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Liberty hopes for strong finish, berth in playoffs

By Billy G. Baker 

Liberty—Moving up to AAA from AA made Liberty (3-3) among the smaller schools in the six team Region 1-AAAA but coaching veteran Kyle Stewart is hopeful his team can gut their way into the playoffs at seasons end.
“Our game with Crescent (2-2) this week is important because it is a region game and they are at the top right now along with Pendleton and Seneca with each team having a 1-0 record in the region,” said Coach Stewart. “I think in the end if we beat West Oak (0-6) then for us to place fourth and make the playoffs we are going to have to beat Powdersville (0-6) at the end of the regular season. Our goal is to make the playoffs and we do have a path to accomplish that goal.”
Liberty lost to Seneca last week 34-14. However, they have wins over Berea, St. Joseph’s. and Carolina. Their other two losses were to Pickens and Daniel. 
“We just need a way to get off to better starts in games,” said Coach Stewart. “It’s hard to play catch-up after a bad first quarter. We just need to find a way to take the game to our opponent at the very start of the game. Hopefully, we will start playing with more intensity and focus at the start of games.”
Coach Stewart said he has made two strong nominations for the Shrine Bowl and North-South from his team.  “Without question the two senior leaders on our team are Jack Brissey (6-3, 235) who we moved from defensive end to outside linebacker this season and two-way lineman Zane Boozer (6-2, 265) who helps us on both sides of the football.” said Stewart.
Coach Stewart said film has been available on hudl so all-star coaches can view both of Liberty’s all-star candidates in action. Brissey recently visited Virginia Tech at the invitation of defensive coordinator Bud Foster who has offered Brissey a preferred walk-on opportunity. Brissey is also a top academic student and he is the number one player on the recruiting board at Cornell. 
“Both these young men are like having coaches on the field and they work hard at being good football players and being good people as well,” said Stewart. “We are not blessed with a lot of good athletes but these two can certainly help a college program at the next level.”
A look at the stats leaders after six games shows Clay Lollis leading rushers with 568 yards on 115 carries and 7 touchdowns.  Quarterback Carter Smith has completed 35 of 89 passes for 378 yards working out of a double wing formation. The top receiver is Jaitayus Smith with 16 catches for 151 yards and one score. 
On defense Hunter Powell leads interceptions with three. On the tackle index Luke terry leads with 31 tackles followed by Brissey with 40 which include 10.5 TFL and three sacks. J.T. Howard and Boozer are next on the chart with 31 tackles each. Carter hair and Powell have 26 and 18 tackles each.


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