written by: Daniel Britt
The Liberty Patriot’s (nationally ranked 40th) 2018-19 football season kicks off this friday night (8/23/18) in Arizona against the second best team in AZ, Saguaro Sabercats.
Week three is the week that all of us Las Vegas high school football fans have been waiting for, for about four months now. Our Liberty Patriots will face off against nationally ranked #3 IMG academy from Florida.
IMG has three players on their roster that are top 50 players in the country. Defensive End (DE) Nolan Smith (12) is ranked the best player in the country going into his senior year. A couple of weapons on the offensive side of the ball for the Ascenders is Running Back (RB) Trey Sanders (12) and Offensive Tackle (OT) Evan Neal (12).
In the past five years, IMG has a grand record of 47-3. There last lost was in 2014 to St. Johns High School in Washington D.C 35-2.
Enough about IMG, Let’s move onto our Liberty Patriots who have won eight Sunrise Regional Championships in a row and look to defend our title.
We are 54-13 in the past five years as a team. Team captains Troy Fautanu (12), Kyle Beaudry (12), Luke Toomalatai (12) and Jeremiah Tai’ese (12) look to make their last ride as a Patriot an undefeated season. The game vs IMG is here at Freedom Field on September 7th under the lights for the Polynesian Classic game. The game be live on tv on the CW.
Speaking of team captains Troy Fautanu has a huge decision this offseason as he has 21 offers and every school in the Pac-12 besides Stanford. Troy plays Right Tackle (RT) and he looks to dominate Nolan Smith on September 7th.
Zyrus Fiaseu (10) was a big part of Liberty's success last season as he earned division one offers from top schools in the country and his play was huge also. To Fiaseu being able to play for a top school in the country is an opportunity to let everyone in the country know who Liberty football is.
“Liberty is a special place and the energy this school has for football is amazing and it just feels like another family,” said Zyrus Fiaseu(10)
Liberty will be ready for IMG and we have to wait and see how this battle goes. Let's hope for another great Polynesian Classic.