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The Demons zap the Bolts

Washington edges out Liberty High, 38-31

NORTH LIBERTY– Liberty High’s varsity football team suffered its first loss of the 2019 season Friday, Sept. 13, under a full moon at home as the visiting Demons from Washington (Iowa) defeated the Lightning, 38-31.
The Demons, ranked seventh in Class 3A by the Associated Press (tied with Sergeant Bluff-Luton), put up a touchdown and two-point conversion with 2:21 left in the first quarter. Max Tafolla, a junior, scored on a four-yard run with 9:12 left in the first half. Quarterback Drake Woody, a senior and one of the “original” or “O-BOLTS,” kept the ball and scampered across the goal line for a two-point conversion to tie the game 8-8.
Washington wasted no time in answering the Bolts’ challenge, scoring in just two plays. Another successful two-point play followed and the Demons held a 16-8 advantage with 8:16 left in the half. The Lightning caught a lucky strike as sophomore Luke Meyer picked off a pass intended for Washington’s Ethan Hunt. The drive died soon after. But junior Kelby Telander picked off another Demon pass and started moving downfield as the half ended.
The Bolts kicked off to start the second half and recovered the ball on a Washington fumble deep in Demon territory. Tafolla got his second score of the night on a three-yard run, and senior Ben Houselog (an O-BOLT), took a pass from Woody for the two-point play to knot the game up 16-all. Again, the Demons responded, scoring on a short run with 6:02 left in the third quarter. A good point-after kick made it 23-16 for Washington.
Woody connected with O-BOLT Brian Lively, who ran 60 yards down the Demons’ sideline to score with 3:47 left in the third. Ryan Nugent booted a good point-after kick, and again the game was tied.
Washington retook the lead with 10:22 left in the ballgame and added a successful kick to go up 30-23. The Bolts cut the gap to one point after Woody unbelievably escaped a sack attempt, scampered about, and found Kaleb Williams hanging out near the goal line. Williams took the pass in for a touchdown making it 30-29. Tafolla crossed into the Liberty black end zone with a two-point play to put the Bolts ahead for the first time in the game at 31-30 with 7:30 left to play.
The Demons took the ensuing kick off, and made a fast drive for Liberty’s goal line. With 5:43 left in the game, Washington had retaken the lead 36-31. A two-point play was good, and the Demons led, 38-31.
Liberty mounted its own quick counter attack as the final minutes ticked away, but turned the ball over on downs, in Demon territory, with 2:20 left in the game.
The Demons remained perfect at 3-0 in non-district play while Liberty dipped to 2-1.
Liberty travels to Mid-Prairie High School (1634 Hwy. 22 East, Wellman) on Friday, Sept. 20, with a 7:15 p.m. varsity kick off. The Bolts will celebrate their Homecoming on Friday, Sept. 27, as the Clippers of Clear Creek Amana visit for a Battle of the Bolts vs. the Boats.