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Sloppy performance still good enough for Liberty in 58-26 victory

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From left, Liberty High School football players Joshua Bernard, Bryan Roland and Calvin Tubbs July 21, 2014.

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Special teams is usually the most overlooked aspect of football, at least as it compares to offense and defense, and it’s that area that will get the most attention at Liberty High practices this week. Well, that and the team’s overall discipline.

Liberty moved to 2-0 on the season with a 58-26 victory against Shadow Ridge High but it was the mistakes that stuck with coach Rich Muraco after the game. Liberty allowed three kickoffs to be returned for touchdowns and Muraco figured his team was called for at least 18 penalties, more than half of those of the 15-yard variety.

“Certain parts of our game I was extremely happy with and other parts I was beside myself with disappointment,” Muraco said.

Liberty’s defense only allowed one touchdown and, Muraco guessed, probably no more than 100 yards. So if it weren’t for the returns the game would have been even more lopsided.

Still, a 32-point win has plenty of positives, including freshman quarterback Kenyon Oblad tossing a few touchdowns.

“I’d rather have this kind of problem than the types of problems where your offense can’t score or your defense can’t stop anybody,” Muraco said.

Liberty, ranked No. 2 in the Sun’s top 10, will have to clear up some of those issues as the competition gets stiffer next week with a game against Coronado High.

Taylor Bern can be reached at 948-7844 or [email protected]. Follow Taylor on Twitter at twitter.com/taylorbern.

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