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Bolts clip the Falcons, 61-0

A handful of Liberty High Lightning Bolts (including Kaleb Williams, Ben Kruger and Jack Ankenbauer) bring a West Burlington Falcon back down to earth Tuesday, Sept. 5, at Iowa City West High in a sophomore matchup. The Bolts blitzed the birds, 61-0 (photo by Chris Umscheid).

IOWA CITY– Liberty High’s sophomore football team improved to 1-1 with a 61-0 blowout Tuesday, Sept. 5, over the West Burlington Falcons at Iowa City West High.
Jack Ankenbauer put the Bolts on the scoreboard with 6:38 remaining in the first quarter, when he scored a touchdown. Kaleb Williams added a successful 2-point conversion to give Liberty an 8-0 lead. Williams reached the end zone two minutes later and scored on his second 2-point play for a 16-0 lead. Dawson Zimmerman took a punt return all the way to the house to make it 22-0.
Williams struck again in the second quarter on a short run to make it 28-0 and scored his third touchdown soon after for a 34-0 advantage. Drake Woody connected with Ben Houselog on a 2-point play, making it a 36-0 Lightning lead. Jonathan Gallman, a freshman, intercepted a Falcons’ pass with 23 seconds left in the first half, giving the Bolts first down on the birds’ 5-yard line. Williams again found the end zone with 10 seconds remaining. Ryan Nugent booted a successful point-after kick and the Bolts went into halftime up 43-0.
Williams opened the second half with a long kickoff return followed by a Harold Warr touchdown and a 49-0 lead. Warr scored again with 58 seconds remaining in the third quarter as the Bolts went up 55-0. Woody scored in the fourth quarter on a quarterback keeper with 2:58 remaining to make it 61-0.
“We were proud of their effort,” Coach Jeff Gordon said, “But we continue to stress how to respect and play the game the right way. Football, just as life, has a time limit. You never know when it is going to end. What are you going to do with the time allotted you? How are you going to compete each play, each rep, each day, on the field or in the classroom and in life? Most importantly, how are you going to compete when things don’t go your way?”
Gordon said his Bolts compete every day against perfection.
“If you’re comfortable, you are wrong. We are continually trying to develop a sense of urgency to get better, and by facing obstacles and overcoming adversity, we are slowly developing leadership,” he said.
The Bolts held the Falcons to a dozen possessions and only 67 total offensive yards.
“We allowed three first downs, we forced three turnovers (two fumbles and one interception), we forced them to punt five times with one being blocked and returned for a touchdown,” Gordon said. Liberty also stopped the Falcons twice on downs.
Offensively, the Bolts made 33 rushing attempts for 262 yards and eight touchdowns, led by Williams with four plus a pair of 2-point conversions. The Lightning flashed for 38 plays and 323 total yards.
The Bolts are back in action Saturday, Sept. 16, against Cedar Rapids Xavier at Iowa City West with a 9 a.m. kickoff. Cedar Falls visits West High and the Liberty Lightning on Thursday, Sept. 21, at 6 p.m.

RUSHING: K. Williams 11-118-4-2, H. Warr 12-63-2, J. Ankenbauer 6-49-2, S. Dill 2-25, D. Woody 2-7-1.
PASSING: Woody 3-5-61.
RECEPTIONS: B. Lively 3-61. B. Houselog 1-2 (2-pt. attempts).