Liberty North breaks gets first win in a month
By SJ Munoz PrepsKC Senior Writer
Liberty North was dominant from the opening kickoff, rolling to a 47-12 win over Columbia Hickman on Thursday night at William Jewell College.
The win was North's (3-6) first since September 8 and more than doubled their highest offensive output to date, which was 21 points.
The Eagles took less than three minutes to start the scoring as they took over deep in Hickman territory on their first drive of the game.
A two-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Jake Van Dyne to Bradan Stervinou made it 7-0 with 9:48 left in the first.
North made it a 14-0 game on a 72-yard TD strike from Van Dyne to senior tight end Armand Baker with 2:24 to play in the first.
An interception in the final minute of the first by junior Logan Gibson setup the next Eagles score. With 7:09 to go in the half, senior running back Jon Redmond took it in from four yards out and the lead was 21.
Less than two minutes later, Baker nabbed his first of two interceptions in the half, which resulted in a Chris Hampson rushing TD at the 3:21 mark of the second to make it 28-0.
Baker's next INT was a house call and the Eagles took a 34-point lead into the half.
North continued their dominance in the third with the only score of the quarter on a 32-yard run by Redmond, his second score of the night.
At 9:10 of the fourth, Hickman finally got on the scoreboard and added another TD bomb with 6:50 to go in the quarter, which was the final score of the game.
In between the two Hickman (1-8) scores was a sensational kickoff return for a touchdown by North senior Darrious Taylor just 12 seconds after Hickman's first TD.
The Eagles head into the postseason with a much needed confidence boost earning their third win of the season against a very challenge schedule.
"We wanted the kids to be more physical than they were the last couple of weeks," Liberty North head coach Ken Clemens said. "The hard part about play a tough opponent week after week is you can't have that down week and we had a few of those. Confidence has been an issue all year and we've faced a lot of adversity this season. Tonight was a good opportunity to build some confidence and we hope this is a good turning point for us."
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