The Liberty Bell High School football team got a good look at what a reigning state championship 8-man program looks like when they traveled last Friday (Sept. 20) to Odessa, where the Tigers rolled over the Mountain Lions, 66-0.
And all things considered, it wasn’t a bad showing by the visitors. Earlier, Odessa dispatched Bridgeport, 88-6. Bridgeport beat Liberty Bell, 32-20, in the season’s opening game.
Odessa won last year’s 8-man state championship game over the other regional powerhouse, Almira-Coulee-Hartline, 63-12, after pounding Neah Bay 71-8 and Quilcene 65-6. Before the state tournament, the Tigers had been held to under 70 points only once.
Senior Magnus Treise had a creditable night running the ball against Odessa, carrying 20 times for 90 yards. However, including losses, the Mountain Lions netted only 58 yards rushing.
Freshman quarterback Riley Lidey was 4-13 passing, with one interception, for 63 yards. A 50-yard completion to senior Alex Whites accounted for most of that.
Treise also led the defense with eight tackles. Junior Bodie Paul was in on seven tackles.
Liberty Bell is now 1-2 on the season including a win over Waterville-Mansfield. The Mountain Lions travel to Entiat on Friday. The Tigers are 4-0 in league play, and beat Bridgeport 62-24. Liberty Bell returns home on Oct. 3 to host Pateros, kicking off at 7 p.m. The game had originally been scheduled for Oct. 4 but was rescheduled because of problems finding officials.