Clinging to a two-point lead with just under two minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, Miramonte coach Jack Schram took a gamble, but he came out looking like a tactical genius.

"It was very gutsy, but that's how we play," Miramonte quarterback Ross Anderson said. "We are gonna take risks and take shots."

Despite the fact that his offense had generated minus-16 yards of offense to that point in the fourth quarter and that Liberty's defense sacked Ross Anderson seven times, Schram decided to go for it on fourth-and-11 from the Liberty 31-yard line.

Moments earlier, Miramonte punter Jamie Howells pinned the Lions at their own 1-yardline, so a punt made sense. Schram chose to take a shot, and it paid off.

The Matadors coaches were willing to call a deep post pattern that would take time to develop, and the line was struggling.

Anderson dropped back and the line held up just long enough for Jack Pietrykowski to come open behind the Lions defensive backs. Anderson riffled a bullet to the middle of the end zone, and Pietrykowski hauled it in for the clinching score. Nick Bhachu's extra-point made the lead nine with 1:41 remaining.

Anderson finished 12-of-21 passing for 146 yards, and he ran for 76 of the team's 83 rushing yards.

Miramonte (4-0) struggled to stop the Liberty rushing attack all night. Jeff Lindsey ran for 128 yards on 18 carries for the Lions (1-3).

Miramonte 26, Liberty 17

Miramonte          7          3          9          7--          26

Liberty          7          3          0          7--          17

M -- Anderson 43 run (Bhachu kick)

L -- Suckow 1 run (Rainsford kick)

M -- Howells 25 FG

L -- Rainsford 45 FG

M -- Bhachu 22 FG

M -- Deutz 3 run (kick blocked)

L -- West 32 pass from Suckow (Rainsford kick)

M -- Pietrykowski 31 pass from Anderson (Bhachu kick)

Rushing: M -- Anderson 25-76, Deutz 2-8, Solit 1-7, Carrillo 4-(-1), Booze 2-(-7). Totals 34-83. L -- Lindsey 18-128, Canady 8-25, Moravec 1-4, Suckow 5-(-7). Totals 32-150. Passing: M -- Anderson 12-21-146-0. L -- Suckow 3-19-34-1. Receiving: M -- Booze 5-79, Pietrykowski 3-48, Solit 2-8, Carrillo 1-12, Deutz 1-(-1). Totals 12-146. L -- West 1-32, Shannon 1-3, Lindsey 1-(-1). Totals 3-34. Fumbles/lost: Miramonte -- 1/1, Liberty -- 1/1. Records: Miramonte 4-0; Liberty 1-3.