Liberty’s first four games are all against teams that finished in the top 40 in the nation last season, but the Patriots remain confident despite their 0-3 start.
Jason Orts is a born-and-raised Texan who has more than a decade of experience covering high school sports there. The last six of those came as the high school sports coordinator at the Waco Tribune-Herald, where he also covered a myriad of Baylor University sports. Orts was the sports editor of the University Star at Texas State University prior to beginning his professional career.
De’Andre Washington rushed for 62 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries, but the Aggies lost to Hamilton on Friday night in Chandler, Arizona.
Ja’Shawn Scroggins threw for 248 yards and touchdown passes of 75 and 64 yards to Miles Davis, and the Wildcats’ defense scored twice Friday night against the Skyhawks.
The Aggies are using three running backs — Daniel Mitchell, Jaedyn Jackson and Justin Hausner — to replace the production they received from all-state back Kyle Graham last season.
Four valley high school teams meet out-of-state opponents as part of the Polynesian Football Classic, which will be Friday and Saturday at Bishop Gorman.
A handful of valley soccer teams are making national waves this season, led by the Aggies, who are 6-0 and ranked 14th in this week’s USA Today Super 25 poll.
Bishop Gorman falls to St. Louis 31-19 in a battle of top-15 teams nationally, while Liberty can’t hold on to early lead in a 34-22 defeat against Mililani.
The Clark, Rancho and Valley football programs have had to find alternative places to practice and play games.
The Gaels, the defending Class 4A state champions, defeated Boulder City, the reigning Class 3A champ, 15-25, 25-8, 15-13 in the title match Saturday.
Las Vegas junior quarterback Ja’Shawn Scroggins threw for nearly 300 yards and five touchdowns to lead the Wildcats to a 42-28 win over Adelanto (Calif.) on Friday.
The 18th-ranked Gaels host Orem (Utah) at 7 p.m. Friday before traveling to Honolulu to play the nation’s 12th-ranked team in the USA Today football poll.
The Gaels have won two of the past three state championships, and last year they didn’t drop a set in any of their final 14 matches.
The Gaels won the state championship last season with a 28-0 record and No. 7 national ranking by USA Today — the same ranking they have this preseason.
There couldn’t have been many who predicted the Wildcats’ 21-1-1 2018 season that included a dominating run to the Class 4A state championship.