Friday, Nov. 13, 2009 | 11:56 p.m.
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Liberty coach Rich Muraco said the Patriots controlled the entire game. They held Canyon Springs running back Devin Rimmey to less than 50 yards and put on a defensive showcase.
“We won the physical battle,” Muraco said.
But six turnovers prevented Liberty from pulling away all night. And it put the Patriots in a scary position late in the game.
Canyon Springs scored on a third-and-long play late in the fourth quarter to make the score 16-15. Instead of kicking the extra point, Canyon Springs coach Hunkie Cooper decided to go for two.
Liberty stopped the attempt.
“It was super-exciting at the end there,” Muraco said. “It was very tense.”
Nose guard Josh Lavau led the defensive charge with two forced fumbles, a sack and a handful of tackles.
Liberty will play at Del Sol, who the Patriots beat earlier in the season, next week.
“We really believe we match up with everyone on our side and have just as good of a chance as anyone to go to state,” Muraco said.