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Liberty High Football

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.
Liberty outclasses Foothill in 48-25 victory
Friday, November 2, 2012
high school football:
Liberty High extended its division winning streak to 22 games, following a 48-25 win over Foothill High on Friday.
Photo: Liberty running back Niko Kapeli spins away from P
High School Football Top 10: Which team do you think will win the Sunrise Region?
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
high school football:
It’s safe to assume the players on the Liberty High football team are looking in the rearview mirror. Although the No. 2 Patriots are the two-time defending Sunrise Region champions, and extended their Southeast League winning streak to 20-plus games last week by beating No. 9 Basic, the general consensus is they will be challenged come next month’s playoffs.
Photo: Liberty football players Jay Mitchell, Christopher
Liberty proves itself with win over Basic
Friday, October 26, 2012
high school football:
The Patriots got a late score from star running back and UNLV commit Niko Kapeli to emerge with a 28-22 victory Friday over the Wolves.
Photo: Liberty quarterback Kai Nacua takes off on a keepe
Kai Nacua leads Liberty to win against Eldorado
Friday, October 19, 2012
high school football:
Kai Nacua passed for three touchdowns and Tyler Newman threw for two more as Liberty High rolled to a 59-13 victory over Eldorado High.
Photo: Liberty running back Niko Kapeli shoves away Canyo
Liberty downs Del Sol after star tailback Kapeli goes down with injury
Friday, October 12, 2012
high school football:
If Liberty High head coach Rich Muraco wanted to see how some of his second string players would react to game situations, he got to see plenty of it against Del Sol on Friday.
Photo: Liberty coach  Richard Muraco yells to his players
Liberty beats Coronado in memorable rivalry matchup
Friday, October 5, 2012
high school football:
Ball-control won out on this night, as Liberty overcame a number of big plays from Coronado to win its homecoming game 35-29.
Photo: Liberty quarterback Kaimana Nacua falls just short
Kai Nacua leads Liberty to victory in game between local powers
Saturday, September 29, 2012
high school football: D.J. Pumphrey's best efforts not enough for visiting Canyon Springs
With the Liberty offense slowing down in the middle of Friday’s 23-20 victory over Canyon Springs, all-purpose threat Kai Nacua approached coach Rich Muraco with a suggestion.
Photo: Liberty quarterback Kaimana Nacua runs out of the
BYU commit Kai Nacua scores three different ways in Liberty win
Friday, September 21, 2012
high school football:
Liberty High senior Kai Nacua found several ways to score Friday night to help the Patriots down host Rancho, 49-3.
Photo: Liberty running back Niko Kapeli leaps over Palo V
UNLV commit Niko Kapeli has four touchdowns, leads Liberty to crucial win against Palo Verde
Friday, September 14, 2012
high school football: Liberty scores 15 points, forces two turnovers in final five minutes against power Palo Verde for program-building win
If there were any doubts in the debate of Nevada’s best public high school football team, they were answered Thursday night by the Liberty Patriots in the final five minutes of their showdown with Palo Verde. Liberty High’s 42-28 victory in a battle of perennial powers likely gives the Patriots the title of best public school team, especially considering the manner in which they won.
Photo: Liberty's Niko Kapeli from the Sun's All-City team
Liberty football comes up short in California opener
Saturday, September 1, 2012
high school football:
Liberty High’s Niko Kapeli rushed for 254 yards and three touchdowns Saturday, but it wasn’t enough as the Patriots dropped their season opener at host Crespi High of Southern California, 42-28.
Photo: Liberty football players Jay Mitchell, Christopher
Liberty looking to make statement, continue solid play against California school in opener
Thursday, August 30, 2012
high school football: Even though they came up short, the Patriots earned praise for giving a challenge to Gorman in last year's state semifinals
One game last fall changed everything for the Liberty High football program. And it wasn’t a game they won. The Patriots twice led perennial power Bishop Gorman in last year’s state semifinals, and trailed by just one point midway through the third quarter, before running out of gas in a 56-34 loss. While they lost the game, they earned the respect of other teams in the Las Vegas Valley.
Photo: Members of Liberty kneel together before taking on
Preseason top 10: After Gorman at No. 1, let the debate begin in ranking the rest of the teams
Monday, August 13, 2012
high school football: Liberty, because of its efforts against Gorman in last year's playoffs, comes in at No. 2 ahead of Palo Verde
The teams will decide this argument. When putting together the Sun’s preseason high school football top 10, there were two options for the No. 2 spot behind three-time defending state champion Bishop Gorman at No. 1. Palo Verde, which has a 59-6 record since 2007 and is the last local team to beat Gorman, is a perennial power and more than deserving. After all, the Panthers’ lone two defeats since 2010 have each come to Gorman in the playoffs, and they surrendered only 117 points in 12 games last year. Then, there is two-time defending Sunrise Regional champion Liberty.

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