For the second time this year, Liberty played into overtime - this time on the winning side.
The Blue Jays won their second straight game in thrilling fashion, 36-29, in overtime over Park Hill. Neither team led by more than a touchdown in the game.
Trailing 22-21 with 11:29 left after a 59-yard touchdown pass from Gavin Schaag to Bryce Lisaka for Park Hill, Liberty took advantage of a short kickoff and personal foul to start at the Park Hill 27. Nine plays later, Jaxon Hicks scooted in for a two-yard score, followed by a two-point conversion pass from Christian Kuchta to Jackson Froelich and a 29-22 lead with 7:46 left.
But Park Hill (2-2) wasn't done, as Schaag and Lisaka connected again for a 39-yard pass to set the Trojans in the red zone. Six plays later, Lisaka was the one passing, this time to Jacob Conway for a game-tying touchdown with 4:31 left, the last score in regulation. Lisaka ended up with a game-high 144 receiving yards, while Schaag threw for 217 yards and two scores.
Liberty took the opening possession of overtime, and facing third-and-18, Hicks ripped off a 16-yard run, then LHS converted on fourth and inches. Three plays later, Hicks found the end zone from eight yards out, and a 36-29 lead. Hicks finished with a game-high 128 rushing yards and two touchdowns.
Park Hill sustained three penalties on their opportunity, and couldn't get a first down from the LHS 24 on its final three pass attempts to conclude the game.
The Blue Jays (2-2) have rebounded after a season-opening 13-10 OT loss to Lee's Summit West, and a defeat to Liberty North. LHS will face Park Hill South (1-3) next Friday.
"We're getting better weekly and winning these close games now," said Liberty head coach Chad Frigon. "Our offense is starting to gel and we're making timely plays on defense."
Park Hill will return to Liberty, to take on No. 2 ranked Liberty North next Friday night.
Any doubt about the outcome of Liberty North’s 40-0 win over Park Hill South was erased with 20 unanswered points over the first 12 minutes.
The Eagles scored first on a pick-six from Trey Snyder, then followed that with a 40-yard sprint to the end zone by Jacorey Love less than two minutes later. An Eagles’ field goal late in the first capped the 20-point blitz.
"We're just going to keep working each and every week to try and progress," Liberty North head coach Andy Lierman said. "We want to try and get as good as we can by the time it counts."
The second half was a carbon copy of the first in that the Eagles (3-1) scored 20 points while holding their opponent scoreless.
North, ranked second in the 810 Varsity Top 25, will face Park Hill (2-2) next Friday. The Panthers (1-3) host Liberty (2-2).