Liberty Patriots defeat Sammamish Totems 54-7

September 16, 2011

By Christina Lords

Tynan Gilmore, Liberty High School junior wide receiver, rolls over senior safety/quarterback Austin Lee of Sammamish with a 59-yard pass reception in the end zone, for a 40-0 lead with 52 seconds left in the first half. By Greg Farrar

NEW — 10:40 p.m., Sept. 16, 2011

The Liberty High School Patriots rallied from a sluggish 0-2 start to the season in a big way Friday night, winning their first home game 54-7 against the Sammamish Totems.

It was also their first conference game of the season.

With 8:52 left on the clock in the first quarter, senior running back Hamilton Noel ran in an 8-yard touchdown on Liberty’s first possession.

Noel would go on to run in two more touchdowns for the Patriots and intercept a pass from Totem senior quarterback Austin Lee.

The score was 40-0 at the half.

Sammamish’s lone touchdown was a 76-yard run from Lee with 49.9 seconds remaining in the third quarter. Until that point, Liberty had only allowed the Totems one other first down on the night.

Liberty will continue league play next week in an away game at Mount Si.

In KingCo 4A action, the Issaquah Eagles dominated Ballard at Seattle Memorial Stadium 55-15. The Eagles have a 3-0 start on the season.

The Skyline Spartans (1-2) fell 56-16 to Lake Oswego, a nonleague team from Oregon, at Lake Oswego.

The Spartans will battle the Eagles at Gary Moore Stadium in Issaquah for next week’s matchup.

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