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Football: Liberty Christian defeats TCA-Addison
ADDISON - Jared Lawson and Brett Metzler combined for 355 yards and three rushing touchdowns as Liberty Christian cruised to a 33-21 victory over TCA-Addison at Tom Landry Stadium on Friday night.
Lawson piled up 233 yards and two scores on 18 carries, and Metzler added 122 yards on 14 carries and another score for playoff-bound Liberty (7-2, 4-2).
Despite the loss, TCA-Addison (2-7, 2-3) earned a playoff berth when Plano John Paul II lost. Tanner Snow provided the bulk of the TCA-Addison offense, rushing for 145 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries.
Liberty took the lead for good at 14-7 with 33.6 seconds left in the first half when Rylee Brown caught a 3-yard scoring pass in the corner of the end zone from Josh Cousins. The touchdown was set up by a 41-yard run by Metzler that took the Warriors to the Trojans' 15. Liberty began the drive at its own 41 after Brent McQuirk recovered a fumble on a fake punt by TCA.
TCA-Addison tried to mount a rally in the fourth quarter, but two of its four possessions ended with the ball turned over on downs.
The Warriors started their first possession of the second half at the TCA 49 and quickly drove down the field, with Lawson breaking off a 20-yard run that set up an 11-yard touchdown pass from Cousins to Caden Compton to give Liberty a 20-7 edge.
Lawson put Liberty on the board in the second quarter with an 18-yard run up the middle that capped a nine-play, 68-yard drive and tied the score at 7. The Warriors converted a fourth down on the drive.
Liberty's offense had scoring chances go awry on its first two drives.
A 42-yard field goal attempt by Dakotah Jesel was blocked by TCA's Kyle Cox to end Liberty's first drive. When it got the ball back, a 73-yard scoring run by Lawson was negated by an illegal block in the back, and the Warriors were forced to punt.
The Warrior defense limited TCA to 41 yards and three first downs in the first half, but a short punt gave TCA the ball at Liberty's 38, and five plays later Snow ran 9 yards for the game's first score.
Liberty Christian 33, TCA-Addison 21
Liberty Christian 0 14 6 13 - 33
TCA-Addison 7 0 7 7 - 21
TCA - Tanner Snow 9 run (Connor Waggoner kick)
LC - Jared Lawson 18 run (Dakotah Jesel kick)
LC - Rylee Brown 3 pass from Josh Cousins (Jesel kick)
LC - Caden Compton 11 pass from Cousins (kick blocked)
TCA - Drew Crawford 18 pass from Jake Hayes (Waggoner kick)
LC - Lawson 94 run (Jesel kick)
LC - Brett Metzler 38 run (kick blocked)
TCA - Crawford 20 pass from Hayes (Waggoner kick)