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Inside the Game: Liberty Hawks 48, Sierra Chieftains 21

October 20, 2016

Players of the game: The Roth brothers helped the Liberty offense gain more than 500 yards on offense for the second time in school history. Older brother Kaleb led the Hawks with 142 yards rushing and also led the team with 12 tackles. He also scored his sixth rushing touchdown of the season and had his longest run of the season, a 68-yard run to set up the game’s first touchdown. Younger brother Wyatt rushed for 102 yards to give the Hawks a trio of 100-plus yard rushers. He scored a touchdown on the ground and also caught two passes, one for a touchdown.


Unsung heroes of the game: Although they don’t get much press because they they play on the line, without them, the Hawks couldn’t have won their fourth straight game. Javier Lopez led the defensive linemen with nine tackles, includng three solo tackles. He had the team’s lone sack and two tackles for losses. Next to him on the defensive line is Nick Hayes and he recorded nine tackles including 1.5 tackles for losses.


Play of the game: On the second offensive play of the game, Kaleb Roth took the hand-off and went through an open hole outside the left tackle. Running behind Corey Hiatt and Ethan Clark, Roth broke through the defense and rushed for a season-long 68-yards to the eight yard line. Three plays later, Wyatt Roth scored the game’s first touchdown just 1:21 into the game.


Drive of the game: After Liberty’s first punt of the game, in the third quarter, the Hawks’ defense forced a three-and-out and Liberty began a drive at the Sierra 49. On the first play, Wyatt Roth scored around the left end, but the play was called back by a penalty. Then, Greyson Hoelzel drew a defensive pass interference penalty. Kaleb Roth ran for a 17-yard gain, but a penalty nullified the run. Then, the Hawks began to drive. Christian Baker rushed for seven yards, followed by a six-yard run fro Tahner Green. Kaleb Roth got the first down on third-and-two. Markie Brandt kept the ball for a seven-yard gain to the 18-yard line. Brandt gained another 16 to the two yard line and Roth finished the drive with a two-yard run for a touchdown. Michael Hamman’s extra point gave the Hawks a 34-14 lead with 30 seconds left in the third quarter.

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