LEE’S SUMMIT — Two-hundred and sixty four Liberty North students loaded up in five school buses to follow their Eagles to Lee’s Summit for a conference test on Friday, Oct. 18.
The students were treated to another Liberty North victory, this one a balanced 38-7 win to improve to a stout 8-0 record.
“Being 8-0 is a good feeling,” Eagles coach Greg Jones said.
The fan support on the road didn’t go unnoticed.
“Any time you can have five busloads of kids, it’s stinking impressive,” Jones said. “They definitely know we appreciate the support, the energy and enthusiasm they bring to the game.”
Liberty North’s students won’t have to go far to see the next football game, as the Eagles will try for a perfect regular season at home against Park Hill South (4-4, 3-2) on Friday, Oct. 25. The senior night game kicks off at 7 p.m.
Additionally, A victory will solidify an outright league championship for the Eagles, now ranked No. 2 in Class 6 after Rockhurst upset CBC.
“You have to make sure you don’t have that game where you take a step backwards,” Jones said. “We have to go out there and make sure we play our game, and if we do that we’ll be the outright conference champions for only the second time at Liberty North. It’s a lot on the line with senior night and we just need to continue to do what we’re doing.”
Against Lee’s Summit (4-4, 2-3), the Eagles racked up 505 yards of total offense, rushing for 303 and passing for 202. They held the Tigers to 265 total yards.
“Through the air and on the ground, we had it going,” Jones said.
Liberty North jumped out to a 10-0 lead in the first quarter. Davis Rockers caught a 28-yard touchdown pass from Jake Van Dyne midway through the first, and Blake Craig kicked a 42-yard field goal with 1:47 left in the frame.
Lee’s Summit’s Micah Manning ran in a 4-yard touchdown to cut the lead to 10-7 early in the second.
But Van Dyne ran in a short touchdown run to make it a two-score lead with 6:31 left in the half. The 17-7 scoreline stuck as the halftime advantage.
The Eagles’ rushing attack took over in the second half. The visitors scored rushing TDs of 1 yard from Zac Willingham-Davis, 4 yards from Keshawn Turner and 2 yards from Jason White.
Running backs Turner and Willingham-Davis received a good push up front for a strong 1-2 punch. Turner led with 106 rushing yards on 11 attempts, while Willingham-Davis added 99 yards on 15 carries.
Receiver Warren Bennett III added 56 rushing yards on six attempts, and Cayden Arzola contributed 39 rushing yards on seven carries.
Van Dyne completed 12 of 21 pass attempts for 180 yards and a touchdown. Bennett and Tyler Jenness each caught four passes. Jenness racked up 81 receiving yards and Bennett had 48 to total 104 all-purpose yards.
The Eagles held an opponent to just one touchdown or less for a fifth time this year.