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Photo: Liberty head coach Rich Muraco rests his hands on
Liberty's inexperience results in long night, lopsided defeat to Arizona school
Saturday, August 24, 2013
high school football:
Liberty High football coach Rich Muraco knew breaking in a roster of several first-time varsity players would include some trying moments. He likely didn’t imagine they would be this difficult. The Patriots showed their inexperienced today against Tucson’s Salpointe Catholic in the Sollenberger Classic, giving up 28 first-quarter points in a 48-7 defeat.
Photo: Salpointe wide receiver Cameron Denson gets past L
Blog: Tucson's Salpointe Catholic handles Liberty in Sollenberger Classic
Saturday, August 24, 2013
high school football:
The Liberty High football team didn't back down, even when the outcome was certain. Trailing by six touchdowns at halftime Saturday against Salpointe Catholic of Tucson in the Sollenberger Classic, Liberty made small improvements in the second half in an otherwise disappointing opener.
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Liberty reloading with talented sophomore class, ready for national schedule
Friday, August 23, 2013
high school football:
Three summers ago, the Liberty High football team took the field with two sophomores — quarterback Kai Nacua and running back Niko Kapeli — penciled in as starters, and they more than exceeded expectations. Liberty coach Rich Muraco feels another group of sophomores could follow a similar script.
Photo: Liberty High School lineman Jarvis Polu during pra
Wisconsin's Polynesian pipeline could include Liberty lineman Jarvis Polu
Thursday, May 23, 2013
high school recruiting: The 6-foot-4, 260-pound defensive end and offensive tackle was offered last week by the Big 10 Conference power
Liberty High incoming senior lineman Jarvis Polu was a mid- to low-level college football recruit most of the spring, receiving scholarship offers from UNLV, UNR, Idaho and Army. Things quickly changed late last week when Wisconsin offered the 6-foot-4, 260-pound defensive end, immediately changing his status from an under-the-radar prospect to a solid three-star recruit by evaluating site That’s what happens when a national power from the Big 10 Conference offers a scholarship. Wisconsin, and other Big 10 schools, rarely scout the area.
Photo: Bishop Gorman players, coaches and cheerleaders si
Gorman, others prepping this spring to make national splash in August
Thursday, April 11, 2013
high school sports: Coronado and Spring Valley will play in Idaho, Liberty has three games against out-of-state teams; each want to represent Nevada
This will be a chance for Las Vegas area high school football teams to make a statement. During a three-week stretch at the end of August and into early September, nine area programs will open the season against out-of-state competition in games coaches say carry much significance. In addition to getting the players ready for the challenges of league play, they are more than aware of the obvious: The local brand of football is gaining respect nationally each year, meaning teams will be playing for more than the school name on the front of their jersey. They’ll also be representing ...
Photo: Liberty coach  Richard Muraco yells to his players
Liberty schedules games with powers in California, Arizona for next two years
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
high school football:
The Liberty High football team has been a Las Vegas-area power the past two seasons. Starting next year, coach Rich Muraco will put his team in position to make a splash nationally. The Patriots’ nonconference schedule the next two seasons will feature games against tough out-of-state competition, including a home-and-home series against Arizona state champion Hamilton.
Photo: The Bishop Gorman Gaels football team poses for ph
Gorman's dynasty, which now includes four straight titles, far from finished
Saturday, December 1, 2012
high school football: Gorman's underclassmen have a hand in five TDs in helping Gaels beat Liberty 63-10 for state title, set table for future championship runs
This wasn’t the first time Bishop Gorman High quarterback Anu Solomon completed a long touchdown pass in a big game. Seconds before halftime Saturday in the Division-I high school football state championship game against Liberty at Sam Boyd Stadium, Solomon connected on a short pass to tight end Alize Jones. Jones did the rest in outracing the Liberty defense for a 78-yard touchdown and 18-point Gorman lead at the break. The completion gave Solomon more than 10,000 passing yards for his four-year career. He would finish with 199 yards and four touchdowns, leading Gorman to its fourth straight state championship ...
