Before pointing out just how good Liberal looked Friday, some credit needs to be given to Guymon.
New coach Bryan Ballard has a group of kids who believe in reviving Tiger football, and I believe they will accomplish that goal.
Guymon was putting out a solid effort, and the large crowd that made the drive is an indication of the support that will be needed to turn the corner.
There is no question that given the time, Ballard will produce a winner.
Cliff Abbott is working to do the same in Liberal, and in his third season he is starting to see results.
The offense is a clear indication of why consistency is important. Britton Abbott and Trenton Hammond have been playing pitch and catch since seventh grade, and the two know what to expect from the other.
On one touchdown pass, Abbott looked to the flat and saw Hammond but did not make the pass. Instead, the defender moved in, and Hammond went deep, and that is when Abbott made the toss, a 53-yard scoring play that takes more than drawing something up on the chalkboard. Both player shave to know what to expect, and they did.
The passing attack has been lethal in the first two games, and before the naysayers start talking down the competition, Ulysses knocked off Great Bend Friday, 21-14. Liberal was able to chalk up 628 yard of offense against the Ulysses Tigers and 56 points.
There is no question Hays will be a different opponent Friday, but compared to last season, Liberal will be different, too.
The high-octane offense hit its stride. Liberal has more than 1,000 yards of offense in the first two weeks of the season.
Rex Heronemus was able to add some muscle to the running game, and that, coupled with a passing attack will put pressure on defenses to pick their poison.
As far as the Redskin defense, they pitched a shutout Friday and kept the Guymon Tigers to only 71 yards for the entire game.
The Hays offense will be more of a challenge next week, but the Guymon game will have provided Liberal a great opportunity to fine-tune the schemes on the line.
Confidence has not been this high in quite some time, and having a home game to open the Wester Athletic Conference this year is a definite advantage.
Guymon’s backs were quick, and a couple of times they found the corner. But only a couple.
The outside edge has been a concern for the Redskin defense, but Friday night’s game might be an indication that they have shored up the wings.
If that holds up Friday, eyebrows across the state will be rising.