the Greyhound’s games — a 21-14 loss to Dirigo — has exceeded more than 21 combined points. If Lisbon can keep the game a low-scoring one, turnovers could prove to be the difference.

Three keys for Lisbon:

1. Don’t get fooled: Oak Hill debuted a new wrinkle in its offense last week with quarterback Dalton Therrien lined up at wing back and backup Matthew Strout in at quarterback. Out of that formation the Raiders showed a willingness to throw the ball with Strout, as well as hand the ball off to Therrien for either a run or halfback pass. The Greyhounds will have to be prepared for all scenarios should they arise.

2. Win the line: The Raiders have a veteran group up front with depth on the offensive and defensive lines. They are, however, not the biggest group and if the Greyhounds can impose their will up front they could force Oak Hill to play its style.

3. Prevent the big play: The Raiders have big-play ability and most of that starts with Therrien either throwing or running. If Lisbon can find a way to avoid giving up a long touchdown it could find itself in good shape Saturday.

Evan Crawley — 621-5640

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Twitter: @Evan_Crawley


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