Hillsboro — As a product of most rivalries, this game was a high scoring affair early, but as the game settled in the better team showed themselves repeatedly, and it reflects the final score of this one.
Scoring came in bunches in the opening quarter, as Liberty set the tone with Hiro Diamond’s rushing touchdown and the Falcons took an 8-0 lead early. Less than 30 seconds later, Century hit back with a touchdown and trailed 8-6 after a failed two point conversion. On the next possession, facing a third and long, Diamond connected with Marquis Brown on a touchdown pass, making it 15-6 Liberty with 7:37 remaining in the opening quarter.
Century was stuffed on their next possession, but decided to go for it on a 4th and 1 at their own 23 yard line. The QB sneak was stuffed by the Falcons, who took over 23 yards from the end zone. After Anthony Giannetti set them up next to the goal line, Diamond drilled it in for his second touchdown of the night, making it 23-6 in the first quarter.
With the first quarter wrapped up, Century started a new quarter with a short touchdown pass to Tasia Dawson, cutting the lead to 23-13 Liberty. The Falcons took the ensuing kickoff deep into Century territory, and after two 15 yard penalties on the Jaguars, Jaison Ochoa took it in to extend the lead to 29-13, which would stand to the half.
Liberty and Century milked over half of the third quarter with punts and a turnover on downs, Anthony Ha kept Century in it with a touchdown rush, cutting it to 29-21 after the two point conversion succeeded. Nearing the end of third, Liberty had their back to the wall at their own goal line but pressure from a blitz forced a bad throw that was intercepted by Logan Lamb, flipping the momentum to Liberty.
After both teams squandered their possessions to start the fourth, Jaison Ochoa broke loose for a 73 yard touchdown run down the left sideline to make it a 35-21 game. In a late drive, Anthony Giannetti shattered some ankles on his way to a score, nailing a 42-21 victory in favor of Liberty.
Quarterback Hiro Diamond and clutch defender Logan Lamb discussed the win and what’s next for Liberty…
Diamond on recovering from last week’s game, “We knew we just had to flush it, learn opportunity for us, and do what had to be done tonight.” On the defensive turnaround, “The coaches are always emphasizing that we need to flush the past, we use it to learn from mistakes and move on, thats exactly what we did.”
Lamb on the offensive performance, “Compared to the last two weeks, we were more locked in together and we harder practices this week to follow up and at game time we had it all down.” On prepping for Sherwood, “Have a hard week of practice, never give up, and just keep fighting.”