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January 28, 2015

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Liberty shakes off slow start to edge past Cimarron-Memorial

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Southeast Division champion Liberty closed out its regular season with a 20-13 victory at Cimarron-Memorial Thursday night.

The Patriots fell behind 13-6 before rallying to take the win heading into next week’s first-round playoff game against Rancho.

“The kids came out flat,” Liberty coach Rich Muraco said. “We had some stupid penalties and didn’t play with any emotion defensively.”

Cimarron running back Christian Brown found a lot of running room in the first half, before Liberty limited him to close out the game.

Junior Jeremy Lagasca starred for the Patriots. Lagasca scored on an 83-yard sweep play and also had three long kick returns. In total, he accounted for 221 yards of offense.

Liberty quarterback Kai Nacua went 5-for-14 for 107 yards and a touchdown. Austin Etheridge caught the 21-yard touchdown pass. Niko Kapeli scored Liberty’s final touchdown.

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  1. Liberty also didn't play their starters for much of the game because it was a meaningless game for them. They'd wrapped up the division and the number one seed.