Despite starting a new quarterback and 18 juniors, UA shook off consecutive lopsided losses with its best all-around performance of the season
Despite starting a new quarterback and 18 juniors, UA shook off consecutive lopsided losses with its best all-around performance of the season against Thomas Worthington on Sept. 14. That, however, came against a Cardinals team that consistently has hurt itself in the red zone. Kyle Kaparos showed poise in his first career start but has room for improvement. Gus Ackley has game-breaking speed, but the offensive line has been a bit shaky.
Liberty has won by the run and pass. The Patriots racked up 312 yards through the air against Lake on Sept. 7 and rushed for 250 against Central Crossing on Sept. 14. Joey Longhino has passed for 1,130 yards through four games and has a plethora of weapons, and Grant Cartwright -- a Football Bowl Subdivision recruit -- leads the defense. Liberty has allowed an average of 27.8 points per game, but 41 of the 111 points they've given up have come in two quarters.
•LAST WEEK: UA exploded for 28 points in a span of 7 minutes, 16 seconds in the first and second quarters to rout Thomas. Ackley's 95-yard touchdown run set a school record for longest run from scrimmage, and the Bears forced five turnovers, including two interception returns for touchdowns by Jack Mueller and Sam Wheeler.
Liberty led Central Crossing 42-0 by the middle of the second quarter. Daryian Davies rushed for 120 yards, including a 21-yard touchdown, and caught a 5-yard score from Longhino, who ran for three touchdowns (3, 1 and 13 yards) and passed for two more. Liberty actually was outgained 424-412, largely because of Central Crossing's 20-point fourth quarter.