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Football: Quick start fuels Lions in romp over South Carroll

From left, Liberty defensive lineman Tanner Parrott, linebacker Kevin Lynch and linebacker McClain Butler celebrate a sack against St. Paul's in the first half of a high school football game.
From left, Liberty defensive lineman Tanner Parrott, linebacker Kevin Lynch and linebacker McClain Butler celebrate a sack against St. Paul's in the first half of a high school football game. (Steve Ruark / Carroll County Times)

WINFIELD — Liberty wasted no time scoring Friday night at Parker Field against host South Carroll, and racked up three quick touchdowns on its way to a dominant 42-0 win.

South Carroll fumbled the opening kickoff and just two plays later Noah Rohrer took a handoff off the right side for a 14-yard score. It was just the beginning of Liberty's first-quarter onslaught.

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The Lions (5-1, 2-0 county) scored on each of their first five drives, three of which came in the first eight minutes of the game. The Cavaliers (1-5, 0-2) couldn't stop Nolan Karfonta and the rest of the Lions' offense. The senior quarterback connected with Michael Spitz for a 39-yard touchdown and later took a read-option keeper 25 yards to put the Lions ahead 21-0 with 4 minutes remaining in the opening quarter.

"We got lucky when they mishandled the opening kick and all of a sudden momentum was on our side and when momentum is on your side your confidence goes up and you play a little faster," Liberty coach Larry Luthe said. "And when you play faster you start to make some big plays … we had confidence so it was easy to play fast tonight and once you get some confidence everything goes in a good direction for you."

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But it wasn't just the offense that showed up for Liberty in its fourth consecutive win. The defense swarmed the Cavs' offense and controlled the line of scrimmage from the onset. The Lions racked up three of their four sacks in the first half and gave South Carroll little margin for error.

Mason Garvin led South Carroll with 35 rushing yards, but there wasn't much else to be had from the home team's offense. The Cavs were held to 67 yards of total offense as Liberty kept the pressure constant throughout the game.

Senior Noah Rohrer finished with three touchdowns on the night, all on the ground as the all-purpose back kept the pace Liberty. Rohrer also hauled in two catches for 44 yards, returned a punt for 31 yards, and took the third quarter opening kick 65 yards into South Carroll territory.

"Noah's freshman year we brought him up to varsity so this is his fourth year … and he felt like he had something to prove tonight, that he is one of the top players in the county," Luthe said. "And Brad Schwartz our offensive coordinator did a nice job finding ways for Noah to get the ball in space tonight … and he did some nice things with it."

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Karfonta finished with 102 passing yards on just 10 attempts with two touchdowns as Liberty amassed an insurmountable lead by the end of the first half. The senior quarterback and the Lions will host Westminster — undefeated in county play thus far — next week for their homecoming game.

"They've got some playmakers over there so to keep this going we have to find ways to stop them from making plays and find ways to make sure we get our playmakers opportunities to get plays," Luthe said. "It should be a great game next Friday night."

Liberty 21 14 7 0 — 42

South Carroll 0 0 0 0 — 0

SCORING SUMMARY

L-Noah Rohrer 14 run (Sean Disbrow kick)

L-Michael Spitz 39 pass from Nolan Karfonta (Disbrow kick)

L-Karfonta 25 run (Disbrow kick)

L-Rohrer 15 run (Disbrow kick)

L-Kevin Lynch 2 pass from Karfonta (Disbrow kick)

L-Rohrer 12 run (Disbrow kick)



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