Ivan Oseguera's 2-yard touchdown run with 5:26 left lifted the visiting Liberty High football team to a 14-7 Bay Valley Athletic League victory over Heritage on Friday, making the Lions playoff-eligible for the first time since 2005.
Oseguera's run was set up by his own scramble on third-and-goal from the 9-yard line.
The Lions (5-4, 2-2 BVAL) had gained possession at the Heritage 31-yard line to start the drive after a short punt and used two critical penalties against the Patriots to move the ball inside the 10-yard line. The score wiped out a one-point advantage for Heritage, and Oseguera's conversion pass to Dylan Gilfoy completed the scoring.
Heritage (1-8, 1-3) struck first. Early in the second quarter, Nick Zalec's 3-yard run punctuated a long and efficient drive for the Patriots, in which they picked up six first downs. The Patriots offense would pick up only four more first downs the rest of the game, however, as Liberty's defense stood tall throughout the night.
Liberty got on the scoreboard with two second-quarter field goals by Anthony Martinez. His first was a 31-yard attempt and came after the Lions had taken advantage of personal foul and unsportsmanlike penalties against Heritage on the same play, resulting in a 30-yard gain for the visitors. His second was from 34 yards and was the result of a fumbled kickoff by the Patriots, setting up the Lions with great field position.
The victory was the first for Liberty in the annual Brentwood Bowl. Heritage had won the first six contests.
Oseguera led the Lions with 41 yards rushing and 90 yards passing. Leeandre White led all rushers with 52 yards for the Patriots.
Freedom 28, Antioch 27: The Falcons and host Panthers traded touchdowns in overtime, but Antioch missed its extra point attempt trailing by a point as Freedom escaped with the BVAL win.
Freedom (4-5, 2-2 BVAL) raced out to a 14-0 lead on a touchdown run by Joe Mixon and a TD pass from Joe Sweeney to Nick Garcia. Freedom then took a 21-7 lead in the second quarter on a James Allen touchdown pass. But two touchdowns by Antioch (1-8, 0-4) in the third quarter tied it at 21 going into the final 12 minutes.