Football: Lions reach 6-0 after rolling over South Carroll
By Joe Schiller
For the Carroll County Times|
Oct 05, 2018 | 9:40 PM
The atmosphere was palpable Friday night.
A large crowd flocked to Liberty High School to celebrate Homecoming weekend, and the success of the Lions’ varsity football team, which came into its rivalry game with South Carroll off the best start in program history.
Liberty gave the fans plenty to cheer about — the Lions used a big first half behind three touchdown passes from junior quarterback Nathan Kent and rolled to a 35-0 win over the Cavaliers.
The Lions (6-0, 2-0 in the county) enjoyed their third shutout of the season, and second in three weeks.
The offense started out slow with a three-and-out but got on track following a Michael Spitz interception.
His pick set Liberty up inside of the Cavaliers’ 40-yard line, and three plays later Kent found Chris Darminio for a 26-yard touchdown.
The two connected for touchdowns on back-to-back drives, and a pair of extra points from Sean Disbrow helped give Liberty an early 14-0 lead.
On the ensuing drive, junior linebacker McClain Butler anticipated a pass from Mason Gavin and made the Cavaliers pay. He took the interception — Liberty’s second of the game — 32 yards for the touchdown, extending the lead.
The Lions made use of a muffed kickoff return from SC and Spitz’s early defensive efforts were rewarded.
His touchdown reception, followed by a two-yard rushing score from Nicholas Henderson, gave the Lions a 35-0 halftime lead and forced a running clock to begin the third quarter.
Kent finished 10-for-14, with 170 passing yards (unofficial) and three touchdowns in the half, providing the bulk of Liberty's offensive production.
South Carroll (3-3, 1-1) saw its best scoring chance come early in the second quarter after recovering a muffed punt.
Gavin engineered a 10-play drive to put the Cavs’ within striking distance of the end zone, but it ended with a turnover on downs.
Both teams entered Friday’s matchup following thrilling victories from Week 5. Liberty pulled out a 36-33 win on the road against South Hagerstown. The Lions erased a 20-0 deficit and a last-minute touchdown pass from Kent secured the Lions’ win following a successful onside kick.
South Carroll escaped Parker Field last weekend with a 28-26 victory against Winters Mill, earning its first county victory of the season. Gavin found Brett Finzel for a touchdown pass with 20 seconds left to play.