State championship live blog: Gorman wins fourth straight title
State championship live blog: Gorman wins fourth straight title
Saturday, December 1, 2012
high school football: Liberty no match as Gorman rolls to 63-10 victory
Sam Boyd Stadium has transformed into a party site for those in orange, gray and blue. The Bishop Gorman players, coaches and fans are celebrating a fourth consecutive Nevada state championship.
Photo: The Bishop Gorman footabll team takes to the field
Bishop Gorman's football dynasty by the numbers
Friday, November 30, 2012
high school football: The Gaels, which play Liberty in the state finals Saturday, have won the past three championship games by an average of 41 points
When looking at the following figures, it’s tough to find a flaw in the Bishop Gorman High football team’s dynasty. The Gaels at 12:15 p.m. Saturday will take on Liberty in the state championship game at Sam Boyd Stadium, looking to become the first Nevada team since Reno in the 1950s to win four straight titles. Here’s a look at the dominance:
Photo: Liberty players sing their fight song after defeat
This game against Bishop Gorman will be under different circumstances for Liberty
Friday, November 30, 2012
high school football: The state championship game is a rematch of the first home game in Liberty history — a 70-0 loss to Gorman in 2003
This game was over before it started. That was the theme on several Friday nights for the Liberty High football program in the school’s initial seasons, struggling because housing developments near the Henderson school were still being constructed and enrollment numbers were too low to be field competitive athletic teams. One game stands out for Patriots’ coach Rich Muraco: In the first home game in school history, they were defeated by Bishop Gorman, 70-0.
Photo: Bishop Gorman High football coach Tony Sanchez and
A state championship win Saturday would put Bishop Gorman in exclusive company
Thursday, November 29, 2012
high school football: Three-time defending state champions Gaels looking to become first team since 1950s to win four straight titles
The Bishop Gorman High football team could re-write the record books Saturday in the state championship game. The Gaels can become the first Nevada school since the 1950s to win four straight large-school titles Saturday when they take on Liberty in the championship game at 12:15 p.m. at Sam Boyd Stadium.
Photo: Liberty High's Kai Nacua celebrates with teammates
Liberty makes quick work of Coronado for Sunrise title, has confidence it can compete next week against Gorman
Saturday, November 24, 2012
high school football: Blowout victory against Coronado gives Liberty its first appearance in the state title game, where they'll face three-time defending state champion Gorman
Kai Nacua could have easily been rattled. The Liberty High quarterback fumbled on the first play of Saturday’s Sunrise Regional championship game against visiting Coronado, committing a turnover that was scooped up by a Coronado defender and returned for a 13-yard touchdown. Just eight seconds into the game and the two-time defending region champion Patriots trailed by a touchdown. But, with Nacua guiding the offense, the deficit lasted just a few minutes. Nacua backed up claims that he’s one of the state’s best players, accounting for seven touchdowns and single-handedly taking the game over in a 59-20 Liberty win.
Photo: Liberty players sing their fight song after defeat
State or bust: Liberty hopes the third time is a charm in state semifinals
Thursday, November 22, 2012
high school football: Liberty has lost the past two years in the state semifinals, will face rival Coronado at 1 p.m. Saturday with a berth in title game at stake
When Rich Muraco took over as the Liberty High football coach in 2009, the Patriots had never made the playoffs and had won just 14 games in the school’s previous six years of existence. Some four years later, they will play for their third straight Sunrise Regional championship at 1 p.m. Saturday against visiting Coronado. The goal was simple during Muraco’s first season: Make the playoffs.
Photo: Canyon Springs running back Donnel Pumphrey is tac
Liberty shuts out Canyon Springs, one game away from third straight Sunrise title
Saturday, November 17, 2012
high school football:
Late in the second quarter, Canyon Springs High had a golden opportunity to tie the game against Liberty High. The Pioneers were on the Liberty 8-yard line, and were seemingly ready to score behind the legs of senior running back Donnel Pumphrey.
Photo: Liberty quarterback Kaimana Nacua runs out of the
Nacua, Patriots advance with win over Silverado
Friday, November 9, 2012
high school football:
Kai Nacua rushed for 148 yards and four touchdowns to lead top-seeded Liberty High to a 33-14 victory over Silverado High in the Sunrise Region quarterfinals.

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