Friday, Sept. 25, 2015 | 11:59 p.m.
Liberty fans held their breath last week when teammates were forced to carry star receiver Ethan Dedeaux off the field with an injury.
Dedeaux missed most of the second half of a win over Centennial with an injury, but was back at full health Friday night at Coronado. Dedeaux led the Patriots to a 42-24 victory over the Cougars with a reception touchdown and an interception-return score.
“It was just a bad sprain but he rehabbed it and took care of it all week,” Liberty coach Rich Muraco said. “And he showed no ill effects.”
The Patriots, unfortunately, lost another key contributor against the Cougars. Starting running back Chad Tebay broke his leg on an 8-yard touchdown run to tie the game at 7 early in the second quarter.
There was a long break in the action as Tebay was transported to the hospital.
“It’s always hard,” Muraco said. “Kids think they’re invincible but then something like that happens and you know they’re going to be out for a while. But it seemed like it kind of fired our kids up.”
Liberty forced a three-and-out on its next defensive possession, and Damahny Whittle returned the punt 70 yards for a touchdown. The Patriots scored a fourth second-quarter touchdown courtesy of Alofania Tevaseu to lead 28-6 at halftime.
“It wasn’t a great start but we stepped up and our defense started making plays,” Muraco said.