Undefeated Eagles capture Suburban Red football title

Liberty North senior Luke Mathews runs past a Park Hill South defender in the Eagles’ 56-35 victory on Friday, Oct. 25, at the Crossley Family Activity Center.

LIBERTY — The Liberty North Eagles completed a perfect regular season in style.

The Eagles dialed up eight touchdowns and 621 yards of total offense on their way to a 56-35 victory over Park Hill South on senior night Friday, Oct. 25, at the Crossley Family Activity Complex.

With the win, Liberty North finished the regular season with a perfect 9-0 record and captured an outright Suburban Red championship. It’s the program’s second conference title and the first under head coach Greg Jones.

“It was great,” Jones said. “It’s a great feeling for our kids and the student body. Now we’re on to bigger and better goals and we’re not able to look back because if we do then our first loss is the one that’ll end our season.”

The Eagles also unlocked the top seed in a tough Class 6 District 4 tournament. Liberty North opens at home with No. 8 Lee’s Summit West (4-5) at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 1. The Titans enter the contest on a four-game losing skid.

“In the district we’re in, we have to be ready to rock and roll,” Jones said. “We have to play a team that went from being the No. 4 seed to the No. 8 seed in one night. We have to be ready to go because in our district anybody can beat anybody on any given night.”

The Eagles, meanwhile, are averaging 33 points per game and are holding their opponents to just under 12 points per contest headed into the postseason.

Against Park Hill South (4-5), Liberty North senior quarterback Jake Van Dyne threw for three touchdowns and running backs Keshawn Turner and Zac Willingham-Davis rushed for three and two scores, respectively.

Van Dyne completed 17 of 24 passes for 240 yards while throwing two interceptions. The senior cashed in on touchdown passes of 26 yards to senior Warren Bennett III, 45 yards to Luke Mathews and 81 yards to Tyler Jenness.

Defensively, seniors Austin Stephenson and Austen Hoss led the way with 10 tackles apiece. Junior Nick Boggard added nine tackles and senior Alex Miller had eight.

Both Turner and Willingham-Davis averaged double-digit yards per carry, as Turner, a senior, rushed for 214 yards on 16 carries and Willingham-Davis, junior, ran for 120 on 12 attempts.

“We clicked pretty well,” Jones said. “We ran the ball well, we threw the ball well and our offensive line played really well.”

The Eagles recognized a senior class of 26 players.

“It’s one of those bittersweet things,” Jones said. “Just the leadership this class has had and just buying into what we’ve been preaching. For them to be able to do that, it’s been great for everyone.”

Sports Editor Adam Burns can be reached at adam.burns@mycouriertribune.com or 389-6643.

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