LIBERTY — Liberty North’s undefeated run this season continued with an emphatic 31-0 victory over Lee’s Summit West on Friday, Nov. 1, promptly turning the focus to an intriguing district semifinal matchup.
Top-seeded Liberty North (10-0) links up with No. 4 Rockhurst for the first football meeting between the two schools in a Class 4 District 4 game at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8 at the Crossley Family Activity Center.
It’ll be a district semifinal with plenty of storylines. The Eagles will try and keep their strongest season alive, while the Hawklets hope to extend the legacy of head coach Tony Severino, who is retiring at season’s end.
“I know those kids over there want to send coach Severino off the right way because let’s all face it; he’s a legend here in Kansas City,” Eagles coach Greg Jones said. “The man’s done tremendous things. They’re trying to send him off on a positive note and they’re a solid football team.”
The Hawklets (7-3) last week inched past Lee’s Summit 17-14, scoring all points in the fourth quarter with kicker knocking through a 47-yarder with 3:04 left for the eventual game-winner.
And the Eagles produced their first shutout of the season against a tough No. 8 seed in Lee’s Summit West.
“It was awesome,” Jones said of his defense, which is allowing 10 1/2 points per game. “They were flying around and excited and playing with enthusiasm. At this time of year defense and special teams are critical.”
Senior Alex Miller recorded two interceptions, one that he ran back for a touchdown to give the Eagles a 14-0 lead with 1:50 left before halftime.
“That’s one of those plays that changed the momentum,” Jones said.
Jake Van Dyne connected with Tyler Jenness on a 7-yard touchdown pass two seconds ahead of intermission for a 21-0 lead.
“To be able to score three times in the second quarter was huge,” Jones said, “and then we came out and scored the opening drive of the third.”
That touchdown came on a Van Dyne 12-yard pass to Warren Bennett III. Blake Craig made a 29-yard field goal with 1:18 left in the contest to cap the scoring.
Through the first quarter it was a defensive battle. Then, Zac Willingham-Davis scored on a six-yard run with 7:14 left in the second quarter to open the scoring.The Eagles totaled 322 yards. Van Dyne finished 18-for-25 passing for 205 yards and two touchdowns. He connected with Bennett seven times for 86 yards, Jenness six times for 66 yards and Luke Mathews on four occasions for 36 yards.
“They were all good,” Jones said. “We’re very blessed to have the kids we do right now because we feel like we have a solid quarterback, solid receivers, good tailbacks and an offensive line that’s playing well.”