Scarborough pointing Liberty in right direction


There is a new football hero in Carroll County and he resides at a rather unlikely address: 5855 Bartholow Road, Liberty High School.

His name is Brandon Scarborough and he's running wild in the Liberty wing-T offense that is putting points on the scoreboard in amazing fashion.

Scarborough and the Lions are turning heads every week with their offensive fireworks that have produced 128 points in the past three games.

Scarborough, a junior left halfback, has racked up a team-leading 730 yards rushing and four touchdowns in eight games and has caught one touchdown pass.

Friday night at Liberty, the elusive Lions' back turned his game up a notch against a big and strong Westminster team.

Scarborough scampered through the Owls for a career-high 130 yards on 25 carries and scored a two-point conversion, giving Liberty a surprising 32-30 lead at halftime.

Although Westminster rallied in the second half to clip the Lions, 42-38, it took nothing away from Scarborough's performance for a team that already has won more games this season than it did in the two previous years.

Earlier in the season, no one got too excited when Liberty (3-5) beat a so-so Glenelg team and a weak Spalding team for a 2-1 start.

But that changed two weeks ago when second-year coach Ken Johnson took the Lions to Frederick High School and scored 46 points in a 56-46 loss to a squad that had beaten Calvert Hall.

In that setback, it was obvious that sophomore Liberty quarterback Ryan Pagels, Scarborough and their young teammates had mastered the complicated wing T misdirection offense.

Then came a 44-6 rout of Class 3A Einstein Oct. 21 and it was time to take this team seriously. Scarborough scored three touchdowns and had 100 yards rushing in that game.

Westminster was next, and the Owls saw all of Scarborough and Liberty they want to for a while.

It was the 18th straight game over two seasons that Scarborough played on almost every snap, a fact that hasn't gone unnoticed by Johnson.

"His ability to run for a lot of tough yards is obvious," said Johnson. "But one of the big things about Brandon is that he is so durable for a high school back. He's just out there every game and doing everything for us. He's even become one of our leaders this season."

Johnson said he isn't purposely calling Scarborough's number a lot in his wing-T offense that also includes junior Bill Shaffer at fullback, senior Eric Cook at right halfback and Pagels.

"The left halfback just gets the ball more in this offense," said Johnson. "Brandon is sneaky. He is the kind of back who carries the ball 12 to 15 times every game for 100 yards no matter how good the opposition is."

And there is more.

"Brandon isn't hard to motivate," said Johnson. "He competes with himself and that is good."

Early in the season opposing defenses concentrated on Scarborough, but the emergence of Shaffer, who has scored nine touchdowns since replacing an injured Terry Rheubottom at fullback, has opened things up for Scarborough.

"We're blessed to have kids like Billy Shaffer coming on strong," said Johnson. "He's playing so well that Rheubottom hasn't been able to knock him out of the lineup since getting healthy again."

Now, all the Lions need is a little defense, and the Scarboroughs and Shaffers could be celebrating more wins.

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