November 30, 2022

Liberty blows out Belaire 62-27, wins District Championship

Belaire QB Ja'kobe Bryant warming up for the game against Liberty
Belaire QB Ja'kobe Bryant warming up for the game against Liberty

This week, the Belaire Bengals went to go play for the District 7-4a Championship, and with a win over Liberty, they would be District Champions for the first time in school history.

Liberty differed the kickoff, and on the first ply for the Bengals, the Patriots jumped on a backward pass, and then broke off a jet sweep touchdown a few plays later. The Bengals responded with 2 deep passes from Senior QB Ja’kobe Bryant, and a 35 yard touchdown pass. A pair of broken tackles gave Liberty the ball in the red zone, and they scored on a 1 yard rush with the extra point blocked. Belaire drove down the field once again, and Bryant ran in for the touchdown this time to nod the game up at 13–13. First play after the kickoff, Junior RB Kaleb Jackson broke off a 80 yard speed option run for a touchdown, his second of the day. There was a tipped pass, caught by Belaire, and then fumbled back to the Patriots to give them the ball on the Bengals half of the field. It looked like Belaire was going to get the defense off the field, but 2 25+ yard plays instead increased the Liberty lead to 14. Belaire came up short on a 4th down, but forced a 3 and out and a Liberty punt, but punted right back, and the half ended on a missed field goal attempt from Liberty with the score at 27-13.

Opening drive of the second half, a flea flicker lead to a 60 yard touchdown for Liberty. The Patriots got a pick 6, and then got another one on the following play making the score 48-13. Just as the game looked like it was slipping out of reach, Denichlass Jeter pulled down an interception with 5 minutes left jn the third., and then they drove down the field for a Jeter receiving touchdown, but Belaire failed the 2 point conversion. Jackson broke off another 80 yard touchdown for his 3rd of the day, and the third quarter ended 55-19. The Patriots ran 6 minutes off the clock on a touchdown drive. Makih Palmer broke off a big touchdown run, because what Belaire game happens without a Makih Palmer touchdown. Time ran out, and Liberty walked away with the win, 62-27.

Belaire has a playoff game next week at home.

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