hsfb playoffs:

Liberty pulls away from Foothill, gets desired rematch with Gorman

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Christopher DeVargas

Members of the Liberty High School football team are pictured during the Las Vegas Sun’s high school football media day at the Red Rock Resort on July 24, 2019. They include, from left, Maurice Hampton, Toa Tai and Alofaletauia Maluia

Fri, Nov 15, 2019 (11:02 p.m.)

Daniel Britt connected with Germie Bernard for a pair of touchdowns tonight for the Liberty High football team in a 52-21 victory against visiting Foothill in the Desert Region semifinals.

Britt passed for three touchdowns, including scoring strikes of 14 and 47 yards to Bernard, and rushed for a another score. Liberty scored 21 unanswered points to close the game.

“Our offense played outstanding,” Liberty coach Rich Muraco said.

Running back Edward Gastelum rushed for nearly 100 yards and a touchdown for the Patriots, and Zephaniah Maea also had a touchdown run. Moliki Matavao also had a touchdown reception, Dillon Fedor kicked a 31-yard field and Trey Cain had the game’s first touchdown on a 24-yard interception return.

Liberty will host nemesis Bishop Gorman next week in the regional championship game. Gorman has won 10 straight state championships, often going through Liberty late in the playoffs.

“This is the game every year we wait for and hope to get to,” Muraco said.

Muraco said this year’s team could be different. Unlike years past, they cruised through local play with relative ease. And he feels this year’s team is his strongest.

“We’ll see how well that translates because Gorman obviously is a juggernaut,” Muraco said.

Koy Riggin accounted for all three of Foothill’s touchdowns, including passes to Jakob Petry and Thomas Fisher-Welch.

Ray Brewer can be reached at 702-990-2662 or [email protected]. Follow Ray on Twitter at twitter.com/raybrewer21

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