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October 18, 2019

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Liberty wipes out Valley in playoff opener

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Christopher DeVargas

Members of the Liberty High football team pose for a photo at the Las Vegas Sun’s high school football media day July 20, 2016 at the South Point. They include, from left, Malaesala Aumavae-Laulu, Darion Acohido, Ethan Dedeaux, and Will Brewer.

Wrapped around two punt return touchdowns from Liberty senior Darion Acohido in the opening 15 minutes, senior defensive end Noah Espinoza returned an interception 75 yards for a touchdown.

It was that kind of night for the Patriots, which downed Valley 54-0 in the first round of the Sunrise regional playoffs.

“We didn’t have a lot of offensive production because our special teams and defense kept scoring,” Liberty coach Rich Muraco said.

That was a good problem to have, though the offense fared fine when it was on the field. Junior quarterback Kenyon Oblad went 3-for-3 for 160 yards and three touchdowns.

The win sets up the season’s second meeting with rival Silverado, which Liberty defeated 58-13 three weeks ago.

“Every time we play Silverado, there’s a lot of emotion and a lot at stake,” Muraco said. “Our kids will be fired up.”

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