In a game that saw the Liberty Bell High School football team top 500 yards in total offense, it was defense that saved the day in the Mountain Lions’ 36-34 win over visiting Wilbur-Creston last Friday (Oct. 11).
With Liberty Bell clinging to a 2-point lead late in the fourth quarter, Wilbur-Creston picked off a pass by Mountain Lion quarterback Riley Lidey at midfield and drove to the home team’s 7-yard line for a first-and-goal and just 45 seconds left on the clock.
Liberty Bell stopped two running plays, a Wilbur-Creston pass was completed but out of bounds, and on fourth down Lidey redeemed the earlier interception by batting away a Wilbur-Creston pass in the end zone, preserving the win.
The Mountain Lions fought back from an 18-12 deficit at the end of the first quarter to go up by two at halftime, 28-26.
After that combined outburst of 54 first-half points, both teams managed just a touchdown each in the second half. Liberty Bell’s came in the third quarter along with a two-point conversion for a 36-26 lead; Wilbur-Creston’s came early in the fourth and was capped by a two-point conversion as well.
The Mountain Lions’ ground game was stellar, with three runners racking up more than 100 yards rushing: Magnus Treise with 179 yards and three touchdowns on 20 carries; Bodie Paul with 105 yards on 21 carries; and Lidey with 115 yards and a touchdown on nine carries. Lidey was 6-11 passing for 108 yards and one touchdown, to Tyler Darwood.
Paul led the defense with 13 tackles, a sack and a forced fumble. Treise contributed 11 tackles, a sack and a forced fumble. Darwood added five tackles.
“I am very proud of these boys.” Liberty Bell coach Jeff Lidey said. “They came together and rallied in the second quarter and refused to let Wilbur-Creston back in it. We are firing on all cylinders right now and I hope to keep it this way.”
The win evened Liberty Bell’s season record at 3-3. The Mountain Lions host Soap Lake on Friday (Oct. 18) with kickoff at 7 p.m.