INDEPENDENCE — Two weeks into the high school football season, and the Liberty North Eagles are in business.
And they’re loving it.
“It’s great,” Liberty North coach Greg Jones said. “I’m not going to lie to you, being 2-0 is awesome for the kids, but for the old guy that’s been around long enough it’s ‘what is the record after 10 weeks?’ That’s what matters.”
The Eagles opened Suburban Red Division action with a dominating 49-3 road victory over Truman on Friday, Sept. 6, moving Liberty North to 2-0 on the season. It’s the first 2-0 start for the program since the 2014 season.
Liberty North (2-0, 1-0) collected 21 points in the first quarter to roll out to a comfortable lead, and the defense took care of the rest.
“We were just worried about playing well and executing,” Jones said. “We did the things that we needed to do, so hopefully no more injuries occur because the next two weeks on our schedule are pretty big weeks.”
Indeed. The Eagles next welcome in Park Hill (2-0) on Friday, Sept. 13, before traveling across town to Liberty (1-1) the following week.
“Defensively they’re big and fast,” Greg Jones said of the Trojans, who topped Liberty 21-10 on Friday, Sept. 6, in Liberty. “If we can eliminate the mistakes and not give up the big play, it’s going to be a heck of a ballgame.”
Senior quarterback Jake Van Dyne had a strong week 2, completing 10 of 13 passes for 183 yards and three touchdowns through the air. The three-year starter connected with six different pass catchers, with senior Luke Mathews leading the receivers with three catches for 58 yards.
“The kids just got into a rhythm, found out what they were doing and Jake started to make some good reads and got their coverage figured out,” Jones said. “We took what the defense gave us.”
Juniors Tyler Jenness, Davis Rockers and Kaidan Armstead all hauled in touchdown receptions. Senior Keshawn Turner led the ground game, totaling 78 yards and two touchdowns on eight carries. Senior Warren Bennett had 48 rushing yards on four touches.
Junior Connor Baxley led the Eagles’ defense with 14 tackles, one for a loss of yards.
The Liberty North defense was once again without senior Chase Jones due to injury. Greg Jones said that he hopes to have him and “a few other starters” back by Oct. 4, the homecoming game against Staley.