LIBERTY – It was some game, well, at least for three-plus quarters.
Thursday’s showdown between Liberty and James I. O’Neill – a rematch of last year’s Section 9 Class C championship – was postponed with 3:02 left in the third quarter due to thunder and lightning. O’Neill will travel to Liberty to resume the game at 10 or 11 a.m. Saturday.
Liberty running back Shakree Gibson, who rushed for 98 yards, talked about the postponement:
Trailing 13-6, Liberty had the ball on O’Neill’s 21-yard line with a first down when the game was postponed. O’Neill, the two-time defending Class C champion, defeated Liberty 35-14 for last year’s title.
O’Neill took a 6-0 lead 2:27 into the game on a 54-yard pass from quarterback Keegan West to Malik Chambers. Chambers, who rushed for 188 yards in last week’s win over Chester, caught the ball up the middle, dashing from just across midfield to the end zone. Liberty tied it 6-6 with 45.8 seconds left in the first quarter when offensive lineman Tarik Johnson jumped on a Quinn Jackson fumble in the end zone.
Jackson had run about 10 yards to O’Neill’s 1-yard line when he lost the ball. But Johnson was quick to pounce on it. West put O’Neill ahead 13-6 on an 8-yard touchdown run three minutes into the second quarter.
Here is West’s TD run:
Before the game was postponed, Liberty was stopped on fourth-and-goal on three different trips inside O’Neill’s 10-yard line.
Take a look at one of the series that resulted in a fourth down stop:
The field at Liberty was cleared at about 6 p.m. due to thunder and lightning – a downpour ensued. It continued to storm and the game was postponed at about 7 p.m. The start of the game was also delayed 15 minutes due to thunder and lightning.