Following up on a heart-stopping homecoming win over Manson, the Liberty Bell High School football team traveled to South Whidbey last Friday (Oct. 27) to face the class 1A Falcons. The Mountain Lions lost their final game of the season, 34-15, to finish the year with a 3-5 record in league play and 3-6 overall.

South Whidbey jumped off to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter and added 14 more in the second quarter. Liberty Bell got on the scoreboard with a 60-yard touchdown pass from Tanner White to Brady Moriarty in the second quarter, and Owen Hevly kicked the extra point as the Falcons took a 28-7 halftime lead.

South Whidbey added six points in the third quarter to take a 34-7 lead into the final 12 minutes. Liberty Bell finished the night’s scoring on what coach Bob Bucsko called “a great team effort to drive the ball to the point where Reid Wengerd took it in for a touchdown, then turned around and snagged the pass [from White] for a two-point conversion as well.”

Several Mountain Lion players felt under the weather, the coach said, “but our guys played hard and showed what they are made of and what it means to be a team.”

Seth Stevie gained 125 yards on 17 carries to lead the Liberty Bell ground game. White was 7-14 on passing attempts for 104 yards, with one interception. Moriarty had three receptions for 79 yards.

The annual team banquet was on Monday (Oct. 30).