As Liberty North senior Michael Wansing described it, the Eagles spent the past month slowly rebuilding a combination of confidence of momentum. It had vanished over a tenuous start to the season, but a three-game winning streak revitalized the process.
This will provide another boost.
Liberty North upended previously-unbeaten Fort Osage 21-14 on Friday, handing The Star’s top-ranked Indians their first loss of the season.
Wansing threw a game-winning touchdown pass to Jack DeGarmo with 4:17 left in the game before the Eagles stopped Fort Osage on a fourth-down play on the ensuing drive.
“We liked the chance to play the best. That’s what we want to do,” Wansing said. “To be the best, you have to beat the best, right?”
Fort Osage lost its first regular season game since Sept. 28, 2012.
“In my career of coaching, I’ve never had a team play tougher than our kids played tonight,” Liberty North coach Ken Clemens said. “I think it was a gut-check game, and our kids responded.”
Fort Osage quarterback Skylar Thompson threw a 32-yard touchdown pass to Bailey Williamson to open the scoring, and Thompson ran in a 7-yard score to give the Indians a 14-7 halftime lead.
Dante Edwards and Jon Redmond had rushing touchdowns for Liberty North.
The result created a three-way tie atop the Suburban White Conference standings. Staley, Fort Osage and Liberty North are each 4-1 in conference play. Staley defeated Raytown 35-0 on Friday.
Liberty 49, Columbia Hickman 19
When Liberty captured its first win of the season last week, the Blue Jays were quick to credit their sophomore quarterback and his receiving corps, which accounted for three touchdowns.
A week later, the recognition for their second victory started with sophomore tailback Robert Rawie.
Rawie scored five touchdowns, all in the first half, to lift Liberty to a 49-19 win against Hickman on Friday.
“We’re able to put together two in a row after four tough losses,” Liberty coach Chad Frigon said. “It’s great to get this one, and hopefully we can keep building off this in the next one.”
Rawie finished with 54 rushing yards and 130 receiving yards for Liberty, 2-6, which won its second straight game after defeating Park Hill South last week.
Blue Springs 31, Lee’s Summit West 24
Blue Springs is back to its winning form.
Better late than never.
The Wildcats won for the third time in four weeks, notching a 31-24 home win against Lee’s Summit West on Friday.
After starting the season with four straight losses, the Wildcats improved to 3-5.
Tresten Spruell sparked the latest win. He ran for 208 yards and three touchdowns. Jaylen Ivey also topped the 100-yard rushing mark for the Wildcats, finishing with 127 yards and another score.
Lee’s Summit West dropped to 5-3.
Piper 35, Turner 25
The Piper football team needed sharp, efficient performances on both sides of the football to fuel a fourth-quarter comeback on Friday night.
Luckily for the Pirates, JJ Letcher was ready to lead the charge, sealing a 35-25 victory against Turner on the road with a late touchdown and interception on the final drive.
“We had timely passing, good, strong running and a couple guys stepping up through injuries,” Piper coach Chris Brindle said. “That’s what I’m most proud of — the guys who came in through injuries and did a good job.”
Letcher was one of them, replacing running back Sterling Owens after he sustained an injury in the game.
“We had to move JJ from a slot receiver and he was kind of small, but he did a good job running inside and outside,” Brindle said.
The Pirates faced two first-half ties and trailed at the start of the fourth quarter, 25-22. Fullback Alex Bach gave them the lead with left in the fourth quarter and Letcher sealed the victory with 1:18 left in the game.
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