Photo courtesy of a Liberty Bell fan
Liberty Bell defenders swarmed to bring down a Bridgeport ball carrier in the Mountain Lions’ victory.

By Don Nelson

The Liberty Bell High School football team unleashed a nearly unstoppable ground game to overwhelm Bridgeport last Friday (Sept. 29), 47-9, on the Mustangs’ home field.

The Mountain Lions dove and dashed for 449 running yards, led by Seth Stevie’s 232 yards on nine carries for three touchdowns. That’s an average of 26 yards per carry, helped by Stevie’s 80-yard touchdown run.

Henry Jones added 134 yards on nine carries and also scored three touchdowns. He added to his total by kicking three extra points. Jones’ longest touchdown run was 47 yards.

Reid Wengerd finished the Mountain Lions’ scoring on a six-yard run in the fourth quarter.

Overall, the Mountain Lions averaged more than 10 yards per running attempt. With the rushing game working so well, Liberty Bell quarterback Tanner White attemped just one pass and completed it, for three yards.

The Mountain Lions built a 28-3 halftime lead, and held the Mustangs to a single touchdown and a field goal. Liberty Bell kept its penalties to 35 yards.

Liberty Bell coach Bob Bucsko praised his team’s efforts on both sides of the ball. The offensive output, he said, “was a tremendous effort by the whole team.”

The Mountain Lions continued their aggressive “swarm to the ball” strategy on defense, and four players registered double-digit totals for unassisted tackles. Reid Wengerd had 14, followed by Finlay Holston with 12, Magnus Treise with 12 and Brayden White with 10. Brayden White and Tanner White each caused a fumble.

Liberty Bell has now matched its win total of last year with a record of 2-3 going into Friday’s home game against Tonasket.

“This team has made tremendous gains since the beginning of the season, Bucsko said. “This week we’ll see how far we have come when we play Tonasket.”

Kickoff is at 7 p.m.