If it wasn’t a dropped pass, it was an interception or a missed assignment on defense as the fourth ranked team in Division V, Liberty Center, built a 28-0 first quarter lead on Evergreen Friday night, then after the Vikings battled back, the Tigers used a pair of late picks to set up scores that finally put away a 56-20 win.
All three of the above mentioned errors happened in the first three and a half minutes as the Tigers built a 14-0 lead.
After the Vikes dropped a wide open swing pass on the second play of the game, Jarrett Krugh hit Caleb Carpenter with no one around him in the flat and 61 yards later, LC was in scoring position to where Carpenter scored from the one.
On third down on the next Evergreen possession, Maguire Vollmar picked off a pass and scored from 10 yards out to give LC a 14-0 lead with 8:23 left in the quarter.
The Tigers scored twice more in the quarter on North West touchdown runs of one and 13 yards before Evergreen got their offense going in the second.
After the Vikes stuffed West for a two yard loss on a fourth down play at the Evergreen 13, the Vikes went 85 yards in 13 plays for a score.
Jack Etue hit Josh Dowling, Free Canales and Grant Donnald four times for first downs before finally connecting with Brian Floyd for a 16-yard score to make it 28-7.
LC again drove deep into Evergreen territory but Hunter Svoboda snuffed out that scoring threat as he picked off Krugh at the goal line near the end of the half.
However, what momentum the Vikings built in the second quarter was countered on the opening kickoff of the third when West went 84 yards for a score to put LC back up four scores at 35-7.
But the Vikings came right back, this time when Donnald picked off a Krugh pass and returned it 36 yards to the LC 31.
Nine plays later, Hunter Van Wert blasted his way in from the 10 to make it 35-14.
Evergreen stopped the Tigers on the their next drive but a Brendan Morris interception of an Etue pass set up a Tiger score on Carpenter’s TD run to give the Tigers a 42-14 lead.
It took Evergreen only five plays to rip off 84 yards for a score as Etue hit Canales splitting the middle for 42, then the sophomore quarterback rolled out and kept going for the final 28 to keep Evergreen in contact at 42-20.
The Vikings had chances to chop into the lead even more but two more Tiger picks set up two more LC touchdowns, the last when West took one in from 29 yards out against the Vikings’ second unit with two minutes left to finalize the score.
The Tigers move to 4-0 on the season while Evergreen drops to 2-2 and 0-1 in Northwest Ohio Athletic League play.
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