Central gets by Liberty
It may not look bright from the outside, but Liberty football coach Dave Brown is about as positive as someone can be with a team looking down the barrel of an 0-6 record as the second week of October approaches.
The Hurricanes fell on the road last week to Central Catholic 42-21 and the name of Colin McDermott stood out again for the Vikings.
McDermott rushed for 289 yards and four touchdowns as Central improved to 3-3 on the season, while Liberty keeps searching for their first win.
"It really was just a lot about what McDermott did," said Brown about Saturday's loss. "We knew he was going to get the ball most of the time for them and we needed to limit that. We had chances to come away with some turnovers, but we didn't do that either."
Brown noted that his team had an opportunity at three to four turnovers during the game and came away with none.
That's been the tale of the tape for Liberty all season, as they only have two defensive turnovers in their resume this season, the least amount that Brown has ever seen by a team he's been associated with in his coaching career up to this point of the season.
"It really is unbelievable knowing that we have so few turnovers," he said. "I've never seen anything like that. We've had our chances, but we just haven't made the plays.
"On the other hand, we knew this was going to be a tough year for us. We're young in a lot of spots, but these kids keep coming to work every Monday. That's why we need to keep things positive for them."
With Emmaus (4-2) on the agenda this Friday night for Liberty, Brown knows that the only pressure the Hurricanes feel at this point is what they put on themselves.
"We all feel pressure to win," he said. "We all want to win, but when we look back at the game film, we always see our kids out there doing good things. We just need to be consistent. Most of the pressure we feel is what we put on ourselves."
Bethlehem Catholic (1-5) couldn't ride the momentum wave of their first victory of the season 10 days ago by falling to Whitehall 55-14 last week. The Hawks trailed 48-7 at halftime against the Zephyrs and face an equally daunting task this week when they travel to Nazareth (4-2) on Friday.