The Liberty High football team came from behind in the second half to beat Hayward 29-18 at Sunset Field on Friday night.
Hayward grabbed the lead in the first quarter on a 45-yard touchdown run by Kyle Foote, followed by a 1-yard run by quarterback Thompson Pulu.
Liberty (2-1) got on the board with 13 seconds left in the first quarter on a 7-yard touchdown pass from Cody Suckow to Austin Solari, then took the lead in the second quarter on a 4-yard pass from Suckow to Ivan Oseguera. Fourteen seconds later, though, Hayward (1-2) scored again on a 65-yard pass from Marjani Ellison to Chris Scott.
That was the last time Hayward would score. Liberty would score twice in the second half, once on a 29-yard pass from Oseguera to Brad Foote and once on a 3-yard run by Cody Maghuyop.
The Lions defense took over from there, forcing four fumbles, recovering three of them. They sacked Hayward's quarterbacks five times, allowing just 14 passing yards and zero points.
"That was the challenge we laid down at halftime," Lions coach Nate Smith said. "We challenged them, and they just rose to the occasion big time.
"We were also advantageous. For the first time this year, we took advantage of turnover opportunities."