By Mike Maltais
The Liberty Bell High School varsity football team will see its first regular season action and face its first league opponent at Manson this Friday (Sept. 27) at 7 p.m.
An intra-squad scrimmage last week gave the Mountain Lions an opportunity to experience a regulation-time workout in anticipation of their first season opponent, following the cancellation of the first two non-league games of the season.
“We have a lot of catching up to do because most of our league opponents have at least two games played by now and have more in-game time than us this year,” said coach Sy Bannick. “Luckily, the majority of our players have lots of game experience from the previous years and should be able to knock the rust off quickly.”
Following a low early season turnout the Mountain Lions varsity football roster now boasts a lineup of 22 full-time players including two from the eighth grade ranks.
“On offense we have a new starting quarterback in Chip Jones, who should have a great year,” Bannick said. “Our all star Austin Watson is healthy and ready to get to work.”
Watson was an All-League offense and defense first-team pick as both a running back and defensive back.
“We also expect Milo Holston to be a big contributor to our offensive attack,” Bannick said.
Defensively, “Cesar Dominguez is primed to have a strong season,” the coach said. “He hits hard and runs fast.”
Dominguez was also an All-League first-team selection at defensive back.
“Emmett Fink is returning on the defensive line and will use his toughness to make lots of big plays for our team,” Bannick added.
Fink was nominated to last year’s All-League second team as a defensive lineman.
“Manson is a young team but they have some very talented players,” Bannick said. “We need to get at them right away and try to control the flow of the game.”