Mountain Lions roar back for thrilling homecoming win
By Don Nelson
Nobody wanted to leave. It was cold and the hour was growing late, but nearly everyone stayed right where they were — on or near the Liberty Bell High School football field.
The semi-delirious crowd was riding the adrenaline surge of a thrilling, improbable, 15-14 Mountain Lion win over visiting Manson in last Friday’s homecoming game.
Forty-seven minutes and 59 seconds of exciting high school football elapsed before Liberty Bell scored the winning points.
With six seconds to go in the game, previously undefeated and highly ranked Manson was ahead, 14-7, but the Mountain Lions were at the Manson five-yard line. Five seconds later, Liberty Bell had made it 14-13 on a touchdown pass.
What happened next, with one second left in the game, will forever live in Mountain Lion lore. For the details about how Liberty Bell scored those final two points, click to see the related story.
People were talking about it all weekend. They’ll be talking about it for a long time. Some older fans may have recalled the famous line by TV announcer Al Michaels when the U.S. hockey team defeated the Russian team in the 1980 winter Olympics: “Do you believe in miracles? Yes!”
It was a night for believing.