Written By: Daniel Britt
Varsity Football hasn’t been what every fan expected this season, but on the bright side, our Liberty Patriots are going back to the playoffs. With a 3-4 record right now and one last upcoming game against bitter rival Coronado, we can end the regular season 4-4, with a chance to still win our 9th straight Sunrise regional championship.
Liberty is 4-4 but should be 6-2; Liberty got into a bench clearing altercation with Desert Pines High School after we were already winning the game. The altercation cost Liberty and Desert Pines each two games, including that game as they had to forfeit.
One of the games they had to forfeit was a divisional game against Chaparral High School. This left Liberty with a 1-4 record and some scary playoff chances. Last time Liberty didn’t make the playoffs was in 2008.
Wide receiver Tyson Kohoutek (12) says that the ride to the playoffs has been rough and that no matter their record, this team does not give up.
“The ride to the playoffs has been pretty tough because of the adversities the team has faced to get there… our record does not show what this team can do, I still feel as if we have a great shot to win state and hopefully we handle business through the first two games and then play Gorman and knock them out. Then we go win this schools first state championship,” said Kohoutek.
Last season the Patriots came up a little short in the state semifinals to the 7 time, 4a state champs Bishop Gorman Gaels. Liberty looks to retrace their footsteps of last season’s playoff run, but to finally beat biggest rival Bishop Gorman.
Transfer Quarterback from Kapolei High School in Hawaii, Noa Faoa(11), is leading this squad into the playoffs and says they will go in strong.
“I don’t think it’ll be difficult as long as we really dial in and focus on the game plan the coaches have for the week then we’ll be good.” said Faoa.
Before the playoffs Liberty needs to focus on this week's game against Coronado (11-2-18) so they can end with a record of 4-4, to get a better playoff seed (A seed is a competitor or team in a sport or other tournament who is given a preliminary ranking for the purposes of the draw).
The Playoffs start next Friday night (11-9-18). We will see what happens and where Liberty places and what will end up happening on the journey this year.