The Liberty Hurricanes’ attempt to put a damper on Nazareth’s homecoming ended in a 26-13 defeat Friday night at Andrew S. Leh stadium. The loss extended the ‘Canes losing streak to five games and left them at 2-5 on the season.
The most indelible image from a game with so many dramatic moments was the one of head coach John Truby with his arm around the shoulder of QB Todd Erney in private conversation following the Liberty Hurricanes’ postgame huddle.
When Truby returned to meet with reporters he said, “I thought Todd Erney played a great game.”
Easton entered the game undefeated but untested, as their three previous opponents had combined to post a 0-9 cumulative record. Liberty was 2-1, coming off a loss to Bethlehem Catholic.
“We got off to a fast start,” commented head coach Jason Roeder following the Freedom Patriots’ 68-14 season opening victory over the East Stroudsburg North Timberwolves at BASD Stadium Friday night.
Showing a veteran coach’s gift for understatement, Roeder’s team started the game by holding ESN to a three-and-out following the opening kickoff. The next four plays from scrimmage were: a blocked punt recovered by Freedom at the 12, a 12-yard TD run by Sebastian Gibbs, an interception returned to the ESN 11, and an 11-yard TD pass from Jared Jenkins to Vincent Reph.