SALINEVILLE -Southern Local's Jared Shilot has been waiting patiently for a break-out performance.
On Friday against Lisbon it all came at once for the junior.
Shilot had four touchdowns - including a pair that were seconds apart -as the Indians roughed up Lisbon 42-14.
Lisbon's Brandon Barnes looks to stiff arm Southern's MJ Williams on Friday. (Photo by Patti Schaeffer)
Shilot had a 2-yard touchdown pass from Luke Griffith to start off the Indian scoring at the end of the first quarter. He was in the end zone again a few seconds later when he picked up a Devil fumble and raced 28 yards to make it 14-0 with 28 seconds left in the first quarter.
"I didn't have to force the fumble," Shilot said. "I don't know who tackled him, but the ball came out and went right into my hands. I just coasted in."
Following a Mike McKenzie 12-yard touchdown run which made it 21-0 with 6:28 to go in the half, Lisbon got its act together and drove deep into Indian territory and was perched at the 20-yard-line with less than a minute to go.
That's when Shilot jumped up and stole a pass from Lisbon's Zak Leko and raced 75 yards for a back-breaking touchdown to end the half.
"I actually didn't do the right job on that one," Shilot said. "I was supposed to be in the zone in the flats, but I saw the quarterback and jumped with his pass. I flipped it up and it fell into my hands and I was off to the races."
Shilot said he had promised his teammates that if he ever got into a situation where he had a breakaway touchdown that he would do a mock dunk on the goalposts. He attempted it - and was flagged for it - but cramped up at the last second, so it appeared to be more like a layup.
"It was nothing against Lisbon, but last year I promised that I would do it if I ever had a breakaway touchdown," Shilot said.
Griffith, who was 15 for 22 for 234 yards, added his second touchdown pass of the game with a 53-yard strike to J.J. Napierkowski with five minutes left in the third.
Leko registered Lisbon's first points with a 28-yard touchdown run with seven seconds left in the third. With 11:17 left in the fourth, Shilot caught a 31-yard touchdown pass from Griffith to make it 42-6.
Southern coach Mike Skrinjar was pleased how his team recovered from turnovers on the first two possessions of the game to get things going in the right direction.
"Once we settled down a little bit, but we bounced back and got things going," Skrinjar said. "We do have an offense and once it gets kicking, that's where we like it to be at."
Lisbon had trouble all night getting a consistent running game going. The Devils also turned the ball over four times.
"They're a good football team," Tsilimos said. "We had some early turnovers, but we couldn't do anything with it."