Perhaps the best game on paper Friday night took place in Ridgeway where the Liberty Minutemen took their ground and pound game to Magna Vista to duke it out with sophomore transfer quarterback Shoalin Mcguire and the Warriors.
It was a full moon over Ridgeway as the seventh-seeded Magna Vista Warriors drew aim against the No. 10 seed Liberty.
First drive, the Minutemen started moving the chains. Matthew Smith with the 39 yard run into Magna Vista territory, which set up the run from Austin Porter for the touchdown Liberty takes a 7-0 lead.
“We knew it was going to be a tough ball game with the way they play offense. but with the way we play offense we knew we just had to get the ball in space and let the guys make plays,” Magna Vista coach Joe Favero said.
Magna Vista answered with Shylon McGuire's pass to Rodarius Gravley. They would punch it in from one yard out, but the PAT was no good, making it 7-6 Liberty.
But another answer from Magna Vista McGuire deep to Gravley again brought it down to the 7-yard line. A few plays later he went right back to Gravely for the touchdown making it a two-point game Liberty would score again making it a nine-point game.
Out of halftime Magna Vista took the lead after a McGuire sneak. That made it 25-21.
Liberty had an answer. Jamaal Preston with the 63-yard touchdown run made it 28-25.
Magna Vista couldn’t get anything going, and Liberty came right back and went 63 yards to Matthew Smith, making it a 10-point game midway through the third quarter.
Warriors cut it to four and to begin the fourth quarter light it up again. Bryce Hankins 63 yards into the end zone to give Magna Vista the 38-35 edge.
But the next play from scrimmage for Liberty Dustin Hiner goes 75 yards through the hole and into green acres for
the touchdown. Minutemen now with the lead, 42-38.
Last possession, McGuire found Bryce Hankins, who found his twin brother Brent Hankins. He made the play
for the touchdown. That makes it 45-42 Magna Vista.
Then on 4th-and-11 with just over a minute to go, Liberty with the ball. They pass to Dustin Hiner who came down with it, broke some tackles and finds the end zone to put them up 49-45.
But on the next play from scrimmage for Magna Vista it’s Shy McGuire 74 yards to Bryce Hankins who has speed to break free for the touchdown
Magna Vista takes a 51-49 lead.
Liberty with one last chance, but they turn it over on downs as Magna Vista moves on with a 51-49 final.