It’s never a surprise when Liberty quarterback Kenyon Oblad puts up big numbers, but Friday’s performance was beyond big.
Oblad completed 25 of 31 passes for a school-record 509 yards and six touchdowns to help the second-ranked Patriots roll to a 62-14 Southeast League victory at Foothill.
“Anytime you have multiple touchdowns, it’s a great game,” said Oblad, who hit 10 receivers in just over three quarters of play. “Our receivers just have pure speed and (Foothill’s corners) couldn’t match up with them.”
The game’s lopsided nature became apparent early, as Oblad completed all five of his passes in leading an 80-yard opening drive that culminated with a 56-yard touchdown pass to Ethan Dedeaux.
Liberty’s ensuing 65-yard drive featured three fourth-down conversions and resulted in a 7-yard touchdown pass from Oblad to Chance Faitau to make it 14-0 late in the first quarter.
“Kenyon is our all-time leading passer,” said Patriots coach Rich Muraco, who has watched Oblad throw 12 TD passes in the past two weeks. “He’s just getting better and better the more he plays. We need that from him.”
Oblad hit Dedeaux for a 55-yard score early in the second and the Patriots (5-1, 2-0 Southeast) followed with a 16-play, 77-yard drive that ended on a 1-yard plunge up the middle by Bryson Delacruz to make it 28-0.
Although the Falcons (3-3, 1-1) scored on a 3-yard run by Isaac Oliva late in the second quarter, Liberty scored twice in the final two minutes of the half, with the first touchdown coming on a 43-yard pass from Oblad to Marqez Powell and the second on an 80-yard bomb to Darion Acohido.
The Patriots led 41-7 at halftime.
The Falcons scored on their first drive of the second half, finding the end zone on a 9-yard run by Blake Wilson, but the Patriots got the points back one play later when Oblad found Terris Hamilton streaking up the middle for a 78-yard touchdown pass.
Muruco said he knew his team would be able to exploit several advantages.
“Foothill is a well-coached team, but today was our day,” he said. “Aside from some penalties, we played close to a perfect game. We have three D-I wide receivers and a D-I quarterback, and Foothill just couldn’t match up.”
The Patriots added scores on late runs by Danner Dunston and Lateef Haskins to provide the final margin of victory.
Dedeaux had four receptions for 142 yards to help Liberty, and teammate Acohido finished with 134 yards on seven receptions.
Dylan Mueller completed 10 of 22 passes for 120 yards to lead Foothill.