Liberty blanks Hazen 56-0

October 13, 2009

By Tim Pfarr

Jake Bainton, Liberty junior wide receiver, eludes the Hazen defense on the way to one of three first-quarter touchdowns Oct. 9, as the Patriots went on to a 56-0 shutout of the Highlanders. By Greg Farrar

Jake Bainton, Liberty junior wide receiver, eludes the Hazen defense on the way to one of three first-quarter touchdowns Oct. 9, as the Patriots went on to a 56-0 shutout of the Highlanders. By Greg Farrar

The Patriots have proven themselves once again. On Oct. 9, Liberty defeated cross-town rival Hazen 56-0.

The game started with a bang as Liberty senior wide receiver Marcell Bell returned Hazen’s opening kickoff more than 80 yards for a touchdown. From that point on, there was little Hazen could do to keep up with Liberty.

“We just came out with intensity,” said Jake Bainton, Liberty junior wide receiver.

Thanks to Bell’s big kickoff return; a touchdown reception by Bainton; a touchdown run by senior running back Kyle Aherns; a touchdown run by sophomore running back Tei Staladi; and one rushing and one receiving touchdown by junior running back Chandler Jenkins, the Patriots were up 42-0 at halftime.In the third quarter, Jenkins ran for two more touchdowns.

Instead of taking credit for his scores, Jenkins pointed out that his team’s passing game was particularly strong that evening.

“I feel like we really opened up the passing game,” he said.

Bainton credited his own successful receiving plays to junior quarterback Trey Wheeler.

“I give all the credit to him,” he said. “He’s always putting the ball where it needs to be. It’s always right there where I can get it.”

Although 56-0 can safely be considered a blowout, Liberty head coach Steve Valach said the score is not reflective of the strength of Hazen’s football program.

“I’ve seen them on film. They are a program that’s going in the right direction,” Valach said. “They’ve got good coaches and they’ve got some good players, but we executed our game plan tonight.”

Liberty travels to Interlake Oct. 16 for a conference match and returns home to face Bellevue Oct. 23.

Tim Pfarr: 392-6434, ext. 239, or newcas@isspress.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.

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