Liberty pounds St. Joseph Central

By Levi Smith News-Press Now
Posted: August 19, 2017 - 12:54 AM



For Central, the team’s season opener didn’t exactly yield the results it had hoped for.

Adam Ball’s first game as coach for the Indians would result in a 48-3 blowout at the hands of No. 5 Liberty, as his team struggled to do much of anything in slowing down the Blue Jays on either side of the ball.

“We played sloppy, we played slow. Lot of mistakes and too many penalties,” said Ball. “I was disappointed with the way we came out.”

From the game’s first possession, Liberty demonstrated its dominance. Following a bruising drive in which Blue Jays senior Robert Rawie pounded through in short yardage for a pair of first downs, Liberty passer Thomas Henrichs let loose a bomb up the right sideline that found his target, connecting with senior receiver Gibson Brown for a 42-yard deep strike for touchdown to open up the game.

It wouldn’t be the last time the team was victimized by the Blue Jays’ vertical passing attack.

In the second quarter, Heinrichs would again find Brown for a 70-yard touchdown, and near the end of the half backup Alex Roush hit sophomore Michael Book for yet another explosive 53-yard play to mark is 35-0.

After half, the game had a running clock.

“They made some great plays. They have great athletes and they’re well coached,” said Ball. “I know one of them was an assignment bust on our part. We’re playing with a young guy in Jake Judah, he plays as hard as anyone else. But he takes his lumps every once in awhile and he got beat over the top.”

Perhaps more surprising was Liberty’s performance on the ground where the Blue Jays would chalk up 193 total rushing yards and two rushing scores while holding Central’s rushing attack to 65 yards. This coming despite being at a substantial disadvantage when it came to pure bulk up front on the line.

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