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How a 6-year-old football team became a championship contender

It was a mere six years ago that I stood on this field for the last time as a Liberty High School football player. Under generator lights used in traffic construction, and with our fans cheering from bleachers resting atop a hill of dirt and grass, we gave it our all, spurred on not by the pride of being a big school, or even an established one.

We competed because of our community and our coaches, and what they all meant to us.

Clearly, things have changed here. A full set of stands now occupies the spot where our infamous dirt hill once was, where fans sometimes preferred lawn chairs and blankets to bleacher seating. Stadium lights now shine brightly into the night, illuminating the field far better than the patchy lighting of years past. And unlike our team, the first squad made up of full four-year Liberty seniors in 2006, the 2012 team is on the verge of a division championship.

But through the first 10 years of this school’s existence, one thing certainly hasn’t changed in Liberty football — a dedication to community support and student success, both on and off the field...


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