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December 07, 2016
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On the verge

Liberty sophomore quarterback Quinn Jackson gallops 72 yards just before the half, as part of the Indians’ 53-19 Class C Division I win over Burke. Jackson scored three TDs and ran for 247 yards as both he and senior Ryan Henry put on an offensive show for the ages. Liberty 4-2 (1-1 Class C Division I) could secure a playoff berth with upcoming wins over Dover and Onteora.

With Liberty’s astounding 53-19 win over Division I rival John S. Burke on October 6, the Indians, a team that lost a 22-14 monsoon-shortened non-league encounter to Sullivan West back in week two, could be that Cinderella if it beats Dover this coming weekend. Imagine a rematch between the Westies and the Indians! It could happen if Sullivan West and Liberty win their next two games. Liberty faces Onteora in week eight and would be the prohibitive favorite in that encounter. After losing its star running back, Kenny Jaycox, to a torn ACL in a non-league win over Eldred on October 1, Liberty inserted senior Ryan Henry into the backfield. He responded with four touchdowns and 200 yards on 19 carries. Sophomore quarterback Quinn Jackson raced for three TDs and 247 yards on 23 carries as Liberty 4-2 (1-1 Class C Division I) racked up 511 rushing yards against Burke 2-4 (1-1 Class C Division I). Currently O’Neill, Burke, Liberty and Dover form a logjam with identical 1-1 league records. Tie breakers are broken by head-to-head results first and then points scored against each team as a second criteria. Burke beat O’Neill. O’Neill beat Dover and Liberty beat Burke thus far. Liberty and Burke face Dover over the next two weeks. Since O’Neill is -5 in points against, and Liberty and Burke are -21, Liberty, which now holds the tie-breaker over Burke, could make it to the dance if it wins out in weeks seven and eight.

While Class A Monticello and Class D Livingston Manor were also in the playoffs last year, this year neither will qualify. Eldred is likely to face Chester for the Class D title game as the Yellow Jackets would be the only other Sullivan County team vying for a trophy in early November.

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