It’s another Liberty stomping: Eagles bury Mountain View, 44-7
Saturday, Sep. 20
Liberty's Nelson Hogan celebrates a touchdown during the third quarter of the Eagles 44-7 win over Class 5A Mountain View in Stafford Friday night. Photo By Mike Morones
STAFFORD -- The juggernaut rolled on.
Continuing one of the most eye-popping starts in school history, the Liberty Eagles overwhelmed Class 5A Mountain View, 44-7 Friday on the road. At 3-0 the Eagles have outscored Handley, Orange and Mountain View by a combined 144-7.
At least Mountain View managed to score. But Tre Coghill’s juggling 79-yard touchdown reception was the Wildcats’ sole highlight.
Operating behind a massive offensive line, quarterback Aaron Walters ran for 141 yards and two scores for Liberty (3–0). He also completed 11 of 14 passes for 118 yards and recorded an interception from his safety position.
Martin Parker added two touchdown runs for the Eagles and finished with 99 yards rushing, while teammate T.J. Hogan had 102 yards and a score.
“I came into this game thinking we had the best plan that we've had in my three years of coaching,” said coach Sean Finnerty. “We had such a good game plan - we believed in it wholeheartedly and if we executed that plan we were going to be successful. We busted our butts putting it together and our scout team busted their butts for two weeks executing their offense and defense.”
"It's a statement game," said Hogan. "Everyone thought the first two games were easy. Now we got a 5A team that's tough, we got another one next week. We're just going to keep the ball rolling."
Hogan was referencing Liberty's huge game against Broad Run -- ranked No. 6 in the Washington Post rankings -- looming Sept. 26 in Bealeton. After a performance like Friday, Walters is ready for the challenge.
“I’'m really really proud of the team," said Walters. "We have no weak links - we're just family. As a quarterback I enjoy watching everybody else do good. I like watching my line plow over other teams, I like seeing the fullback get in there, get a good block, running backs break open field touchdowns.”
“We just couldn’t stop the run, and when you do that and only score seven points, you’re not going to win many games,” Wildcats coach Lou Sorrentino said. “They just jammed it down our throats.”
Liberty took a 7-0 lead on Parker's 1-yard TD run in the first quarter and made it 13-0 on Walters' 16-yard TD scamper in the second.
Tommy Smith's 44-yard field goal gave the Eagles a 16-0 halftime edge.
Mountain View's long TD reception came in the third quarter, ending the Eagles 10-quarters of scoreless football, and making it 16-7.
The Eagles then outscored their hosts 28-0 the rest of the way on TDs by Hogan, Parker, Walters and Bailey Kestner --adding up to a lopsided result that few saw coming.
"That was an excellent Mountain View team. You take one play out of it and it's a 44-0 game. I just couldn't be more proud of the kids, of how hard they worked," said Finnerty. "They deserved it because they're putting in the time and effort. We know we have a good offense. Our offense is tough to defend because we have so many kids we can give the ball to. Defensively, our kids have bought in just so much to what we do defensively. We're just one play away from having
three shutouts in a row.
"That's phenomenal especially after how we started out last season with the amount of points we gave up. I couldn't be more proud of the defense. Offensively we haven't given the ball away. When you eliminate big plays and don't turn the ball over you're going to be successful."
Mountain View (1–3) opens Conference 15 play against visiting North Stafford next Friday.
Get Headlines Every Tuesday and Thursday By Email