By Mike Maltais
The Liberty Bell High School varsity football team overpowered the Soap Lake Eagles of the North Central Washington B League South Division, 54-15, in its first full game of the 2014 season in non-league play on the road last Friday (Sept. 5).
But the game wasn’t as one-sided as it sounds.
For one thing, the Mountain Lions didn’t get on the board until the second quarter.
“We shot ourselves in the foot,” is the way coach Brian Wilbur described the first quarter of action.
When the Mountain Lions settled down to execute their offense, however, their talent started to tell.
“We intercepted them three times,” Wilbur said of his defense, “and Chip Jones and Jorge Lara each had a ‘pick six’ in the Eagles’ end zone for two scores.”
Soap Lake managed two long-yardage plays to show Liberty Bell that there was still work left to do on defense, but in the end the Mountain Lions’ running game proved to be more than Soap Lake could contain.
The Mountain Lions host the La Salle Lightning from Union Gap in their first non-league home game on Friday (Sept. 12). Gates open at 6 p.m. with game time at 7 p.m. In lieu of cash, spectators are encouraged to bring $6 worth of non-perishable food items to serve as the gate entry fee.
Liberty Bell will host the Tonasket Tigers for its league home opener on Sept. 19.