(TNS) SETH — Liberty utilized yet another second-quarter scoring outburst to cruise to a 43-0 victory over Sherman on Friday night.
The Raiders scored one touchdown in the first quarter, then followed it up with a 28-point second to roll into halftime with a 35-0 lead over the Tide. A week ago, Liberty also scored a single touchdown in the first quarter against Mount View before racking up 36 points in the second to erase all doubt.
Liberty coach Jeff Alexander believes his team just needs a little time to test out the opposing defense in each contest before the scoring onslaught can ensue.
“It takes us a little time to figure out what they’re doing to us on defense,” Alexander said, “and once we figure it out, we’re able to roll with it.”
It was again the usual suspects that led the way for the Raiders. Quarterback Hunter Wright connected on 10 of his 16 passes for 207 yards and three touchdowns. Christian Whittaker accounted for the three other touchdowns, scoring on runs of 1, 5 and 13 yards while amassing 138 yards on 22 carries.
For Alexander, the senior duo has set the tone not just for this game, but for the entire season.
“We feed off those guys,” he said. “We really depend on them for a lot. They’re our senior leaders, so they usually always step up.”
Junior wide receiver Jacob Bailey also continued to step up for Liberty, catching six passes for 128 yards. Two of those receptions, a 40-yarder and a 36-yard grab, went for touchdowns. Brandon Lemon was the other recipient of a Wright touchdown toss.
The Raider defense was also solid in the game, holding the three primary Sherman ball carriers to just 29 combined yards on 34 carries and keeping quarterback Bailey Kirk from completing a pass in six attempts.
Liberty moves to 4-1 at the halfway point of its regular season. After sitting out all of the second half last week, several starters received a considerable amount of rest in the second half of this contest as well. That rest will continue to be crucial as the Raiders welcome a solid AAA Princeton squad to Glen Daniel next week.
“We’ve definitely got our hands full next week with Princeton coming to town,” Alexander said.
Sherman falls to 1-4 on the season and will face another tough Raleigh County opponent next week. The Tide will travel to Coal City to take on 4-1 Independence.
L 7 28 8 0 — 43
S 0 0 0 0 — 0
L 8:56 Christian Whittaker 5 yd run (Deontae Acord Kick)
L 11:45 Whittaker 1 yd run (Conversion Failed)
L 10:16 Hunter Wright 40 yd pass to Jacob Bailey (Kick Failed)
L 2:42 Wright 36 yd pass to Bailey (Sammy Sluss run)
L 0:04 Wright 16 yd pass to Brandon Lemon (Sluss run)
L 6:27 Whittaker 13 yd run (Sluss Run)
Rushing — L: Christian Whittaker 22-138, Hunter Wright 5-45, Sammy Sluss 7-13, Brandon Lemon 1-4, Eric Workman 1- -2. S: Willen Christian 8-23, Kyle Davis 10-9, Bailey Kirk 16- -3.
Passing — L: Wright 10-16-0-207. S: Kirk 0-6-0-0.
Receiving — L: Jacob Bailey 6-128, Deontae Acord 2-53, Lemon 1-16, Timmy Drafton 1-10.
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