Football: Long time coming for unbeaten Lions, who whip Williamsport
By Joe Schiller
For the Carroll County Times|
Sep 13, 2018 | 10:00 PM
Nate Kent stood tall during the first quarter and was rocked by a Williamsport defender.
The hit drew a 15-yard roughing-the-passer penalty. But seconds before the collision, Kent unleashed a 31-yard touchdown strike to the outstretched arms of Chris Darminio.
The score fueled the Lions as they rolled to a 38-20 victory over Williamsport on Thursday and moved to 3-0 for the first time in 18 years.
Liberty’s 17-0 win last Saturday over Walkersville snapped its opponent’s 24-game regular season winning streak. It was the Lions’ first win over their 2A West rival since 2005, and they found similar success Thursday.
Kent finished 12 of 21 for 218 passing yards (unofficial) and three touchdowns. He also added 77 yards on the ground.
Darminio picked off Ball across the middle of the field during the following possession and was rewarded on the other side of the ball by Kent with a 54-yard touchdown reception.
Sean Disbrow added a 33-yard field goal to extend Liberty’s lead to 38-14.
Williamsport’s attempt to gain any momentum was shut down by the Lions’ defense. They sufficed for just six points in the second half.
Senior running back Nick Henderson handled the bulk of the rushing production, finishing with 74 yards on 16 carries.
Thursday’s game was moved up one day due to impending weather conditions. A sloppy start to the month of September washed out a number of high school football games across the state, leading to postponements, rescheduled games, and cancellations.