Liberty control Asylum to pick up non-league win

by Marjorie Anderson

Courtesy of the Salina Post, written by Tyler Henry

The Salina Liberty took care of business in their non-league exhibition on Saturday, defeating the Queen City Asylum 59-34 at Tony’s Pizza Events Center.

While it will not contribute to their CIF record, this win is the sixth of the year for Salina, who improve to 6-2 overall.

With several key starters on both sides of the ball resting up this week, the Liberty took this opportunity to work out a number of new additions and take stock of their depth.

The Asylum put up a real fight early, answering an early touchdown from Ed Crouch to Moe Strong to take an 8-6 lead and keeping Salina off the board until the closing minutes of the opening quarter.

The second saw more of the same, as Queen City again punched in a score to take a 16-15 lead, and responded to a Tevin Bush rushing touchdown with one of their own to even the match at 22 all.

From there, the Liberty would start to pull away, putting the clamps on defensively and exploding offensively to outscore the Asylum 37-12 the rest of the way.

It was a monstrous day for star wideout D-Wash, who hauled in six catches for just shy of 100 yards and four receiving touchdowns on the day.

All four of those scores came from reigning CIF Offensive Player of the Week Ed Crouch, who continues to prove himself as the real deal much to the delight of the Liberty faithful.

Salina will be back in action and back to league play next week when they travel to Southwest Kansas looking for a sweep of the Storm.