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August 25, 2013
The rebuilt Liberty Patriots stepped up their scheduling this year but started off with a thumping as Salpoint Catholic rolled to a dominating victory racking up five scores through the air.
For the Lancers, a trip to the Sollenberger Classic was huge and they came to play out of the gate. Featuring one of the best wide receivers on the west coast, the Lancers took advantage of Liberty's blown coverages as Andy Cota was hot through the air tossing four first quarter touchdowns.
Three star Arizona returnee Kaelin Deboskie opened the scoring with a 75 yard score as he sprinted into open field on the second play from scrimmage in the game.
Liberty would close in on the end zone on their opening drive as they moved down to the 8 yard line but a blocked field goal kept them off the scoreboard.
By the end of the first, Cota would add two more tosses for score to Deboskie as SC sprinted out to a 28-0 lead heading into the second quarter.
The scoring would slow down a bit but Cota wasn't finished adding a sneak for a score before hitting Denson for another toss as they sprinted out to a 42-0 lead by the half.
Things would quiet down in the third quarter as Liberty would find a way to control the clock but they still struggled completing drives.
Liberty would get into the end zone on a Brenan Adams fourth quarter score but it was too little, too late as SC would close with two Alex Flores field goals as the dominated to a 48-7 victory.
For Cota, it was a huge way to open the season as he accounted for 6 scores on the night while logging 337 total yards.
For the Patriots, it was a tough opening following with a young team that has no recall of the prior era that the program rose above to become one of the best programs in the state. Despite a strong front line, the Patriots running backs never seemed to find a rhythm and the team's passing attack took center stage despite not having enough fire power to carry the team.
With a very tough stretch over the next three weeks, the Patriots will have to get back to the drawing board to rebound quickly.
The Gaels struggle in game one
Liberty wasn't alone as the Gorman Gaels also struggled heavily in game one falling 28-21. Entering the season with question marks as far as edge speed, the question looms even larger going into week two.
Defensively, Gorman proved to be very undisciplined blowing contain, taking bad angles and showing poor tackling that allowed Mountain Point to control the game from the first snap.
Offensively, the Gaels skill positions looked very average overall with a lack of physicality in the run game and limited weapons in the passing game that could make it very tough to open things up for first year starter Randall Cunningham.
Servite (CA) will be looking to serve up revenge next week as the Gaels prepare to finish a grueling out-of-conference schedule that closes early October versus #1 ranked Booker T Washington (FL) who looked like world beaters to open the year versus Norcross (GA).