Article Courtesy of the Salina Post
Written by Tyler Henry
The Salina Liberty’s title defense got off to an excellent start on Saturday as the reigning CIF champs defeated the Topeka Tropics in a 75-45 shootout.
Salina found themselves down 21-15 at the end of the first quarter, but doubled up the Tropics in the second and never looked back, outscoring Topeka 60-24 the rest of the way.
It was a great debut under center for rookie QB Jerod Evans, who completed 13/18 for 155 yards, four touchdowns, and zero picks, adding a rushing touchdown for good measure.
The entire Liberty offense was clicking and everyone got in on the fun, with season-opener touchdowns for Tracy Brooks, D-Wash, Ed Smith, Anthony Love, and newcomer De’Andra Sipp.
Even among an offensive unit loaded with stars, Fast Ed Smith had himself a day, hauling in four passes for 65 yards and three touchdowns on the day.
Defensively, Salina forced two turnovers with Adrian Johnson recovering a loose fumble and Deetray Matthews collecting a pick in the Liberty’s no fly zone.
After opening their season in front of the Salina faithful, the Liberty will hit the road for their next three games, starting with a trip to Sioux City to battle the Bandits on March 11th.