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Sunday, September 24, 2017

’Canes not happy after loss to EHS

Thursday, September 7, 2017 by Peter Car pcar@tnonline.com in Sports

To say that Liberty head coach John Truby was upset following last week’s 24-7 defeat to Easton would be an understatement.

Truby let his feelings be known about a lost opportunity on the road against the upstart Red Rovers (2-0), where his team failed to execute, gave up big plays on defense and lost the turnover battle in their first real test of the season.

“We literally shot ourselves in the foot time after time after time,” Truby said. “I can’t even begin to tell you how angry I am with our poor execution overall. It was really just that bad. We had spots where we could do things and we just couldn’t keep it together. The little things killed us tonight. I guess I have to preach it a little bit more this week.”

Easton quarterback Scott Poulson and wide receiver Jake Herres proved to be a problem for the Hurricanes last week, as they hit for a pair of big TD’s to distance themselves from Liberty (1-1).

After a scoreless first quarter, the two connected on a 47-yard TD to open the second quarter. Things got worse when Easton blocked a punt on Liberty’s ensuing drive, setting up the Rovers inside the redzone where Poulson capitalized with a six-yard TD run for a 14-0 lead.

Liberty would climb back into the game with a 13-play drive, capped by a two-yard TD run by Nasir Legree with 3:17 left in the first half.

At this point, the Hurricanes were right in the game, until Easton struck with another Poulson-to-Herres TD, this time from 27-yards out to give Easton a 21-7 lead heading into halftime.

“We thought we had a good matchup on Herres, but they [Easton] took advantage of some things,” said Truby. “The positive is that our kids didn’t quit. We held them to a field goal in the second half. They played their hearts out. We just didn’t do enough of the little things right.”

Poulson finished 10-of-15 for 179 yards and two TD’s, while Herres had a huge game, reeling in seven balls for 132 yards and two scores.

Legree totaled 69 yards on the ground, but 65 of them came in the first half. The Hurricanes could only muster two first downs after halftime, as quarterback Todd Erney could never get into a rhythm, going 6-of-18 for 68 yards.

Liberty’s Jay McGill was the Hurricanes leading receiver with four catches for 51 yards.

On a night where the ’Canes needed to be able to sustain drives on offense, they weren’t able to, something that Truby and company need to figure out heading into this week’s home tilt against Parkland (2-0).

“This was a matter of us not making plays,” said Truby. “Honestly, a lot of it was up front. The unit that I thought was pretty much our strength, the snap and the exchange were off a couple times. You can’t start 2nd-and-15 against an Easton football team. They’re for real. We can’t do that stuff. We’ve got to get better.”