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September 23, 2021

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Strong second half carries Liberty past Spring Valley

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The tough Southeast Division

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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