Liberty tops Park Hill South for first win
By SJ Munoz PrepsKC staff writer
Liberty has had several opportunities this season with three of their losses coming by a combined 15 points. The Blue Jays finally broke through Friday night beating Park Hill South 30-14 at Park Hill District Stadium.
"We're coming off four games against good teams where we had blown second-half leads," Liberty head coach Chad Frigon said. "It felt good to finish it out. I don't know if we played extremely well, but they did the things they needed to do to win. I was proud of our guys for getting this victory tonight."
Liberty went to sophomore running back and 1000-yard rusher Robert Rawie to take the first lead of the game. After the Blue Jays converted a 4th-and-5, Rawie marched in from 11 yards out and it was 7-0.
South's answer came on the ensuing drive. Quarterback Zach Suchanick completed passes of 49 and 28 on consecutive plays setting up the 3-yard rushing score by Emanuel Butler to make it 7-7.
Liberty took control in the second quarter with 10 straight points.
Drew Mackie drilled a 26-yard field goal to give the Blue Jays a 10-7 edge with under seven minutes left in the half.
The Liberty lead grew to double-digits on a 37-yard scoring strike from Ryan Potts to Matthew Gastner.
Again the Panthers (0-7) responded quickly and got back into the game on a 67-yard TD scamper by Dillon Thomas to pull back within 3 (17-14).
Just before the half, Liberty quarterback Potts threw his second TD pass, this one to Rawie with 46 seconds left in the second, and the Blue Jays led 24-14 at the break.
Liberty controlled the third quarter recovering two fumbles, blocking a punt and manufacturing the only points of the quarter.
The Blue Jays went back to their air attack as Potts threw his third TD of the game on a 35-yard completion to Aaron Easley. South blocked the PAT and Liberty led 30-14 after three.
There were opportunities in the fourth with both teams turning the ball over multiple times, but Liberty was stout enough to defensively that the 16-point lead was never threatened over the final 12 minutes.
"Our run set up our pass tonight," Frigon said. "I was real proud of Ryan (Potts), he was able to get it done and get the ball in the right guys hands. We've been talking about getting over that hump and starting 11 sophomores we know there was going to be some growing pains. I'm hoping we are over that and we can start winning some games now."
Liberty (1-6) hosts Columbia Hickman next week, while Park Hill South is on the road at Ruskin (0-7).
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