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Liberty earns spot in AAA playoffs behind Brissey & Boozer

By Billy G. Baker

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Liberty — As Liberty (5-5) prepares to go to top seeded Chester this week in the first round of the AAA playoffs head coach Kyle Stewart said he is proud of the fact his team was able to post a 5-5 record and make the playoffs with just 22 hard working players.

“I was fortunate to have a bunch of young men who wanted to get there,” said Coach Stewart. “We got moved up from AA to AAA, and we are the smallest school numbers wise in our region,” said Coach Stewart. “We would come off the field and send most of the same guys back out on special teams and then we would send four or five more out who played both ways to play defense. A lot of other teams had few two-way players but due to our numbers we had no choice.”

Liberty’s five wins came over Berea, Carolina and St. Joseph’s with region wins over West Oak and Powdersville.

This week Coach Stewart knows his team has a huge challenge on the road at top seeded Chester. “We are going over there with the attitude we can win, and we have a bunch of players who like to compete,” said Coach Stewart.”

There are two hard working goal- oriented players on the team that Coach Stewart feels like should have made either the Shrine Bowl or the North-South.  “Jack Brissey and Zane Boozer come to play every down and I can’t wait to see how the Chester (Victor Floyd) coach feels about them when the game is over Friday night.  In all honesty the colleges are pretty stupid for not giving them more recruiting attention.”

Brissey, (6-3, 235, 4.63) visited Virginia Tech in early September and he has been extended a preferred walk-on offer by defensive coordinator Bud Foster. The Hokies are keeping in touch with him.  He is also hearing from The Citadel and he has been number one on the board at Cornell for some time.

“Jack has made a lot of sacrifices to help the team,” said Coach Stewart. “We played him at defensive end until this season and we knew he was an outside edge player (linebacker) all the time. His stats have suffered this season to his credit because teams are game planning away from him.  Not many people are going to run right at him.”

Brissey has 63 tackles with 16.5 TFL and 4.5 sacks. He benches presses 320 pounds, squats 485 and he has a 3.7 GPA n core courses at his school. Brissey wants to major in Industrial Electronics Engineering with a minor in World history.

Boozer (6-2, 240) is a two- way player who stars at both defensive tackle and is also the team’s top offensive lineman. “Boozer has a thick body and he plays with great intensity and he is a great two- gap player,” said Coach Stewart. “He splits the double team about as well as I’ve ever seen.”

The team’s top running back is Clay Lollis who gained 1,089 yards and scored 12 touchdowns. Newcomer quarterback Carter Smith completed 64 of 164 passes for 740 yards and 7 touchdowns. The team’s top receiver is Jaitayus Smith who caught 26 passes for 328 yards and three scores.

The team’s top tackler is Luke Terry with 73 stops, five sacks and 16.5 TFL. J.T. Howard was also a good performer on defense with 52 tackles   

Brissiey put the team goals for Liberty into perspective after he saw the region predictions in August. “When I saw we were not picked to win a region game and that we were picked dead last I told the team that this wasn’t going to happen.,” he said. “I told them we were better than that. I am proud of the way we battled all year and we worked hard to earn a spot in the playoffs.”

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