It was a long night for the Liberty Bell High School varsity football team at Tonasket last Friday (Oct. 7), as the Mountain Lions were overwhelmed by the Tigers, 78-0, falling to 1-5 for the season.

The Mountain Lions will be much more evenly matched with the Waterville Shockers for the annual homecoming game on Friday (Oct. 14), which kicks off at 7 p.m. Waterville is 1-4 on the season. Like Liberty Bell, Waterville is returning to 11-man football after playing eight-man ball last year.

“We struggled at most of the fundamental parts of the game, which caused trouble from the start,” coach Steve White said of the Tonasket game. “Once again, if we can get our players to play like they are able to play we will have no problem winning. We just have to see who shows up — a team or individuals.”

The second-year coach took on some of the responsibility for the Mountain Lions’ struggles against Tonasket. “I have a lot to learn about coaching football and motivating young players to play for the football program and not just for themselves,” he said. “I am optimistic that as time goes on I will accomplish that goal.”

Liberty Bell travels to Manson on Oct. 21, then is scheduled to play its last game of the season against Orcas Island on Saturday, Oct. 29, at a site to be determined.