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Newman sets state mark in TD passes as Liberty routs Del Sol

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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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Liberty quarterback Tyler Newman put on his best Peyton Manning impression against Del Sol.

The senior threw for a state-record nine touchdown passes as part of a 62-12 victory.

“He’s matured so much,” Liberty coach Rich Muraco said about his quarterback. “He understands the game. He studies film. He gets what we want to accomplish going in. He’s really good at recognizing the coverages, makes the right reads and delivers catchable balls.”

The nine touchdowns upped Newman’s season total to 22.

Newman put on display a wide range of throws, hitting all types of routes: short, intermediate and showed touch on his deep ball.

Given the weapons surrounding him, Muraco has made it a point to use Newman’s arm as the centerpiece of the offense and has given him the freedom, like Manning, to check out of run plays if the coverage dictates the audible.

“He’s a really smart kid,” Muraco said. “We have a lot of checks built into our system. If he reads the coverage, he can audible. They were playing off our slot receivers, so we’d use the pass opportunity.”

The win improved Liberty to 4-3 (2-0 Sunrise Southeast) while dropping Del Sol to 0-5 on the season.

The impressive victory extended Liberty’s ongoing dominance of the Sunrise Region. The Patriots haven’t lost to a Sunrise opponent since losing to Del Sol back in the 2009 season.

Liberty draws Eldorado next week, while Del Sol hosts Basic.

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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