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Football: Prestonwood too strong for Liberty Christian

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By Tim Cato

ARGYLE — Plano Prestonwood Christian’s prolific offense rolled over Liberty Christian in a 57-37 shootout on Friday night in the first TAPPS District 5-A matchup for both teams.

Ryan Bradberry did the bulk of the damage in Prestonwood’s (4-1, 1-0) second highest-scoring game of the year, rushing for 226 yards and four touchdowns on 20 attempts.

Behind for most of its homecoming game, Liberty (3-2, 0-1) would make the score respectable with a 21-point fourth quarter that included two onside kick recoveries. The team was not down on itself after the loss.

“Our overall execution needs to be improved,” Liberty head coach Greg Price said. “But they’re a good football team. We’re not going to panic or believe that we can’t be a good football team [because we lost].”

Quarterback Colby Moore carried the Warriors’ offense with a team-high 21 rushes for 119 yards. He completed 15 of 30 passes for 263 yards and four touchdowns, and had one tipped pass that was intercepted.

Other contributors included JonAaron Howell with 18 rushes for 127 yards and a touchdown, Justus Lee with six receptions for 167 yards and Cody Hughes with five catches for 60 yards and two touchdowns.

Prestonwood’s high-powered offense has not scored less than 32 points this season and arrived at Warrior Stadium expecting a shootout, head coach Chris Cunningham said.

Using a no-huddle offense, the team demonstrated its aggressiveness early by converting a fourth-and-9 after a defensive holding penalty on Liberty. Bradberry would punch the ball into the end zone on the next play from 9 yards out.

The team continued to use a two-quarterback system, with Twyane Blackwell throwing for 96 yards and a touchdown and Ryan Cash adding 91 yards and a score. Blackwell would add a touchdown and 103 yards on the ground.

“It gives us two looks and I’m happy with it,” Cunningham said.

Three seconds into the game, Prestonwood’s kick returner kneeled for a touchback after stepping out and returning to the end zone. The resulting safety would give Liberty its only lead of the game.

Liberty is off next week but will face Dallas Bishop Dunne the following week with a chance to even its district record at 1-1.

Prestonwood Chr. 57, Arg. Liberty Chr. 37

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LB — 0 safety, ball carrier stepped out of end zone

PC — Ryan Bradberry 9 run (Luke Wendl kick)

PC — Michael Irvin 17 pass from Ryan Cash (Luke Wendl kick failed)

PC — Ryan Bradberry 41 run (Luke Wendl kick failed)

PC — Eric Stevenson 33 interception return (Luke Wendl kick)

LB — Cole Irwin 14 pass from Colby Moore (Cole Austin kick)

PC — Luke Wendl 29 FG

LB — JonAaron Howell 46 run (Cole Austin kick)

PC — Twayne Blackwell 35 run (Luke Wendl kick)

PC — Jonathan Heasley 31 pass from Twayne Blackwell (Luke Wendl kick)

LB — Cody Hughes 4 pass from Colby Moore (Cole Austin kick)

PC — Ryan Bradberry 1 run (Luke Wendl kick)

LB — Cody Hughes 11 pass from Colby Moore (Cole Austin kick)

LB — Danny David Linahan 10 pass from Colby Moore (Cole Austin kick)

PC — Ryan Bradberry 1 run (Luke Wendl kick)




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Rushing — LB: JonAaron Howell 18-127, Colby Moore 21-119, Zach Keller 9-40, Justus Lee 1--6, PC: Ryan Bradberry 20-226, Twayne Blackwell 9-103, Michael Irvin 2-16, Collin Whitaker 1-6, Eric Stevenson 1-5, Ryan Cash 1-4.

Passing — LB: Colby Moore 15-30-1-263, JonAaron Howell 0-1-1-0, PC: Twayne Blackwell 7-12-0-96, Ryan Cash 7-13-0-91, Connor Smith 0-1-0-0.

Receiving — LB: Justus Lee 6-167, Cody Hughes 5-60, Danny David Linahan 3-22, Cole Irwin 1-14, PC: Jonathan Heasley 6-99, Michael Irvin 5-59, Connor Smith 2-19, Jared Free 1-10.