With loss to Pendleton, Liberty postseason berth at stake Friday

By Clay Counts
Special to The Courier

LIBERTY — In a battle with perennial power Pendleton on Friday night, a pair of early miscues proved to be too much to overcome for the Liberty Red Devils in a 22-6 loss.

After a solid 33-7 win over an old region rival at West-Oak the week prior, the Red Devils returned home for a senior night showdown against the Bulldogs on Friday night. In addition to the recognition of the Liberty seniors for the last home game of their playing careers, the night held extra significance as a crucial game in Region I-3A as the playoff picture takes shape.

Playing with an undermanned squad, the Devils still had their chances to pull out the win, as they had more first downs and outrushed Pendleton on the night. However, an early interception that turned into quick points for the Bulldogs and a defensive bust that allowed Pendleton to break off a long touchdown put Liberty behind the 8-ball early and created a deficit the Devils were unable to overcome.

“Proud of these guys’ effort,” Liberty coach Kyle Stewart said after the game. “We had 20 guys dress tonight, and they got after it, you know, we just needed to hit a play or two here or there and we’re in this game.

“We have to capitalize on those situations, but I’m really proud of the

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