The Liberty Bell High School football team’s season ended with a 56-16 loss to Almira-Coulee-Hartline (ACH), one of the state’s best 8-man teams, but the Mountain Lions finished the season with a winning record of 5-4.
The visiting Warriors raced to a 44-0 halftime lead in the Nov. 2 game, played in a fair amount of daylight because it started at 4 p.m. at Mountain Lion Stadium. The second half was played under a running clock, and ACH substituted liberally.
Trailing 56-0, Liberty Bell struck twice in the final 4 minutes of the final quarter of the final game. Freshman quarterback Riley Lidey found junior Tyler Darwood for a nicely executed touchdown pass with 3:49 left in the game. The Mountain Lions recovered an onside kick, and with just over 2 minutes left senior Magnus Treise broke loose on a 35-yard scoring run. Liberty Bell added two 2-point conversions.
Earlier in the game, two Liberty Bell fumble recoveries slowed down the Warriors somewhat. And a 95-yard return of an intercepted Lidey pass for an ACH touchdown was nullified by a penalty. ACH also recovered a couple of Mountain Lion fumbles.
Before the game, Liberty Bell’s five seniors were honored: Treise, Alex Whites, Konnor Doran, Jed McMillan and Caleb Simmons. Also honored were the senior members of the cheer squad, Shelby White, Shelby Vintin and Sabyl Curtis.