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April 18, 2014

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Liberty one step closer to another Sunrise title

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Liberty High football players (from left) Samson Monterde, Jozef Misaalefua and Tyler Newman before the 2013 season.

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Las Vegas Sun sports reporters Ray Brewer and Case Keefer celebrate the start of the Sunrise Region playoffs with an all-encompassing look at the first round of games. Don't worry; they save time for discussion on Palo Verde vs. Arbor View and the Division 1-A quarterfinals

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After scratching winning the Southeast League title off its to-do list, the Liberty High football team has turned its sights on the next item: wining the Sunrise Region again.

The Patriots took one step closer to accomplishing that goal, defeating Silverado 41-27 in the Sunrise Region quarterfinals.

“We tell the kids all the hard work and sacrificing throughout the offseason and the lifting the time away from family and friend, and it leads up to this moment,” Liberty coach Rich Muraco said. “This is the first step and we know each step along the journey will get more difficult. We have to play better each game and raise our level of play and execution.”

Tyler Newman has been one of the steady performers for the Patriots (8-3). Newman was again spectacular, throwing for 276 on 14-for-27 passing with three touchdowns. He completed touchdown strikes to Chris Reed, Deseon McQuaig and Drew Hladek.

Liberty also had a strong effort on the ground, getting rushing touchdowns from Tyler Parvin, Ethan Tuilagi and Calvin Tubbs. Tuilagi led the way with 51 yards on six carries.

“It’s fun calling offensive plays when you’re good at both phases,” Muraco said. “Our O-line is playing great.”

While the defense had another great game, there was one aspect Muraco wanted to clean up: penalties.

The defense surrendered eight personal foul penalties, which extended drives and led to some points for Silverado.

“It drives me crazy,” Muraco said. “You want to have aggressive kids, and we have those on defense. (The penalties are) correctable, and I’ll take some of those with our aggressiveness and style of play.”

Liberty will host Canyon Springs in the Sunrise Region semifinals. The Patriots ended the Pioneers season last season with a 10-0 victory.

Paul Delos Santos can be reached at 990-2416 or mail to [email protected] Follow Paul on Twitter at twitter.com/pauliedelos.

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