Liberty High School senior running back Thomas Walker nearly equaled North Stafford counterpart Allen Woodbridge in rushing yards amassed--100 to 108--but the Eagles couldn't come close in any other department Friday night.
The No. 17 Wolverines, a Virginia AAA school, coasted to 35-0 home win over Liberty, which had won the previous three meetings between the two teams.
In the first two quarters alone, North Stafford out-gained Liberty by 175 yards but clung to just a 7-0 lead at halftime in part because of two fumbles and 50 yards worth of penalties.
"We definitely didn't have our 'A' game out in the first half," said North Stafford quarterback Chris Ashinhurst, who completed 19 of 35 passes for 275 yards and a touchdown out of the Wolverines' no-huddle offense. "We let them stay close, and that's something we can't do. I don't know if we were still on a high after the win last week [44-6 over Stonewall Jackson] or what. We're only human, so it happens."
By the second half, though, the Wolverines clearly had worked out the kinks, and a 53-yard punt return by Paris Edwards less than two minutes in triggered a 28-point third-quarter onslaught. Edwards added touchdown reception in the third quarter.
"He makes you hold your breath," North Stafford Coach Chris Beatty said.
That could be said for pretty much the entire offense. Even with all the squandered opportunities, the Wolverines are still so loaded offensively--in addition to the passing, Woodbridge rushed two touchdowns--they overshadow a defense whose starting unit has not allowed a touchdown this season. In fact, the defense has outscored opposing offenses, thanks to a 75-yard interception return last night by Jerome Rogers that gave North Stafford a 28-0 lead.
Liberty (0-2) 0 0 0 0--0
North Stafford (2-0) 7 0 28 0--35
NS--Woodbridge 3 run (Bosken kick)
NS--Edwards 53 punt return (Bosken kick)
NS--Woodbridge 29 run (Bosken kick)
NS--Rogers 75 interception return (Bosken kick)
NS--Edwards 46 pass from Ashinhurst (Bosken kick)
RUSHING--Liberty: Walker 27-100; North Stafford: Woodbridge 12-108.
PASSING--Liberty: Iverson 3-14-2 32; North Stafford: Ashinhurst 19-35-1 275.
RECEIVING--Liberty: Childress 2-11, Carroll 1-21; North Stafford: Ilaoa 7-137, Edwards 5-78, Woodbridge 3-35, Baldwin 3-29.