Patriots suffer tough ending to a triumphant season

December 11, 2009

NEW — 11 a.m. Dec. 11, 2009

Liberty High School’s football team came within six points of winning its first state championship in 21 years on Dec. 4.

However, the Patriots were unable to close the gap, falling to the rival Bellevue Wolverines 23-17 in the Tacoma Dome.

“Right now, it’s tough to swallow that we lost,” Liberty quarterback Trey Wheeler said after the game.

The Wolverines came out with guns blazing, taking the ball first, marching down the field, converting on two fourth downs and scoring a touchdown. The 80-yard drive took eight minutes and 55 seconds.

Liberty blocked Bellevue’s extra point, holding Bellevue’s lead to 6-0, but Liberty’s offense immediately stalled on its first drive with three-straight incomplete passes.

On Bellevue’s next drive, it marched down the field once again. This time, Liberty was able to stop Bellevue at the 9-yard line, forcing Bellevue to kick a field goal and only increase its lead to 9-0.

On Liberty’s next drive, running back Chandler Jenkins broke a 72-yard touchdown run on the second play. The extra point brought Bellevue’s lead to 9-7.

Bellevue had no trouble marching 78 yards on its next drive for another touchdown, increasing its lead to 16-7 going into halftime.

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