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Freedom knocked off Liberty and now has to prep for the District 11 playoffs. Freedom knocked off Liberty and now has to prep for the District 11 playoffs.

Freedom captures Bethlehem City Championship

Sunday, October 30, 2016 by Scott Pagel spagel@tnonline.com in Sports

Turnovers can change the momentum of a football game in just seconds, and there was perhaps no better example than Saturday’s Freedom-Liberty contest.

After a Freedom fumbled punt set the Hurricanes up on the Pates 1-yard line, it looked like the Hurricanes were going to capitalize on a costly mistake. But just few moments later, it was Freedom’s Jamal Williamson returning an interception 98 yards for a Patriot 7-0 lead and eventually a 34-0 victory that gave the Patriots the Bethlehem City Championship.

With the score still 7-0 in favor of Freedom, the Pates would take advantage of another turnover as Cyrus Thompson ran for a 23-yard TD to put his team up 14-0.

Williamson would strike again on another interception return to make the score 20-0. Thompson would also get another TD before the half and Freedom went into the break with a 27-0 lead.

Thompson was again a factor in the second half, scoring his third TD on a 63-yard run to make it 34-0.

Eighth seed Liberty will take on top seed Emmaus, coming off a thrilling victory over Parkland, next weekend in the District 11 playoffs while Freedom will travel to Stroudsburg. Both games are Saturday night.

Press writer Peter Car will have all the details in this week’s edition as well as plenty of photos from Linda Rothrock.

In the nightcap of a big football Saturday, Becahi fell to Central 48-14, setting up another meeting next week between the same two teams in the District 11 playoffs.

Peter Car was also there and will have a full recap.