Northampton Press

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Liberty runs to a win

Thursday, October 12, 2017 by Peter Car pcar@tnonline.com in Sports

Turnovers and the inability to stop the running game became a recipe for disaster for Northampton during their 35-14 loss to Liberty last week.

Liberty running back Nasir Legree rushed for a career high 330 yards and five touchdowns en route to a pivotal win to keep Liberty (3-4) in playoff contention.

The loss puts Northampton at 2-5 on the year, making their battle to gain one of the top eight spots in the District 11 6A power rating even more difficult with their current eleventh place ranking.

With four turnovers in the loss to Liberty, along with the night Legree had, Northampton head coach Mark Scisly now has the task of hosting Easton (5-2) this week.

The Rovers are one of the best teams in the area, giving Northampton an even bigger challenge heading into week 8.

“There are no easy week’s in the EPC South,” he said. “Easton is a very good team, but we play good teams every week. We have to take it one play at a time and find a way to win.”

Northampton showed life in their loss last week, jumping out to a 14-7 lead over Liberty in the first quarter when Josh Smith hit Tyrese Brandon on a 60-yard TD to open the scoring, followed by a 34-yard TD run by Brandon. Legree sandwiched a 9-yard rushing score in between both of those scores until he broke the game open, scoring the final 28 points of the contest to run away with the win.

The Kids four turnovers on the night, including three interceptions by Smith (3-of-11 for 111 yards) compounded matters.

Brandon finished with 82 yards on the ground and 93 through the air to highlight the Kids offense.

One thing that the Kids will have to make sure they improve upon this week taking on a physical Easton squad is their tackling.

“We need to tackle better and do a better job executing,” Scisly said. “There were times last week when unblocked players weren’t making tackles.”