Liberty Bell running back Jacob McMillan gains ground while quarterback Chip Jones (No. 3) follows the play and Cesar Dominguez (No. 55) blocks the Kittitas line. See page B2 for another photograph from the game. Photo by E.A. Weymuller

Liberty Bell running back Jacob McMillan gains ground while quarterback Chip Jones (No. 3) follows the play and Cesar Dominguez (No. 55) blocks the Kittitas line. Photo by E.A. Weymuller

By Mike Maltais

A game that shaped up to be a close one going by identical 3-1 win-loss records was anything but last Friday (Nov. 1) as the Liberty Bell High School football team celebrated Senior Night by manhandling the visiting Kittitas Coyotes, 48-8.

Kittitas, a team that pulled off wins over Bridgeport, Lake Roosevelt and Oroville this season, appeared frozen in the glare of the Friday night lights and had no effective defensive or offensive response to the relentless Liberty Bell attack.

Whatever the reason, the Coyotes made little headway with their ground game, only penetrating Liberty Bell territory on three drives.

Kittitas passes were intercepted almost as many times as they were completed. One of those was hauled in by freshman Derek Alumbaugh, who would later score Liberty Bell’s final touchdown.

The Mountain Lions scored in every quarter with Chip Jones, Austin Watson, Milo Holston, Emmett Fink and Alumbaugh each crossing the Kittitas goal line.

Jorge Lara had a good night connecting on six of seven extra point attempts.

“Offensively we were able to consistently move the ball,” said coach Sy Bannick. “Defensively we held them to negative yardage until the middle of the third quarter.”

In addition to honoring the nine seniors, the hometown crowd also congratulated the varsity girls’ soccer team at halftime in recognition of the team’s fifth consecutive Washington Interscholastic Activities Association 2B academic state championship.

Almost an entire team of seniors will be lost to graduation next June. They include Austin Watson, Chase Kurtz, Cesar Dominguez, Milo Holston, Jaymis Hanson, Riley Dickinson, Wes Pilkinton, Colby Smith and Kelsey Jensen.

The Mountain Lions close their regular season at White Swan on Friday (Nov. 8) when they meet the undefeated Cougars and their 400-plus pound running back, Todd Picard.

“We look forward to this challenge,” Bannick said. “Our team is excited to go compete for a chance to earn a state playoff spot and to test ourselves against a very good football team.”

 

Liberty Bell’s Colby Smith (No. 77) and Cesar Dominguez (No. 55) were part of a relentless defense that kept Kittitas quarterback Austin Oursland (No. 10) running for cover all night in the Mountain Lions’ 48-8 victory. Photo by E.A. Weymuller

Liberty Bell’s Colby Smith (No. 77) and Cesar Dominguez (No. 55) were part of a relentless defense that kept Kittitas quarterback Austin Oursland (No. 10) running for cover all night in the Mountain Lions’ 48-8 victory. Photo by E.A. Weymuller

 

Offensive stats

Chip Jones – 8 carries, 55 yds, 3 TDs; 6/14 passing, 94 yds, 1 TD

Emmett Fink – 10 carries, 66 yds, 1 TD; 1 reception, 15 yards

Austin Watson – 6 carries, 108 yds, 1 TD

Milo Holston – 4 receptions, 72 yds, 1 TD

Derek Alumbaugh – 3 carries, 12 yds, 1 TD

Jacob McMillan – 7 carries, 20 yds; 1 reception, 7 yds

Jorge Lara – 3 carries, 24 yds

Chase Kurtz – 2 carries, 31 yds

 

Defensive stats

Cesar Dominguez – 6 tackles, 1 sack

Milo Holston – 5 tackles

Jaymis Hanson – 4 tackles

Zane Herrera – 4 tackles

Emmett Fink – 4 tackles

Derek Alumbaugh – 3 tackles, 1 interception, 1 sack

Chase Kurtz – 3 tackles

Wes Pilkinton – 3 tackles

Jose Dominguez – 2 tackles, 1 batted pass

Garrett Jensen – 2 tackles

Jacob McMillan – 2 tackles

Chip Jones – 1 tackle, 1 interception

Jorge Lara – 1 tackle

Eden Davis – 1 tackle

Colby Smith – 1 tackle

 

Special Teams

Jorge Lara – 6 kickoffs, 331, yds; 4 punts, 203 yds; 6/7 PAT

Jaymis Hanson – 1 kick return, 0 yards

Austin Watson – 1 kick return, 21 yards