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Football Roundup LHS looks to turn it around; FHS, BC win

Thursday, October 10, 2019 by Peter Car pcar@tnonline.com in Sports

Liberty desperate to turn things around

Liberty might be looking at a daunting task ahead of them, but the Hurricanes have been down this road before.

Off to a 2-5 start following last week’s defeat to Nazareth, the chances for a district berth look bleak, but if recent memory can serve a purpose, Liberty’s faithful can only look at last year’s turnaround as proof that John Truby’s troops can right the ship.

The Hurricanes were 2-5 at this point of the season a year ago and parlayed three game win streak to end the regular season into qualifying for the postseason.

Does this year’s group have that magic in them as they prep for Saturday’s road contest against Central Catholic (4-3).

Truby knows the odds might be against them, but the reason for belief stems from the Hurricanes past. That starts with getting the offense going, as they’ve only scored two touchdowns in the past four weeks.

“Have to develop an offense and special teams to complement the defense,” Truby said. “The defense has been playing very well, but they have had to be on the field way too long. We need to be more consistent in all phases of our offense. In all games we have had issues with either the skill positions or the offensive line. Sometimes, we have had issues with both. As a coaching staff, we need to do a better job of putting the kids we have in a better position.”

That needs to start this week, or Liberty won’t have much hope for a shot at districts.

Bethlehem Catholic (5-2) knocked off East Stroudsburg South 35-14 last week. The Hawks led 14-0 at halftime and got a three touchdown performance from Tavion Banks, who ran for 91 yards on the night.

Still, head coach Joe Henrich knows his team will need a better performance when they host Easton (6-1) this Saturday night at BASD Stadium.

“We knew it would be challenging,” Henrich said of last week’s tilt. “We have some injuries up front and needed the new guys to settle in. We need to do a much better job of staying on blocks.”

With Easton coming to town after suffering their first loss of the season last week to Freedom (6-1), Henrich knows he’ll be facing a hungry Rover squad.

“Easton is a typical physical aggressive football team with a feature back [Nahjee Adams],” he said. “Defensively, they are as usual very aggressive, like to bring pressure and play man coverage. We need to match their physicality and contain their running game and be more consistent on offense.”

The Patriots 26-14 win over Easton puts three teams at the top of the EPC South with 6-1 marks with Nazareth, Easton and Freedom all vying for the division crown.

The victory also marked the 100th of head coach Jason Roeder’s career, giving him a career mark of 100-66.

Freedom will host Emmaus this Friday night with the Hornets (4-3) coming off a 35-17 loss to Central Catholic.