Photo courtesy of a Liberty Bell fan
The Mountain Lions suffered a 54-0 loss at the hands of the Brewster Bears last week.

The road-weary Liberty Bell High School football team will play before the home fans for the first time this season on Friday (Oct. 5), and the rugged travel schedule has left the team a bit shorthanded.

The Mountain Lions host Soap Lake on Friday with kickoff at 7 p.m., after five away games that produced a 1-4 record including last week’s 54-0 loss at Lake Roosevelt.

“We are experiencing a difficult season against some very strong teams,” head coach Bob Bucsko said. “We have been forced to start some very young players who are doing the best they can. Currently we have five players on the sidelines with injuries.”

“On the positive side, Brady Moriarty had an outstanding game and is player of the week,” the coach continued. “Brady was asked to play corner [on defense] which was a very uncomfortable move for him but he accepted the challenge. Despite the devastating loss, Brady had the game of his life on defense and ran his heart out carrying the ball on offense.”

Against Lake Roosevelt, Moriarty gained 45 yards on six carries, had two pass receptions for 35 yards, was in on seven tackles and five unassisted tackles, and batted away two passes.

The Soap Lake game is the first of three consecutive home appearances for the Mountain Lions. They host West Seattle in a Saturday game on Oct. 13, with kickoff at 3 p.m. Liberty Bell welcomes Tonasket on Oct. 19 (Homecoming), with a 7 p.m. kickoff.