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Bolts clip the Blue Birds’ wings

Liberty High gets first win of the season on the road against CR Jefferson
Liberty High’s James McKinney Jr. moves the ball as Max Tafolla provides cover Thursday, Sept. 3, in varsity action at Kingston Stadium, in Cedar Rapids, against the Cedar Rapids Jefferson J-Hawks. McKinney scored Liberty’s solitary touchdown in a 7-3 victory.

CEDAR RAPIDS– The Liberty High varsity football team recovered from a 27-0 loss to Iowa City West in the 2020 season opener with a 7-3 Week Two win, on the road, against Cedar Rapids Jefferson at Kingston Stadium. The Bolts improved to 1-1, while the J-Hawks dropped to 0-2.
Much like the West High game, it was tough going for the Bolts with little in the way of offensive gains in the first quarter. Senior Beau Miller provided a spark for the Lightning as he picked off a J-Hawk pass, unfortunately, the drive died out quickly. Liberty suffered an offensive blow as Max Tafolla, injured in the opener, again went down with a leg injury late in the period.
A J-Hawk fumble recovered by Liberty with 14.2 seconds left in the quarter set up the Lightning for a potential scoring drive. However, a pair of incomplete passes to the end zone led to an unsuccessful field goal attempt.
The J-Hawks picked off a Liberty pass, which if successful would have been good for a touchdown, but the Bolts’ defense held firm and denied the Birds a scoring opportunity.
Junior James McKinney Jr. put the Bolts on the scoreboard when he strutted into the end zone on a 26-yard quarterback keeper with 1:31 left in the first half. With a successful extra point kick, Liberty led, 7-0. Jefferson rallied back on a drive putting them in scoring position. However, they too suffered from incomplete passes into the end zone, settling for a field goal with 8.6 seconds remaining in the half to make it a 7-3 ballgame.
Individual stats were not available as of the early deadline for this edition due to the Labor Day holiday.
The Iowa City Community School District was scheduled to begin the 2020-2021 school year on Tuesday, Sept. 8, in a 100 percent online format, meaning all sports and other activities are on hold for at least two weeks.