Sophomore Joe Sweeney completed three touchdown passes, and the Freedom High football team became North Coast Section playoff eligible with a 30-6 win over host Liberty on Friday in the teams' Bay Valley Athletic League season finales.
In defeating Liberty for the eighth straight year in the Bell Game, Freedom improved to 5-5 overall and 3-2 in the BVAL.
The Lions (5-5, 2-3) have made a giant leap under new coach Jeff Walters, a former Freedom assistant. Last week, Liberty notched its first victory over Heritage and also became playoff eligible for the first time since 2005.
"Jeff did a great job all year at Liberty," Freedom coach Kevin Hartwig said. "Our district has two playoff teams. What more could you ask for?"
But this night belonged to Freedom, which didn't miss a beat playing without top-recruit Joe Mixon, serving a suspension for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty last week.
Sweeney was in command, completing 13 of 23 attempts for 190 yards.
Isiah Johnson ran for 95 yards and a touchdown, and Ronnie Rivers kept Liberty at bay in the final stages, finishing with 83 yards rushing.
The Lions turned the ball over four times, including three interceptions.
Freedom's Nick Garcia had a big game with six catches for 113 yards and two touchdowns.
Freedom's Aaron Mullins had an interception and twice tipped balls in the secondary on interceptions by Johnson and Johnell Green.
Pittsburg 19, Antioch 0: It took a while for the host Pirates to get going, but eventually they did enough to beat Antioch (1-9, 0-5 BVAL) and claim the outright league championship.
Friday's chapter of the Big Little Game was a scoreless tie until Pirate running back Jaylyn Morgan broke a long run to the right side for a 47 yard touchdown with 1:36 left before halftime.
Morgan finished with 257 yards on 25 carries and all three touchdowns for Pittsburg (8-2, 5-0 BVAL).
His second touchdown came in the waning stages of the third quarter, when he slipped through a couple of blocks and outraced a defender down the middle of the field for a 78 yard score.
Pittsburg has won the last eight Big Little Game meetings with Antioch.
Deer Valley 31, Heritage 20: Quarterback Nsimba Webster rushed for a game-high 216 yards and accounted for two touchdowns as he led the Wolverines in a BVAL victory over the visiting Patriots.
Nsimba's brother, Nzuzi, also played a crucial role in the win as he rushed for 65 yards and a touchdown and returned a kickoff 75 yards for a score.
Deer Valley (9-1, 4-1 BVAL) jumped out to a 24-0 second quarter lead, highlighted by Nsimba Webster's 76-yard touchdown scramble and 19-yard touchdown pass to Mike Hamilton.
Heritage (1-9, 1-4) made a quarterback change midway through the second quarter which sparked a minicomeback. Sohail Mohsini relieved an ineffective Nate Rollins and proceeded to pass for 177 yards and two touchdowns to cut the lead to 11 with 2:56 left in the third quarter.
In the final quarter, Mohsini drove the Patriots down to the Wolverines' nine-yard line but threw a crucial interception in the end zone with 8:44 left to end the comeback bid.
-- Gabe Feletar, correspondent