Written By: Daniel Britt
Three games into the 2018-19 football season and our Liberty Patriots are looking pretty good even though their record is 1-2. We have a pretty solid squad this season and want a state title.
Game one was in Arizona against our out of state rival Saguaro Sabercats. We beat them 22-12 , and our offense was looking good for the first game. Our defense stepped up a lot and kept the Sabercats offense to under 200 offensive yards.
The play of the game was by Sophomore Zyrus Fiaseu (10) and older brother Austin Fiaseu (12). Austin Fiaseu blocked a punt on a 4th down while younger brother Zyrus ran and picked up the punt and took it back for a patriots touchdown.
Liberty’s home opener in week two against Lone Peak from Utah was a tragedy all around for the Patriots, resulting in a 21-10 loss. On the offensive side, we only passed for 29 passing yards and 101 total yards offensively. The only touchdown came from Defensive End (DE) Luke Toomalatai (12) off a blocked punt for return.
Starting quarterback (QB) Noa Faoa (11) got hurt early in the first quarter so slot receiver Victor Epstein (11) came in. Sadly another injury from Epstein late in the third quarter hurt the Patriots again. Third string quarterback, Kanyon Stoneking (11), came into the game and ended up leading Liberty in passing yards for the game with 11.
We ended strong after multiple injuries. The team did not lose their pride and had to move on from the tough loss and got ready for the number one team in the country, IMG from Florida.
Week three was a better looking Liberty team if you weren’t looking at the scoreboard. Liberty’s running game was their success in the game with 92 yards rushing against a top five defense in the country. Final score ended with IMG coming out on top 35-0.
This now puts Liberty at a starting record of 1-2 for the season. The last time Liberty started out 1-2 was in 2013 and still ended the season 10-4, reaching the State semi-finals. Wide receiver, Maurice Hampton (11), had some words about the 1-2 record.
“We will come back strong, it isn’t only about the record, it’s about how the team comes together after the loss. It was a wake up call,” said Hampton.
Liberty has a bye (a week with no game) week this week to get back on track and head for a ninth straight Sunrise region division champs. Their next opponent is three time defending 3A state champions Desert Pines.
“We need to focus one week at a time… work hard as a team and fix our mistakes that we’ve made from previous weeks. This upcoming game is going to be a dog fight and one to watch,” said Hampton.
Meanwhile, Liberty’s JV team is off to a great start at 2-0 and also faces Desert Pines this week. Freshman football has a 3-0 start and a bye week this upcoming week (9/19/18).
Just wait to see what will happen with Liberty football and come out to support your Patriots; Show some Patriot Pride.