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October 30, 2014

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Newman stellar as Liberty crushes Durango

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Liberty High football players (from left) Samson Monterde, Jozef Misaalefua and Tyler Newman before the 2013 season.

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Las Vegas Sun sports reporters Ray Brewer and Case Keefer are back with their weekly look at high school football. In this episode, they debate how to rank Arbor View, Palo Verde, Green Valley and Liberty.

With the hardest part of their schedule behind them, Liberty looked once again like the team to beat in the Sunrise Region.

Senior quarterback Tyler Newman accounted for seven touchdowns (four passing, three rushing), as the Patriots cruised to a 54-0 victory over Durango.

“Obviously, after playing national teams, the kids are battle-tested and come ready to play with Nevada teams,” Liberty coach Rich Muraco said. “This was a good step for us.”

Newman scored six of his touchdowns in the first half, building a 40-0 lead over the Trail Blazers (0-2) at the half.

So far this season, Newman has thrown for 10 touchdowns and rushed for another six.

“Tyler has done a great job at being accurate and making the right reads,” Muraco said. “It’s one of those things where we adapt our offense to meet our strengths. Tyler is doing a great job. Hopefully he’ll do it for the rest of the season.”

The Patriots (2-3) begin their defense of the Sunrise Region title next week against Coronado. Liberty is looking for its fourth consecutive Sunrise Region title.

“Ultimately, the only thing that matters is the next five weeks,” Muraco said. “These first five games were our preparation for league. It doesn’t matter if you’re 5-0 or 0-5; everyone starts fresh.”

Paul Delos Santos can be reached at 990-2416 or mail to [email protected] Follow Paul on Twitter at twitter.com/pauliedelos.

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