Liberty falls to Arizona power to begin brutal national schedule

Posted Saturday, 24 August 2019 ‐ Las Vegas Sun

Liberty football knew what it was signing up for when it agreed to host Chandler (Ariz.), a powerhouse to the south. Liberty knows if it is to go where it wants to go, it’s going to need to beat the best in the country. Naturally, Liberty knew when it scheduled the game it’s far from a guaranteed win. The Patriots hung with Chandler until the end Friday, but came up short at home in a 31-17 defeat. “I told the kids that one of the reasons we take these kinds of games is that I want the adversity, I want the kids to be put in uncomfortable situations,” Liberty coach Rich Muraco said.   There were times Friday that Liberty looked like it could not only hang with but handle some of the best competition in the country. Liberty stalled Chandler’s first two drives, and in the first quarter won the battle in the trenches, holding the Wolves to 22 rushing yards. But Chandler finished last season as the No. 21 team in the country, according to MaxPreps, and eventually it showed why. Dae Dae Hunter snapped off a 45-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter, one of two scores he had on the night, and Liberty had trouble keeping up. There were also the self-inflicted wounds. The Patriots committed six personal fouls on the night, the most egregious of which came as time expired in the first half. Liberty was too rough with the Chandler quarterback, and the Wolves essentially grabbed three free points off the field goal on the untimed down. “Lack of discipline on our part,” Muraco said. “We’ll address that.”  Chandler never ran away with it. The Wolves’ halftime lead was just 17-10, and a Germie Bernard interception to start the third set up a Zyrus Fiaseu touchdown to tie the game four minutes into the half. That, though, was the last time Liberty scored.  On Chandler’s ensuing drive, Liberty stopped the Wolves at the 2-yard line, and for the second time in the game, Chandler converted a fourth-down into a touchdown. They were 3-for-3 on the night on fourth down, all of them ending in touchdowns.  “We have to learn from adversity,” said Bernard, who also finished with a team-high 102 receiving yards. “We came out the second half and played hard, we just came up short.”  Liberty turned the ball over four times, fumbling it away thrice, ending otherwise successful drives. The Patriots never established a run game — they had only 66 rushing yards as a team — but quarterback Kanyon Stoneking looked poised. He finished 29 of 43 for 301 yards and a touchdown. But a loss like this won’t spoil Liberty’s season. The Patriots head to Hawaii next week for a matchup with Mililani before meeting California powers St. John Bosco and Centennial. They finish their national schedule with a game against Liberty (Ariz.) on Sept. 20 before league play begins. Then, of course, to win a state title they will have to go through Bishop Gorman. “Instead of trying to take easy games and masking some mistakes you can get away with against a lesser opponent, you play against a top team like Chandler, those mistakes are going to impact the game more,” Muraco said. “I’m happy pretty much with how we played today.” Justin Emerson can be reached at 702-259-8814 or [email protected]. Follow Justin on Twitter at twitter.com/@j15emerson.

Other articles published by Las Vegas Sun

Posted Wednesday, 16 October 2019 ‐ Las Vegas Sun

BOISE, Idaho — The U.S. Air Force wants to fly supersonic fighter jets at lower altitudes in lightly populated areas of southwestern Idaho, northern Nevada and southeastern Oregon to better simulate combat conditions. The Air Force on Wednesday said it ...

Posted Wednesday, 16 October 2019 ‐ Las Vegas Sun

ADA, Okla. — Oklahoma's history is so deeply intertwined with the 39 Native American tribes located there that the state's creation in 1907 was celebrated with a symbolic wedding ceremony between the Indian and Oklahoma territories. The relationship...

Book: Trump mulled order to close parts of VA health system Posted Wednesday, 16 October 2019 ‐ Las Vegas Sun

WASHINGTON — Eager for changes at the Department of Veterans Affairs, President Donald Trump toyed early on with issuing an executive order to close parts of the VA health system without consulting Congress, according to an upcoming book by his former...

Posted Wednesday, 16 October 2019 ‐ Las Vegas Sun

BOSTON — The president of Wynn Resorts' Boston-area casino is stepping down just months after it opened. The Las Vegas company announced Wednesday that Encore Boston Harbor President Robert DeSalvio will be replaced by Brian Gullbrants, who most...

Posted Wednesday, 16 October 2019 ‐ Las Vegas Sun

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Wednesday that U.S. troops are "largely out" of a region of Syria where Turkish forces are attacking the Kurdish fighters who were America's allies in fighting the Islamic State group. "It's not between Turkey...

Posted Wednesday, 16 October 2019 ‐ Las Vegas Sun

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Writer-director Callie Khouri is drawn to stories about female friendships and country music, and her latest television film "Patsy and Loretta" combines those passions into the true story of a friendship between two of country...

GM and union reach tentative deal that could end strike Posted Wednesday, 16 October 2019 ‐ Las Vegas Sun

DETROIT — Bargainers for General Motors and the United Auto Workers have reached a tentative contract deal that could end a monthlong strike that brought the company's U.S. factories to a standstill. The deal, hammered out Wednesday after months of...

Classes canceled as threat of Chicago teacher strike looms Posted Wednesday, 16 October 2019 ‐ Las Vegas Sun

CHICAGO — Chicago's mayor announced on Wednesday that the city's public schools will be shut down on Thursday, ahead of an expected teachers' strike.  Mayor Lori Lightfoot said during a news conference that the district's 25,000 teachers represented...

Russia offers to mediate in Syria, asserting its role Posted Wednesday, 16 October 2019 ‐ Las Vegas Sun

CEYLANPINAR, Turkey — Russia offered Wednesday to mediate a resolution in northern Syria, further asserting Moscow's role as a regional force, ahead of a mission by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence to press Turkey for a cease-fire in its attack on Syrian ...

Posted Wednesday, 16 October 2019 ‐ Las Vegas Sun

WASHINGTON — The House impeachment inquiry is exposing new details about unease in the State Department and White House about President Donald Trump's actions toward Ukraine and those of his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani. One witness said it appeared ...

Posted Wednesday, 16 October 2019 ‐ Las Vegas Sun

If Southern Nevada eventually woos a Major League Baseball franchise, a longtime Las Vegas baseball man doubts it will be the Oakland Athletics. Following MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred’s public warning earlier this month that Oakland could lose its club ...

We are enabling another genocide Posted Wednesday, 16 October 2019 ‐ Las Vegas Sun

As a third-generation Armenian-American, whose ancestors fled their ancient homeland in the 1890s during the Ottoman Empire, I fear and tremble at the removal of U.S. troops from Syria as protection for the Kurds, whose religion bridges Judaism and...

Turkey decision stains presidency Posted Wednesday, 16 October 2019 ‐ Las Vegas Sun

No matter what he says or does next, President Donald Trump made a deep and painful mistake when he pulled protection from the Kurds and allowed them to be slaughtered by the Turks. This is never going to be OK; it is Trump’s version of Benghazi. He...

People can’t stop nuclear progress Posted Wednesday, 16 October 2019 ‐ Las Vegas Sun

Some letter writers are stuck in the past; nuclear energy is the way of the future. Nothing can stop the forward advance of human progress. Delay, obstruct, slow-walk? Yes, of course. But stop it? Never. America can't consult the generations far into the ...

Posted Wednesday, 16 October 2019 ‐ Las Vegas Sun

On this episode of the Sun on the Strip, Brock Radke welcomes Las Vegas Weekly staff writer C. Moon Reed to discuss all this week’s Las Vegas Strip entertainment news: The classic TV sitcom “Friends” is celebrating its 25th anniversary...