LIberty Indians Football enjoys success

On the afternoon of Saturday, Nov. 14, the Liberty Indians defeated the Dobbs Ferry Eagles of Section 1 by a score of 33-21 in a regional playoff game at Dietz Stadium in Kingston. Liberty advances to the semifinals of the state Class C tournament and will play against Section 2 Class C champion Greenwich at 11 a.m. Saturday November 21 at Dietz Stadium in Kingston. They are the only Section 9 team still alive in post season play! The Indians were down 14-12 at halftime but once again showed that they are a complete team making plays on defense, offense and special teams.

Senior Kevin Morgans scored the final touchdown on a 17 yard rush but also made outstanding plays on defense making 12 solo tackles, assisted on three others and blocking a punt. Senior corner Shane Black intercepted a late Dobbs Ferry pass deep in Liberty territory to stop the Eagles on their last drive. Black also caught a pass from Grant Harman in the third quarter. Harman threw for three TD’s going 11 for 20 for 163 yards, good enough for the honor of offensive player of the game. Sophomore running back Roy Penn-Cosentino scored a rushing touchdown in the third quarter. Liberty blocked two punts in the first half with both resulting in scores. After Morgan’s blocked punt Liberty scored when harman completed a pass to senior halfback Nicholas Engel. Just before the half ended, senior defensive end Tarik Johnson blocked a punt that led to a score when Harman connected with Raleigh Ranne on a screen on the next play.

On the afternoon of Saturday, Nov. 7, the Liberty Indians defeated the Millbrook Blazers by a score of 21-0 in the Section 9 Class C championship game at Dietz Stadium in Kingston. Liberty advances to intersectional play against Section 1 Class C champion Dobbs Ferry at 3 p.m. Saturday, November 15 at Dietz Stadium in Kingston. The Indians held the powerful Millbrook offense in check while putting their own points on the board. Millbrook’s only two losses this year came at the hands of the Indians. Liberty now stands at 10-0 and has outscored their last 6 opponents 268-0!

Although Liberty’s win was a team effort on both sides of the ball, several players had outstanding performances. Senior Kevin Morgans was named Offensive Player of the game rushing for 126 yards on 23 carries. Sophomore running back Roy Penn-Cosentino scored two rushing touchdowns while running back Raleigh Ranne also ran the ball into the end zone. Defense and special teams played an important part in the game. The Indians defense recovered three fumbles and had two interceptions. The Liberty kickoff return team was ready for Millbrook’s onside kick to start the second half. Joshwa Benjamin recovered the ball and ran it to the Millbrook 18 yard line.

On the afternoon of Saturday, Oct. 31, the Liberty Indians defeated the Bulldogs of Sullivan West by a score of 56-0 in a Section 9 Class C semifinal game. Liberty advances to the Section 9 Class C championship game against the Millbrook Blazers at Dietz Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 7 at 3 p.m. The Indians took a 42-0 lead into the locker room at halftime and coasted to the lopsided victory. Junior running back Raeleigh Ranne, scored four touchdowns with two coming on passes from quarterback Grant Harman. Liberty’s defense had four interceptions and allowed the Bulldogs only four first downs.

Liberty’s opponent in the championship game will be the Millbrook Blazers who beat Chester 48-44 surviving a late run by the Hambletonians. Liberty will have to contain Millbrook’s Delvin Wood and use their high-powered offense to again defeat the Blazers.

On Friday, Oct. 23, the Liberty Indians rolled over the Eldred Yellowjackets 57-0 at Eldred. Next up for Liberty is the Section 9 Class C semifinal playoff game on Saturday, Oct. 31. The game will be played at noon at Dietz Stadium in Kingston. As the number one seed liberty will take on the number four seed Sullivan West. Liberty easily defeated the Bulldogs
52-0 on Oct. 17 in Lake Huntington. Hopefully, Liberty will not need any ‘tricks’ to ‘treat’ Sullivan West to another defeat.

Liberty’s schedule is shown below with the away games in capitals.

Date Opponent Score
Sat 9/5 Millbrook 40-34
Sat 9/12 O’Neill 41-16
Sat 9/19 Roscoe 46-8
Sat 9/26 Tri-Valley 56-10
Fri 10/2 Chester 27-0
Sat 10/10 Fallsburg 55-0
Sat 10/17 Sullivan West 52-0
Fri 10/23 Eldred 57-0


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