Liberty downs South Carroll to reach 4-0 Defense takes spotlight in 33-13 triumph

September 30, 1995|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

All the talk in No. 14 Liberty's impressive start this early season has been directed toward its potent running game.

Last night against neighborhood rival South Carroll, the Lions defense took center stage.

Josh Denning's 13-yard interception return for a touchdown late in the first half was the game's big play, leading the Lions to a 33-13 win over South Carroll in Eldersburg.

The Lions are off to a 4-0 start for the first time in 11 years, and they also ended a four-game losing streak against South Carroll, which fell to 1-3.

South Carroll cut the Liberty lead to 12-7 with a touchdown midway through the second quarter before forcing a Liberty punt to take over at the South Carroll 17-yard line with 2:41 left in the half.

On third-and-18 with 1:01 left, Denning cut in front of a South Carroll receiver to intercept Lee Windsor's pass and walked into the end zone to push the lead to 20-7.

"I saw [Windsor's] head turn and knew he was looking that way and just picked it off," Denning said.

After a scoreless third quarter, the Lions put it away with a 10-play, 68-yard drive with quarterback Ryan Pagels scoring from the 1 to give the Lions a 27-7 lead.

The Cavaliers defense did a good job limiting a Lions rushing attack that came in averaging well over 400 yards. Liberty's Bill Shaffer finished with 132 yards and two touchdowns, with Justin Barnowski adding 75.

The Cavaliers got a 100-yard night from Mike Chenoweth. Windsor, a sophomore, played a solid second half going 4-for-4 on a drive late with a 12-yard touchdown pass to Tom Lewis.

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