Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015 | 10:17 p.m.
The Liberty High football team lost its leading rusher last week to a broken leg.
So, in Chad Tebay’s absence, the Patriots turned its ground attack over to its most seasoned player. Senior Calvin Tubbs has played multiple positions since his freshman season for the Patriots, thriving today in a 51-17 victory against Green Valley as their featured running back.
Tubbs rushed for more than 100 yards and three touchdowns, and the Patriots scored 51 first-half points. Until the injury, Tubbs was mostly a linebacker.
“He is a big, strong, physical back,” Liberty coach Rich Muraco said of the 5-foot-11, 240-pound Tubbs. “When he gets going, he is tough to stop.”
The same can be said for Liberty’s offense. It entered averaging 40 points per game, including scoring 76 on Sept. 4 against the defending Hawaii state champions, and quickly started adding to the average.
It scored seven touchdowns before halftime.
“We wanted to make a statement with the game being on TV and knowing everyone will be watching,” Muraco said. “We feel if we play our best, we will be hard to handle.”
Liberty (4-1), the five-time Sunrise Region champion, opens league play next week at Canyon Springs. Green Valley hosts Basic in the Henderson Bowl rivalry game.