The Liberty Lions football team (4-2) rolled up 549 yards of offense, pulling away from the Antioch Panthers (1-5) for a 41-28 victory in the Bay Valley Athletic League opener for both teams.
Quarterbacks Ivan Oseguera and Joseph Tolentino threw for 194 and 185 yards respectively to lead an explosive performance for the Lions' offense. Alex Hull hauled in five passes for 121 yards and three touchdowns, leading ten receivers who all had at least one reception.
Antioch bolted to an early lead when Tay Thompson ran for a 45-yard touchdown on the third play of the game. Tolentino's touchdown strike down the middle of the Antioch defense to Hull put the Lions up 8-6, but the Panthers regained the lead when Thompson struck again from 35 yards out. The Panthers' 14-8 lead would be short-lived, however, and would be the final time they would be in front.
Alex Espinoza's one-yard scoring run gave the Lions a 16-14 lead at the end of the first quarter. Liberty would go on to score 26 consecutive points, resulting in a 34-14 lead at the end of the third quarter. Fourth quarter touchdown runs by Nick Perry and Nathan Aguilar increased the final tally for the Panthers.
Thompson led the Panthers with 105 yards rushing, while Macin Teixeira led all Panther receivers with two catches for 56 yards.
Deer Valley 35, Freedom 7: The Wolverines' defense gave up just 133 total yards as Deer Valley ran away with a 35-7 win in its BVAL opener.
Deer Valley (6-0, 1-0) started the game a bit sluggish, being forced to punt on two of its first three possessions. The Wolverines trailed 7-6 midway through the second quarter. That's when Deer Valley went to more of a spread offense.
"We knew they could not handle our speed," said quarterback Nsimba Webster, who accounted for five Wolverine touchdowns and threw for 188 yards.
The Wolverines scored on two consecutive drives to close the first half, the last one being a six-play, 54-yard drive with under a minute left in the half. Deer Valley converted in a third-and-26 situation when Webster connected with Mike Hamilton on a 26-yard pass down the right sideline.
Webster hit Hamilton with a 15-yard touchdown pass two plays later, the second of three he threw in the game.
Webster also ran for two scores and had 139 rushing yards.
"(The win) means we're one step closer to our goal of 10-0," he said.
Hamilton led Deer Valley with 106 receiving yards -- all in the first half.
Heralded running back Joe Mixon led Freedom (2-4, 0-1) with 79 rushing yards on just 14 carries.
"Our defense deserves a lot of credit," Webster said. "We heard a lot this week 'What about Joe? But they were able to lock him up and be more physical."
-- Paul Burgarino
Pittsburg 10, Heritage 7: Antonio Saldana kicked a 35-yard field goal with 18.4 seconds left as the host Pirates beat the Patriots in the BVAL opener for both teams.
Pittsburg took over midway through the fourth quarter and drove 41 yards on 10 plays, capped by Saldana's field goal.
The Pirates went on the winning drive without Harris Ross, who injured his right leg at the end of the third quarter and did not return. The injury is not believed to be serious.
With Ross out, DeVonte Tarrance took over as the Pirates lead running back, and Pittsburg ran six times on its final drive.
Heritage opened the scoring early in the first quarter as Caleb Michael intercepted a pass and returned it 75 yards for a touchdown as the Patriots (0-6, 0-1 BVAL) took a 7-0 lead.
Both offenses sputtered for the rest of the first quarter, but the Pirates (4-2, 1-0) went on a 11-play, 51-yard drive in the second quarter, capped by a Ross 1-yard touchdown run with 4:52 left in the second quarter.
Ross was Pittsburg's offensive weapon in the second half, as he had 15 carries for 85 yards. Heritage's leading rusher in the first half was Nick Zalec, who had four carries for 26 yards.
-- Nick Norvell, correspondent