Sep 5, 2006
Liberty’s Jennings, the new “Bus,” carries offense
by David Thompson
The fans flooded into the seats Thursday night to see Danny Rocco’s head coaching debut and Liberty’s home opener, but so did the wind and rain.
Even so, the majority of the crowd stayed through the adverse weather, even after halftime. The 8,546 fans that packed
They were not disappointed. The Flames withstood the nasty weather and manhandled the visiting Tigers from
Perhaps most impressive was the performance by
“You can play a lot of games and not get a shutout…Coach Clark did a great job with the defense,” Rocco said. On more than 40 offensive plays in all,
“I figured [
The offense put up a strong showing as well, backing the defense with an impressive running game that featured
“It felt good being back in a home atmosphere,” said
“He’s a workhorse…he’s talented, he can also catch the ball,” said Rocco.
The steady wind and rain effectively shut down the passing game from both sides of the field, as the teams went a combined 7 for 27 passing, netting only 69 yards.
“It was stiff out there, it was wet, it was blowing,” said Rocco. “We became a little bit one-dimensional. I think that kept our point total down.”
Perhaps most disappointing for
“I hope that was the factor,” Rocco said. “That’s something we’re going to address in detail tomorrow.”
A missed 37-yarder in the fourth quarter was nullified on a penalty and the resulting 32-yard attempt was good, giving
Rocco, as has been typical of him, credits the students with generating the environment needed to put on a good show.
The “Fire Drill” planned for Wednesday night, which was rained out, was supposed to bring an excitement to the student body. On Thursday night they proved they did not need any planned activities to generate enthusiasm.
“They created an atmosphere the way college football is supposed to be… It’s the pageantry of it, it’s the fans, it’s the excitement of it, and they didn’t disappoint,” said Rocco.
In all, it was a satisfying performance by the revamped football squad and a crowd-pleasing one at that.
This was just the kind of game that Rocco and Barber needed to boost the students’ morale and generate excitement for the upcoming season.
“A lot of good things are happening here,” said Rocco. Judging by the appearance of Thursday’s game, there are a lot more good things to come.
Contact David Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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