Liberty earns tough win over SJ Central

By Cody Thorn The St. Joseph News-Press
Posted: August 20, 2016 - 11:37 PM



Robert Rawie’s four touchdowns helped Liberty snap a four-game losing skid against Central that dates back three seasons.

Playing the rest of a suspended game on a warm, sunny Saturday afternoon, the Blue Jays scored on their first three possessions of the second half to roll to a 49-28 victory at Greene Stadium at William Jewell College.

Rawie had three touchdowns Friday night and helped Liberty build a 28-25 lead over the Indians before weather brought that game — and many others — to a halt. The junior picked up where he left off with a 51-yard touchdown run on the fourth play of the third quarter.

He ran off left tackle before making a cut near the Liberty sideline and then ran across the field and outsprinted the Central defenders for the touchdown.

“If you have a team that obviously (Friday) at the start of the game wasn’t overly ready to play and (Saturday) in the second half wasn’t ready to play,” Central coach Phil Pitts said. “I got to figure something out to make us ready to go. We will work on that. We will grow from that and we will get better from that.”

Central (0-1, 0-1 Suburban Red) closed Friday by scoring 19 unanswered to pull within a field goal of the lead. The Indians’ offense picked up where they left off by scoring after Rawie’s touchdown.

Quarterback Dawson Page connected with Cade Musser for a 28-yard completion on a key third-down play to keep the drive alive. Central moved to the Liberty 12-yard line, before a run for a loss and incomplete pass stalled the drive.

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