Eastside Catholic douses Patriots, 62-9
September 10, 2013
By Christina Corrales-Toy
As the clocked ticked to zero, and the scoreboard showed an ugly 62-9 loss for the home team, something beautiful was going on in the stands at Liberty High School on Sept. 6.
Despite just witnessing their beloved Patriots sustain a blowout at the hands of a talented Eastside Catholic squad, the still-full Liberty student section cheered louder than ever as the team approached the stands to thank their fans after the game.
“We’ve got some great fans,” Liberty tight end Lorin Archibald said after the loss.
Patriot Pride was on full display in the home stands for the season opener against the Crusaders, who lost to Bellevue in the 3A state championship game last year.
Liberty students stayed even after the Crusaders put 21 points on the board in the first quarter alone. They continued to cheer as the Patriots went into halftime, down 49-6. It was not the start they hoped to see from their team, but they showed their support nonetheless.
Liberty sophomore Nate Solly earned the start at quarterback, throwing for more than 100 yards against a dominant Eastside Catholic defense.
That included a 16-yard touchdown pass to Archibald in the second quarter. It was Liberty’s lone touchdown of the game, but Archibald said the fade route to the end zone was just as they had practiced during the preseason.
“Since we were close to the end zone, I knew it was going to be my ball, so I just took my splits and went for it,” he said. “I was pretty pumped and I give props to my quarterback.”
Archibald, Liberty’s star baseball player, is in just his second season playing football. He had three catches for 35 yards against the Crusaders.
“Playing football helps a lot with baseball,” he said. “It gives you that drive and intensity.”
Liberty missed the ensuing point after attempt, but would go on to add a 28-yard field goal by kicker Tim Johnson in the fourth quarter. The nine points was all that the Liberty offense could muster.
Patriots coach Steve Valach said he was proud of his sophomore quarterback’s performance in the face of adversity, though.
“He made some good throws, he avoided pressure, we rolled him out,” he said. “I thought he was very composed his first time. You never saw a botched snap or fumbled exchange.”
Running back Russell Boston was held to just 36-yards rushing against the Crusaders, but Valach said the junior ran hard throughout the game.
“He always does,” he said. “There’s not a carry that you’re not going to get 100 percent from Russell Boston.”
On defense, there was no stopping the Eastside Catholic offense, but Collin Ross led the Patriots with 7 1/2 tackles.
Liberty’s motto going into the season was “Fight,” and Valach said his team did just that.
“You don’t ever have a better opportunity than when you’re down by a lot, there’s really no chance to win, but you still continue to fight, and I think they did that,” he said.
Liberty vs. Hazen
- 7 p.m. Sept. 13
- Renton Memorial Stadium