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Westminster breezes by Liberty, 30-15


The Westminster Owls had a little too much of everything for Liberty last night.

Westminster scored touchdowns the first three times it had the ball and then held off the Lions for a 30-15 victory at Liberty.

The win kept alive the Owls' slim hopes for the Carroll County football championship. Westminster (2-6) needs to beat a strong South Carroll team Nov. 6 to take the county title.

Liberty (0-8) has lost 16 straight since winning its first two games last season.

The Owls had four strong offensive weapons -- quarterback Brad Gibson, split end Micah Shaffer, fullback Gabe Zepp and running back Steve Kahler -- who combined for four touchdowns and 300 yards total offense.

Zepp ran 22 yards and 5 yards for touchdowns, Gibson threw a a 55-yard touchdown pass and Kahler ran 60 yards for a score.

That was too much for Liberty quarterback Ross Yastrzemsky to overcome.

Yastrzemsky put on an outstanding running and passing show to keep his team in the game.

Yastrzemsky rushed for 86 yards, scored on a 6-yard touchdown pass and threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Doug Coppeler.

Owls coach Jeff Oeming said: "We have a little more speed than in the past, and we're using it. Teams used to expect us to come out and run the ball most of the time."

Oeming said Liberty knew where to go after the Owls.

"We're a little thin in some places as far as injuries go," said the Westminster coach. "And Liberty ran at those spots."

Liberty coach John Magee said: "We threw the ball a lot, too much in fact. And our defense missed some assignments on that first touchdown when Kahler ran 60 yards."

Westminster needed two offensive plays to score its first touchdown for a 6-0 lead with 8:28 left in the first quarter.

The Owls struck on a 60-yard run by Kahler, who broke to the outside at midfield and ran virtually untouched into the end zone.

Backup quarterback Jeff Ibex started for the Owls, but he played only the first series before being replaced by Gibson.

Gibson immediately went to work, guiding the visitors 68 yards in five plays for a touchdown. The scoring play came on a perfect 55-yard touchdown pass by Gibson to Shaffer on a fly pattern.

Gibson got lucky on a two-point conversion attempt, throwing a wobbly pass into the end zone into a crowd of defenders, and Zepp out-muscled everybody for the ball.

That gave Westminster a 14-0 lead with 4:29 left in the first quarter.

But Liberty came back behind Yastrzemsky, driving 82 yards in eight plays for a touchdown.

Coppeler added the two-point conversion on a pass to tight end Bob Bowman, reducing the lead to 14-8.

Westminster 14 8 0 8 -- 30

Liberty .. ..8 0 0 7 -- 15

-- Kahler run 60 (kick failed)

W -- Shaffer 55 pass from Gibson (Zepp pass from Gibson)

L -- Coppeler 3 pass from Yastrzemsky (Bowman pass from Coppeler)

W -- Zepp run 22 (Zepp pass from Orvis)

L -- Yastrzemsky run 6 (Cross kick)

W -- Zepp run 5 (Shaffer pass from Gibson)

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