Liberty breezes past St. Joseph Central

Liberty quarterback Jackson Corf tries to shake a tackler during the Blue Jays’ victory at St. Joseph Central on Friday, Oct. 18.

ST. JOSEPH — The Liberty Blue Jays tallied 28 points in the second quarter on their way to a 49-7 conference victory on Friday, Oct. 18, at Noyes Field.

With the win, Liberty (4-4, 3-4 Suburban Red) started a two-game win streak that follows a stretch of three consecutive losses.

“We were happy that we got some things rolling,” Blue Jays coach Chad Frigon said. “We had a couple of turnovers, but other than that, I was happy with how things went.”

As it stands through eight weeks, the Blue Jays currently sit as the eighth seed in a strong Class 6 District 4. They share the same record with three Lee’s Summit teams — West, North and LSHS — in order of standing.

The Blue Jays put a wrap on the regular season with a road contest at Staley at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25.

Sophomore running back Wentric Williams III starred against the Indians, racking up 126 yards and four touchdowns on 18 carries. All of his scores came in the first half, coming on runs of 1, 35, 32 and 3 yards.

“He just keeps getting better each week,” Frigon said of Williams.

Three of Williams’ TDs came in the four-touchdown second quarter for a Blue Jays’ 35-0 halftime lead.

The defense got in on the scoring, as Ryan Olivas registered a pick-6 midway through the second quarter. It was one of two interceptions for Olivas.

“I saw the tip go up and I was going to get the ball and then I saw that no one was in front of me,” said Olivas, a senior. “All the work that I put in this summer is showing now.”

“He’s an emotional player and has a lot of energy,” Frigon said of Olivas.

Central (0-8) managed to get on the board with 5:16 left to play in the game to trail Liberty 49-7. However, the Blue Jays’ defense held strong until the end.

Frigon said there’s still improvement to be made.

“We have to not make turnovers. We made those two tonight in the second quarter. We know we can’t do that,” Frigon said. “So we move into a game next week with Staley and then districts. We know we have to clean that part of our game up.”

Jackson White also recorded an interception for the Blue Jays.

Liberty quarterback Jackson Corf was 8 of 17 passing for 137 yards with one interception. Luke Smith completed 2 of his 6 pass attempts for 34 yards, while Kyle Griffith was 2-for-2 for 28 yards.

Blake Fordyce led the receiving corps with seven catches for 133 yards.

John Harris contributed 53 rushing yards on 11 carries. AJ Moretina had five carries for 44 yards, and Logan Williams finished with three carries for 24 yards.

NPG Newspaper’s Micaela Dea contributed to this report.

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