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Liberty finishes strong to secure rivalry victory at Coronado

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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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Tornadoes and tirades

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Las Vegas Sun sports reporters Ray Brewer and Case Keefer open this week's show by discussing the top-ranked high school football team in the nation, Florida's Booker T. Washington, coming to town Friday to take on Bishop Gorman. They then work their way into other pertinent topics, highlighted by a discussion of the definition of "athlete" and whether Green Valley can match Canyon Springs' "quickness".

Even after a pile of penalties left Liberty High coach Rich Muraco fuming on the sidelines he was able to recognize the simple truth of Friday night’s game at rival Coronado High.

“It’s a fun atmosphere when the two schools get together and play,” Muraco said.

Of course it’s easier to maintain that perspective after a win. Liberty (3-3, 1-0) eventually pulled away with 17 points in the fourth quarter of a 45-27 victory.

Along with the penalties that Muraco guessed may have added up to at least 200 yards, Liberty muffed a punt that led to Coronado’s first score and later gave up a 95-yard touchdown run on a quarterback keeper.

“When you make mistakes it’s going to hurt you. You’re going to allow teams to stick around,” Muraco said. “That’s the lesson today.”

Still, Liberty was able to come up with enough offense to come up with an answer in both teams’ Sunrise Southeast opener and extend its division winning streak. Liberty hasn’t lost a division game over the past three seasons.

Liberty will look to continue that streak next week vs. Del Sol High while Coronado (1-4, 0-1) stays home to face Eldorado.

“The hardest thing now is keeping them focused,” Muraco said. “There are going to be some games we’re favored in and we want them to ignore the newspaper stories and focus on getting better.”

Taylor Bern can be reached at 948-7844 or [email protected]. Follow Taylor on Twitter at twitter.com/taylorbern.

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