Liberty football team falls to Interlake
November 1, 2011
The Liberty High School football team’s hopes of landing a Class 3A state playoff berth ended Oct. 21 when the Patriots lost to the visiting Interlake Saints 33-28.
Liberty, whose playoff hopes became slim after a loss to Mercer Island the previous week, needed a victory. However, Interlake also needed a win to keep its Class 2A playoff hopes alive. The Saints compete against other 2A teams from the Seamount League for a playoff spot. Each Saints’ win against a bigger school counts as two wins in 2A. Thus, Interlake took a big step toward the state playoffs.
Liberty, 3-3 in KingCo and 3-5 overall, fell behind 7-0 in the first quarter. The Patriots fought back to lead 14-7 on touchdown by Tei Staladi and Jordan West. Interlake quarterback Kamana Adriano tossed a touchdown pass to send the teams into the lockerrooms tied 14-14 at halftime.
Interlake’s Jordan Todd put the Saint ahead to stay when he returned the second-half kickoff 82 yards for a touchdown. Adriano connected on a second touchdown pass later in the quarter.
The Patriots closed to 27-21 in the fourth quarter when Connor Hudson caught a 4-yard touchdown pass from West. However, Interlake wrapped up the game when Todd bolted 79 yards for a touchdown. Todd finished the game with 241 yards rushing on 22 carries.
Liberty’s final score came on a 4-yard run by West.