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’Canes blank Bears

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 by Patrick Matsinko pmatsinko@tnonline.com in Sports

The Hurricanes set the tone early against Pleasant Valley, forcing a safety on the Bears’ first play from scrimmage.

Forced to start from its own 2-yard line after a punt, Liberty’s defense swarmed Pleasant Valley tailback Nasai Moon in the end zone for a 2-0 lead less than two minutes into the game.

Rushing scores from Nasir Legree (120 yards) and Roberto Rivera on their next two possessions gave the Hurricanes a 16-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.

“They’re big and physical,” PV head coach Matt Kosciolek said. “They just come out and they punch you, and they keep punching you.”

Rivera and Legree finished with two rushing touchdowns apiece. Rivera added his second on a 4-yard plunge late in the second quarter to give Liberty a 22-0 lead at the intermission.

Legree got his second score midway through the third quarter, a 39-yard scamper that made it 35-0 and put the mercy rule into effect.

The Hurricanes added an insurance touchdown when backup quarterback Dallas Holmes hit Jason Estrella for a 58-yard strike on the first play of the fourth quarter to set the final tally.

Pleasant Valley struggled to find consistency through the air or on the ground.

Zaire Mitchell got Liberty on the board early in the third quarter. After the Hurricanes forced a three-and-out, Mitchell blocked the Bears’ ensuing punt, and returned it for a score to make it 29-0 with 10:04 to play in the third.

Legree grabbed headlines a year ago, rushing for 1,912 yards. He entered Friday’s game needing just 19 yards to eclipse 3,000 for his career.