Southern runs away from Liberty, 21-7

October 17, 1992|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Contributing Writer

Jamar Mullen helped Southern of Harwood run right past Liberty last night.

Mullen ran for 129 yards and two touchdowns, then set up a third with a 43-yard interception return to lead visiting Southern to a 21-7 victory over Liberty.

Southern used its strong running game to dominate play much of the night, especially in the second half. The Bulldogs finished with 276 yards rushing and controlled the clock.

Mullen (16 carries) was a key to that. The 5-foot-11, 155-pound junior running back/tight end used his blazing speed to outrun Liberty. He scored on a 64-yard, second-quarter touchdown run and a 3-yard, fourth-quarter run.

The first Southern (3-4) touchdown came on the second play of the second quarter. Quarterback Joe McCafferty pitched it to Mullen, who turned the right corner and simply sprinted through the Liberty defense.

Jimmy Galvin added the extra point with 11:01 left in the half. Southern took a 7-0 lead into the half.

The Bulldogs completely dominated the second half, but missed a number of chances to score. On its opening drive in the third quarter, Southern ate up nearly seven minutes while running 15 plays and gaining 55 yards.

The drive ended, however, when McCafferty's pass from the 28 was tipped and intercepted by Mike Beatty in the end zone.

The next Bulldog drive lasted 11 plays, but also came up empty. On a third-and-three from the Liberty 12, Mullen raced around left end, was hit and fumbled at the 2-yard line. Liberty recovered to stop the threat with 4:45 left.

Liberty then ran six plays and punted. Troy Dennis caught the punt at the Liberty 45 and broke off a 29-yard return. Four plays later, Mullen ran left for a 3-yard touchdown and a 14-0 lead.

Then, on Liberty's next play, Mullen picked off a Ross Yastrzemsky pass at the Southern 48 and returned it to the Lions' 9. Jayme Block (13 carries, 78 yards) scored on the next play for a 21-0 lead.

Liberty (0-7) then scored its only points. Yastrzemsky's 63-yard pass to Doug Coppeler set up a 5-yard touchdown pass from Yastrzemsky to Eric Priddy with 1:11 left.

Jason Poknis added 70 yards on 12 carries for Southern.

Liberty missed several chances to score. The Lions made their way into Southern territory on each of their four first-half drives, but came up empty each time.

The Lions' best opportunity came on their first drive. Liberty had a first-and-10 at the Bulldogs' 11, but gained only 2 yards and turned the ball over on downs.

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