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Strong second half carries Liberty past Spring Valley

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The tough Southeast Division

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Las Vegas Sun reporters Case Keefer and Ray Brewer break down high school football's tough Southeast Division. Five of the league's seven teams are part of the Sun's top-10 rankings.

Sandwiched between its two biggest games of the year, the Liberty High football team beat Spring Valley 42-10 Saturday in its home opener.

Last week, the Patriots hung tough with perennial power Palo Verde in a three-point loss. Next week, they open Southeast Division play against their biggest rival, Silverado.

“I was a little worried we’d overlook Spring Valley and look ahead to Silverado,” Liberty coach Rich Muraco said. “We came out flat early on.”

Liberty only led 7-3 late in the first half before Jeremy Lagasca caught a 55-yard touchdown pass from Kai Nacua for a 14-3 halftime lead.

Sophomore Niko Kapeli added to the scoring the in the second half with a 95-yard touchdown run — the longest scoring run in the school’s eight-year history. Anthony Morgan and Jared Tuilagi added touchdowns for the Patriots.

Spring Valley only had 110 yards of offense but took advantage of 145 penalty yards by Liberty.

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