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Inside the Game

September 28, 2016

Liberty Hawks 49, Corcoran Panthers 12

 

Player of the game: Last week, Wyatt Johnson went up to haul in a 43-yard pass reception to help the Hawks to a blowout win. He doubled that total in Friday’s win over Corcoran with a reception and an interception. He set up his defense by stepping in front of a receiver for an interception. He then caught a ball over a defender and then finished the run in the end zone for a touchdown. He also had four tackles and returned a kick 13 yards.

Unsung hero of the game: After some missteps in the first three games of the season, Liberty kicker Michael Hammon might be finding his groove. He was 7-for-7 on point afters against Corcoran on Friday. He was also hit nine the week before. He also had eight kickoffs, including one in the end zone. He hung his kickoffs high enough for his return team to get downfield. Corcoran averaged just eight yards a kick return in six attempts.


Play of the game: Late in the second quarter, the Hawks had total controlof the game and were content to go into the half leading 35-0. However, Christian Baker forced a fumble and Javier Lopez fell on it for a recovery at the Corcoran 28-yard line. Three plays later, Christian Baker found the end zone from 15 yards out for a 42-0 lead 15 seconds before the end of the first half.


Drive of the game: After turning the ball on downs, scoring a touchdown and punting on its first three drives, the Hawks scored six touchdowns in six straight drives. So, the first touchdown in the run would be the drive of the game, also because it was the longest in yards and plays. After Corcoran drove to the Liberty 26-yard line, Greyson Hoelzel intercepted a fourth down pass at Liberty’s 11. The Hawks went to work getting three plays of more than 20 yards. Wyatt Roth started the drive with a 21-yard run to the 32-yard line. After a Baker nine-yard run, Kaleb Roth gained 32 yards to the Corccoran 27-yard line. Wyatt Roth then carried the ball down to the two-yard line with a 21-yard run. Despite two penalties against the Hawks, Kaleb Roth closed the drive with a seven-yard touchdown run for a 14-0 lead.

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