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October 21, 2014
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The Agony and the Ecstasy: The scoreboard tells the tale as Sullivan West’s Jared Meola kneels down in shock, dismay and grief, following the most devastating loss of his career. Meanwhile at the other end of the field a jubilant Quinn Jackson smiles with his dad Les after the victory. Last year Jackson threw four interceptions in a non-league loss. This year he led his team to its most storied victory to date this season.


In what was to be a dramatic reversal of fortune, now it was the Indians that were controlling the line of scrimmage, moving the ball effectively and marshaling a defense that would lead to 21 unanswered points and the cathartic 27-19 come-from-behind win. The first blow was a 17-yard run by Fallsburg transfer Shakree Gibson. The PAT made it 19-13. The Westies took to the air and moved the chains, but Liberty sacked Shevak on a fourth and 16 at the Liberty 24. The Tribe exuded confidence, while the Bulldogs scrambled to regain their moxie. A four-yard TD run by Jackson with 11:48 to go in the fourth quarter tied the game and Grant Harman’s PAT gave the Indians the lead they would never relinquish. Liberty led 20-19 and those two missed Westie PAT’s now loomed large. The feisty Bulldogs marshaled an impressive drive, but with a fourth and one yard to go at the Liberty 31, Liberty stuffed a Shevak run and got the ball back on downs with 7:18 to go. The Westies moved the ball but could not sustain drives, and on a late punt attempt, the ball was fumbled and Liberty capitalized on the turnover with the dagger, a TD run by Stephen Johnson for the 26-19 edge. The PAT made it 27-19. Sullivan West had one final chance to even the score as they looked to traverse the field and add a two-point conversion to thrust the game into OT, but it was not to be. In the resumed downpour, Liberty now 2-2 (1-0 Class C Division II) evinced a muted celebration, while the dejected Bulldogs 1-3 (0-2 Class C Division II) were left to ponder their eviscerated playoff hopes. Sullivan West will travel to Highland for a non-league game, while Liberty hosts unbeaten Millbrook. Liberty could garner the one-seed with a win over Millbrook. A loss would render them as the likely two-seed. In other football action, all of the other locals fell. Tri-Valley (0-5) lost to Rondout Valley 69-14, Eldred (1-4) lost 28-21 to the Hackley School, Monticello 0-5 (0-3 Class A) fell to Wallkill 35-24 and dominant Chester pounded Roscoe/LM/Downsville 2-3 (1-1 Cass D) 64-0.