After Caruthers scored on its first drive of the game, the Hawks faced a fourth-and-three from the Blue Raiders 47. Wade Wallace got the ball off right tackle, bounced it outside and sprinted down the right sideline for a 47-yard touchdown run, the first of three 35-plus yard touchdowns Wallace would get on the night and the Hawks didn’t let up the rest of the night.
Leading 14-3, Liberty had a third-and-five from Caruthers’ 45-yard line. Quarterback Zach Richey threw a ball down the middle of the field. Logan Pierce jumped for the ball with a defender on his back. Pierce came down with the ball for a 37-yard gain and a first down at the 18-yard line. Three plays later, Richie Brandt would score for a 21-3 Liberty lead.
Drive of the game
The Liberty defense, after getting gouged for 70 yards and a field goal on Caruthers’ first possession, held the Blue Raiders to a three-and-out on its next possession. After a Liberty punt, the defense forced another three-and-out. Caruthers went for it on fourth down and Trevor Herron broke up a pass for the incompletion.
On the next play, quarterback Zach Richey threw into the end zone for Travis Jordan. The ball was perfectly placed over Jordan’s outside shoulder. Jordan, two steps ahead of the defender, hauled in the pass for his school and career record-extending 11th touchdown catch of the season for a 14-3 lead early in the second quarter...