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October 27th, 2021

warrior 8thEisenhower Warrior Xavier Tafoya moves the ball against the Comanche Coyotes Thursday. The Warriors had leads twice but ended up falling short 20-16. L&T photo/Earl WattSpecial to the Leader & Times


Liberal’s middle school football teams played four games Thursday, but could not come away with a win.

The Eisenhower seventh grade Warriors dropped their fourth game of the season to Dodge City Comanche 34-0. 

The Warriors struggled to keep up with a stable of powerful Coyotes running backs. 

Jayden Heronemus led the team in tackles and offensive yards and ran hard all night. Defensively Trent Holmes and Justin Lopez were pests for the Coyotes all night consistently getting into the backfield.

Mistakes plagued the eighth grade Warriors as they dropped a heart breaker 20-16. 

The Warriors started off great with a powerful drive down the field capped off by an 11-yard touchdown strike to James Fieser from Blayden Betts. They connected again on the two-point conversion and took an 8-0 lead. 

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The Coyotes responded with a score on their opening drive. The two-point conversion failed, and the Warriors led 8-6. 

The warriors fumbled the kickoff and gave the ball back to the Coyotes. They were able to hold with goal line stand late in the second quarter, and the halftime score was 8-6. 

In the second half the Coyotes scored to take a 12-8 lead. 

On the Warriors next drive they caught a break as Jairo Martinez fumbled but right into the arms of Diego Pavia who scooped it up and took it into the end zone for a touchdown, pushing the Warriors to a 16-12 lead. 

After a punt the Warriors gave the ball back on an interception and gave up a score that gave Comanche a 20-16 lead. 

The Warriors fumbled on their final drive to end the game as they lost 20-16 and fell to a 2-2 record. 

The Seymour Rogers Apaches traveled to Hays and dropped both games. 

The seventh grade Apaches lost 36-14 with Angel Gutierrez scoring on a 45-yard run in the third quarter and Giovanni Duran recovering a fumble and going in for a 15-yard touchdown.

“Although the eighth grade Apaches lost 36-0,  it does not reflect how well the players played the game,” Apache coach Fred Kadow said. “The Apaches made some critical mistakes and the Falcons were able to take full advantage of them.”

The Warriors travel to Horace Good Thursday while the Apaches host Great Bend.

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