Liberty needed this one. Badly. And they got it with a 55-20 win over the Colonels of South Garland High School.
Coming off a solid drubbing at the hands of the Prosper Eagles just a week ago, Frisco Liberty was looking for game in which they could gain a little momentum. But the team they were opposite of wasn’t a team they could take lightly, especially since that same team had just won their first game in 26 tries.
No, that’s not a typo.
South Garland was coming off their first win in almost three seasons which is hard to believe since this was the same football program that had gone to the quarterfinal round of the playoffs just over five years ago. How far the mighty have fallen.
While Liberty wasn’t taking South Garland lightly, they also weren’t going to give the Colonels, under second year head coach Josh Ragsdale, a chance to stay in the game and they made sure of that in just the first quarter of play.
The RedHawks jumped out to a 28-0 lead lead before the first session and walked into halftime with a 28-6 halftime lead.
If anyone doubted who was the better team on the field, the RedHawks made sure they made a point going into the second half, scoring on their first possession to make it a 35-6 game. South Garland would answer back with a touchdown of their own and added on a two-point conversion to make it 35-14.
But back came Liberty one more time, putting it in the end zone again to make it a 48-14 game as the third quarter came to a close. The fourth quarter didn’t start much better than the third ended for South Garland, fumbling their first possession away to the RedHawks and, just four plays later, Liberty put the exclamation point on a game that was already long out of reach.
It wasn’t a pretty game for South Garland who was hoping to build on what they had accomplished just a week earlier but it only means that more work is to be done for this up and coming program that Ragsdale is trying to put back together.
The once proud Colonels have a long way to go, and this night showed it, but they have to start somewhere. They weren’t expecting an undefeated season and there’s no one in town who would tell you that that was something anyone expected even over the next couple of seasons.
Rebuilding takes time and South Garland has the right head coach to do exactly that.
As for Frisco Liberty, they put a W back in the win column and they’ll get a much needed week off to get ready for their district opener on October 6th against Frisco Centennial.
South Garland, on the other hand, will go back to work in the morning in the film room to find out what they need to correct as they head back home next week to face that same Frisco Centennial program.