Bodie Paul rushed for three touchdowns and Magnus Treise ground out 123 yards rushing to carry Liberty Bell High School to a 40-20 win over Pateros Thursday (Oct. 3) on the home field.
Both teams started slowly — especially the Mountain Lions. The Billy Goats went up 6-0 midway through the second quarter, after an 88-yard drive that chewed up more than 9 minutes off the game clock.
The Lions broke out on the very next play. Treise, a senior, burst through the Pateros defense on a 52-yard touchdown run. Paul ran in the 2-point conversion to put the Lions up, 8-6.
After a Pateros punt, Liberty Bell converted on its next drive. Paul scored on a 37-yard run made possible by “perfectly executed blocking,” coach Jeff Lidey said.
The Mountain Lions went into halftime with a 16-6 lead.
In the third quarter, Paul scored his second touchdown of the game on a 4-yard run, but Pateros scored twice to make the score 24-20 Lions.
The fourth quarter was all Liberty Bell. Freshman quarterback Riley Lidey dove across the goal line after a 4-yard run, and Paul notched his third touchdown on a 10-yard run.
Paul finished with 73 yards rushing. Lidey had 44 yards on the ground to go with 53 yards passing. The Mountain Lions outgained Pateros on the ground, 264-100. They converted all five 2-point conversion attempts.
Coach Lidey said he was happy with the outcome, but his team missed some opportunities early in the game.
“We had the ball in the red zone [inside the opponent’s 20-yard line] at least three times and couldn’t find our way in — twice in the first quarter,” Lidey said. “We need to start getting more hungry for the end zone, especially when we are that close. We should have scored on the opening drive and set the tone right away,” Lidey added.
The win improved the Mountain Lions’ record to 2-3 (1-2 in league). They host Wilbur-Creston (5-1, 1-1) at 7 p.m. Friday (Oct. 11).