Football: Liberty Middle end their dominant football season with a Championship

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Andrew Davis and Logan Haas each ran for two touchdowns, and Max Walraven added another score for Liberty. Walraven also threw three two-point conversions, two to Charlie Delp and one to Ellis Alldredge. Andrew Avila also ran in a two-point conversion. Jackson Purdy and Dalton Tallant also played well, according to Williams.

Liberty led 16-0 at halftime with Davis scoring both touchdowns. They stayed ahead by two points throughout the course.

From the start of the season, Williams had high expectations for this team.

“At this level, bringing the kids back is a delight,” Williams said. “Especially with seventh and eighth graders, you get them for two years at most, and a lot of the time those seventh graders aren’t necessarily ready to play eighth grade football. But for this class, I think we had eight or nine returning starters, which at this level is gold. They had that experience playing last year as seventh graders, and it carried over into the season. Our expectations since our debut in April were to win this championship. They trained during the summer. They worked hard, and they kept going until August, September, and finally came back and had the opportunity to have a second chance to play against a team that beat us, which prevented us from having a perfect season.

This experience paid off in the rematch, as Liberty was able to rebound and execute much better than the first time around.

“I don’t think we executed that first game very well,” Williams said. “There have been a few special teams games that we would like to get back. I definitely question myself. There were a few times in that first game where maybe we could have scored a basket and that would be the difference. You always question yourself when you do this. But we didn’t and there are some things training-wise that I wish I had been back to after that first game, especially in our first training. Defensively speaking, we just played much better technique when they were running the jet-sweep or the fly-sweep, whatever you want to call it.

Liberty finished its season with an 8-1 record and a championship trophy.

Photo by Jay Rooney Photography for the Forsyth County News

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