After meeting in the playoffs three of the past four years, it is only natural that the Liberty Hawks’ path to their first Div. V football Valley Championship would go through the Corcoran Panthers tonight at Liberty with kickoff at 7 p.m.
The Hawks, who enter the Valley Championship game as the No. 1 seed, come off commanding victories over Lindsay (34-17) and Immanuel-Reedley (67-14). Meanwhile, sixth-seeded Corcoran upset No. 3 Shafter, 21-18 in the quarterfinals and advanced to the championship with a 24-0 victory over No. 7 Woodlake, who upset No. 2 Sierra, 21-14.
“I always say it’s hard to beat a team twice in one year,” Liberty head coach Mike Nolte said. “There’s a lot of factors that go into that. Familiarity and the thought you already beat them once. Them knowing it was close and having a chance to win can be a factor going into this week.”
The Hawks also know that their 13-10 victory over Corcoran in Week 3 came following their worst practice week of the season...