Friday, Nov. 2, 2012 | 11:41 p.m.
The Sunrise Region football champion will be?
- Which team is going to win the Sunrise Region football title?
- Liberty — 36.9%
- Coronado — 21.7%
- Green Valley — 21.2%
- Basic — 11.7%
- Canyon Springs — 5.8%
- Other — 2.7%
This poll is closed, see Full Results »
Note: This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.
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Las Vegas Sun sports reporters Ray Brewer and Case Keefer recount their experience coaching the Las Vegas All-Star team against Findlay Prep in basketball and move on to football talk in the 11th Prep Sports Now of the year.
Kai Nacua had the touchdown trifecta. He threw, ran and received a score, while Niko Kapeli rushed for one touchdown.
The Patriots (8-1, 5-0 division) were up 41-19 at the half, and Liberty coach Rich Muraco opted to rest Kapeli and only play Nacua on defense.
“They were beasts,” Muraco said of his senior leaders.
In the past two years, the Liberty-Foothill battle served as the stage to decide which team would emerge with the top seed from the Southeast Division.
But it was a meeting five years ago that Muraco recalled as a key moment that started Liberty’s journey to becoming one of the top programs in the valley.
“Five years ago, we lost to Foothill and missed out on the playoffs. We used that as motivation and built on that every year,” Muraco said. “When we weren’t winning, it wasn’t because we had bad players, or we were worse coaches. It was just a culture within the team.”
The Patriots’ program has come a long way from that game, and Muraco said that the success starts at the freshman and junior varsity levels.
More importantly, the culture at Liberty has changed.
“The kids believe,” Muraco said. “All of a sudden you’re winning close games, winning playoff games and making a run at state.”
The Patriots start their journey back to the state championship game against Silverado next Friday in the Sunrise Regional tournament.
The Falcons (3-6, 2-3) draw Northeast Division champions Green Valley in Sunrise Regional tournament.