Mercer Island Islanders drop Liberty Patriots to No. 4

October 18, 2011

By Staff

The Liberty High School football team fell out of a tie for second place in the KingCo Conference 3A/2A standings and possibly saw its state playoffs end Oct. 14 when the Patriots fell to visiting Mercer Island, 32-10.

Liberty entered the contest tied with Mercer Island and Mount Si for second place. With the loss the Patriots, 3-2 in the league, dropped to fourth place in the standings. Mercer Island and Mount Si, which defeated Juanita, 28-21, Oct. 14, remained tied for second place with 4-1 records. Top-ranked Bellevue, 5-0, stayed in first place.

The top three teams in the league advance to the preliminary round of the state playoffs next month.

The Patriots knew they would have to play almost a perfect game to defeat 10th-ranked Mercer Island, which is having one of its best seasons in several years. Liberty also hoped to contain Islander star quarterback Jeff Lindquist.

However, Lindquist, a future University of Washington player, passed for 303 yards and four touchdowns. Alex Wood also kicked two field goals, including a 51-yarder, for Mercer Island. The Islanders snapped a seven-game losing streak to Liberty, which last lost to the Islanders in 2003.

Liberty got on the scoreboard first when Josh Johnson booted a 32-yard field goal in the first quarter.

In the second quarter, Mercer Island’s Cameron Ogard intercepted a Liberty pass to set up an Islanders’ scoring drive. With 5:35 left in the quarter, Lindquist connected with Phil Frazier on a 46-yard touchdown pass to put the Islanders ahead for good. Mercer Island added a second score with 12.1 seconds before halftime when Lindquist tossed a 11-yard touchdown pass to Brent Tsang.

In the third quarter, Lindquist connected on two touchdown passes, a 52-yarder to Nicky Sinclair and a 22-yarder to Connor Bernal. Wood also kicked a 24-yard field goal as Mercer Island went up 29-3.

After Wood boomed his 51-yard field goal, Liberty put together a scoring drive that ended with quarterback Jordan West hitting Josh Gordon on a 68-yard touchdown pass.

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