LIBERTY – After a disastrous 0-6 start, the Liberty High football team has found itself back in the playoff hunt with two consecutive wins.
The Red Devils’ most recent 14-6 upset win over Crescent has given other teams in Region I AA reason for pause, as the Tigers were considered the favorite to challenge Chesnee for the conference crown.
After having to endure a season of narrow losses, Liberty coach Kyle Stewart and his team found a way to hold off Crescent for a momentum building road win.
A slow start by both teams had the game tied early in the first half. After several failed drives, Liberty finally found its opening just before the break. Red Devil running back Amos Welborn found the end zone after a 68-yard drive, giving Liberty a 7-0 advantage.
The Red Devils would continue their success early in the second half, as Erick Sanchez broke free in the third quarter for a 54-yard touchdown run, giving Liberty a 14-0 lead.
Dalston Davis would have an answer for Crescent, however, tossing a 24-yard score to Chandler Creswell, narrowing the Red Devil margin to 14-6.
The Red Devil defense held strong in the closing minutes of the fourth quarter, sealing its biggest win of the season over one of the region’s top contenders.
With just two games left on the schedule, Liberty will need every win it can get to solidify itself as one of the regions six playoff contenders.
The Red Devils will head home this Friday as they get set to take on a 4-4 Pendleton squad . Liberty will then hit the road for its final regular season game on Nov. 1 as they take on Carolina Academy (3-5).
Kickoff for Friday night’s showdown is set for 7:30 p.m. in Liberty.