GLEN DANIEL — Class AA, No. 4-ranked Liberty (Raleigh) used a trio of turnovers and a pair of safeties to push past Scott High and secure a 31-14 win.
“It was a struggle to try and get points on the board and put puzzle pieces to make our offense click,” said Scott Coach Shane Griffith. “Our kids played really hard and we thought we matched up well with them. We were down 8-6 going into the fourth period and we had that safety late that kind of shifted some momentum.”
Liberty (6-0) had to take advantage of opportunities late to put the Skyhawks away.
Scott scored in the second quarter thanks to a 30-yard touchdown catch by Jeff McCoy from quarterback Matt Frye.
The Raider defense eventually took control of the game — particularly in the final frame — providing opportunities for their offense.
Scott (1-4) looked to have recovered an onside kick in the fourth, but officials said the Skyhawks touched the ball before it went 10 yards, setting up a short field and a score for the Raiders.
With 9:34 remaining in the fourth quarter and the Skyhawks inside their own 5-yard line, Braden Howell tackled the Scott ball carrier in the end zone for a second Raider safety.
Then on the very next Raider series, quarterback Isaac Atkins threw to Howell, who scored on a 26-yard touchdown reception to push the Raiders to a 17-6 lead. Atkins and Simms each tacked on scores late for the Raiders and Scott’s Klay Matthews, who started the game at tailback in lieu of quarterback, scored on a 6-yard dive play to cap off the game’s scoring.
Liberty 31, Scott Skyhawks 14
SCOTT SKYHAWKS 0 6 0 8 — 14
LIBERTY (RALEIGH) 6 2 0 23 — 31
L: Simms 4 rush (PAT fails), 8:59
L: Safety, 7:11
S: McCoy 30-yard pass from Frye
L: Howell tackles ball carrier for a loss, safety, 9:34
L: Howell 26-yard pass from Atkins (PAT Dodrill), 8:45
L: Simms 25 rush (PAT Dodrill), 5:13
L: Atkins 9 rush (PAT Dodrill), 3:19
S: Matthews 6 rush (Matthews), 31-14