Photos by Jacob Wagner, Grand Coulee Star
Liberty Bell’s Alex Whites plunged through the Lake Roosevelt line.

It was a long and painful night at Lake Roosevelt last Friday (Sept. 14) for the Liberty Bell High School football team, which lost both the game and a key player.

The Raiders overwhelmed the Mountain Lions, 46-0, leaving Liberty Bell with a 1-2 record for the season.

What hurts just as much, coach Bob Bucsko said, is the loss of senior Brayden White, who suffered a broken collarbone and is out for the season. “This will be a great loss as he was a true asset to our team,” Bucsko said.

White scored four touchdowns in the Mountain Lions’ opening game of the season, a 64-33 loss to Oroville. In that game, he returned two kickoffs for touchdowns and rushed for 170 yards on 9 carries.

“I am so proud of these kids. The Liberty Bell players were a class act and gave it their all,” Bucsko said. “They never gave up even when it was obvious they were outmatched.”

The Mountain Lions’ next game is on Saturday (Sept. 22) at Lyle-Wishram, with kickoff at 3 p.m. Lyle-Wishram is on the Columbia River across from The Dalles, Oregon, another long bus ride for the Liberty Bell team. Lyle-Wishram is, like Liberty Bell, in the 2B classification, according to the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association. Liberty Bell’s first home game of the season is on Oct. 5, hosting Soap Lake.

Liberty Bell at Lake Roosevelt

Liberty Bell 0 0 0 0 0

Lake Roosevelt 14 13 13 6 46

The Mountain Lions’ Tyler Darwood tackled a Lake Roosevelt ball carrier.