Atholton takes advantage, takes 23-8 triumph Liberty suffers defensive mistakes

September 11, 1993|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Staff Writer

Atholton had too much of everything for Liberty last night and rolled to a 23-8 football victory at Liberty.

The Raiders put on an offensive clinic most of the night against the mistake-prone Liberty defense and came away with their second victory in two starts this season.

Atholton turned two Lions fumbles into touchdowns for a 13-0 lead 7:10 into the game.

Carlando Love scored both of the first-quarter touchdowns for Atholton and finished the night with three touchdowns.

Love scored on runs of 18, 1 and 4 yards and also picked up several important first downs for the Raiders.

Love's 4-yard touchdown came at the end of a 77-yard Atholton drive after the Raiders took the second-half kickoff.

Atholton used 7:57 with the 13-play march that gave the Raiders a 23-0 lead.

Atholton had taken a 16-0 advantage on a 21-yard field goal by Chris Buscher in the second quarter.

Liberty (0-2), seeking its first victory under new coach Ken Johnson, had a chance to get back into the game midway through the second quarter before Buscher's field goal.

But a fumble by Liberty's Eric Cook at the Atholton 1-yard line took a lot of fight out of the home team.

On a fourth-and-three at the 9, Cook ran around the left side and was headed for the end zone when he was hit and fumbled.

VTC The ball went into the end zone and was recovered by Atholton.

One official started to signal touchdown, indicating Cook had crossed the plane of the goal line before he fumbled. But he was apparently overruled, and the play was called a touchback, with Atholton getting the ball on its 20.

"I thought it was a touchdown," said Johnson. "That play really hurt us because, as young as we are, we needed that score."

Johnson said he again was pleased with the way his Delaware wing-T offense moved the ball, but he didn't like four fumbles by his team in the first half -- three of them in the first quarter.

Atholton coach Don Van Deusen said he liked almost everything he saw from his team last night, except a few defensive plays.

"The wing-T is tough to defense, but we did a decent job of it," said the Raiders coach. "I liked the way we moved the ball down the field in the third quarter against the wind and the way we took advantage of their turnovers."

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