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Liberty falls as Brookville has late run

By Mike Forster

  Brookville showed a number of things in its 55-14 win over homestanding Liberty last Friday night.

The Bees showed why they are the defending (Div. 3) State champions.

They showed that they can strike with lightning quickness from the air or on the ground.

They showed that they may have the finest quarterback in the state of Virginia in Kendall BeCraft.

They also showed that they have no compunction about being cruel and unkind.

"Every time we got out off our game, they made us pay," rued Liberty Head Coach Chris Watts.  "They're a good team."

Liberty fought its way back from a 20-0 halftime deficit.  After Tre'von Lightfoot hauled in a 57-yard touchdown pass on a halfback option (Matthew Smith doing the tossing), the board read 20-7.  After Austin Porter finished off a short drive with a four-yard dash into the end zone, the score stood at 20-14.

The Liberty fans who had packed the stands full and who were three-deep along the fence line went nuts (in a good way).

The euphoria lasted all of 16 seconds (as measured by the game clock).  That's because Anthony Calloway raced 68 yards on the very next play from scrimmage.  Calloway's dash, off an inside trap, didn't change the mood at Minutemen Stadium.  It merely changed from which side the revelry came.

"When it got to 20-14, I saw the kids flip the switch," said Brookville Head Coach Jeff Woody, of his team's sudden resurgence.  "Still, it shouldn't take that."

The Bee faithful quickly found more for which to cheer.  After the Bee-fense held Liberty to a four-and-out, BeCraft threw on three straight downs.  His third strike found Hilson Atkins alone in the end zone.  The touchdown made it 34-14 and iced the game, for all intents and purposes.

Liberty, for its part, faltered.  "We let our emotions get the better of us in the second half," said Watts.  "That plays into (Brookville's) hands."

We'd be remiss not to note the play of BeCraft.  He was Picasso:   The field was his canvass and the ball was his brush.  The solid Liberty pass defense forced BeCraft to go to his third and fourth receiving options:  something you just don't see at this level.

"(BeCraft) can read defenses very well," noted Woody.  "He has good patience."

Speaking of patience, Coach Watts' was certainly tested as his team squandered a first half opportunity.  Down 10-0, Liberty QB Porter led a drive that started on his own 15 yard line.

Chase Key's 35-yard dash (aided by beautiful blocks from Hunter Patterson, Lee Overstreet, Ben Goad and Hunter Taylor) and an 11-yard gallop by Matthew Smith helped push the M-Men to the Brookville 20.  A Porter-to-Taylor toss set up Liberty with a first and goal.  But a delay of game penalty and a botched snap had the Minutemen settling for a Porter field goal attempt.  That try, from 32 yards, fell about three feet short of the cross bar.