Thrill of Gillville returns

Schools across the nation have plenty of traditions revolving around their sports teams, and Liberty is no exception. In recent years, Gillville has become a mainstay of the Liberty athletics culture. In 2012, Turner Gill debuted as the new head coach Flames football team and Roccotown, which was named for …

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Safe(ty) Hagen

PICK — Jacob Hagen has one interception in 2014. Photo credit: Courtney Russo

Captain leads tough defense Liberty Defensive Coordinator Robert Wimberley has coached many players throughout his career. Of all the players that have come in and out of Lynchburg, there have not been many who have impressed Wimberley quite like Flames senior safety Jacob Hagen. Hagen’s senior season picked up where …

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Defense stymies

The Liberty Flames football team improved to 1-1 on the season as they shutout the Norfolk State Spartans (1-1) 17-0. This was the first time the Flames had seen the Spartans since Liberty fell short 31-24 in 2012. Spartan quarterback Terrance Ervin drove the offense all the way down to …

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Dead giveaway

watch OUT — UNC cornerback Tim Scott reaches up to strip Liberty’s Darrin Peterson in the first quarter. Photo credit: Courtney Russo

Jacob Hagen had just taken the breath out of Kenan Stadium in Chapel Hill, returning a fumble 27 yards to give Liberty a 22-21 lead over Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) foe North Carolina (UNC).

And then it all fell apart.

Four minutes and 28 points later, the Flames found themselves down […]

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Playing with something to prove

Walt Aikens had a successful showing at the Senior Bowl and looks to impress NFL scouts on his pro day Thousands of football players walk onto the gridiron every Friday and Saturday, but only a select few get the opportunity to play on Sundays. For players in major conferences, getting …

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Bringing home the gold

Liberty claimed four Big South conference championships in the fall sport season With another season of fall sports in the books, four Liberty University teams earned championships, with three coming in the Big South and one in the NorPac Conferences. Three of the four championship teams continued their season in …

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Striving for greatness at next level


Former Flames QB and Walter Payton Award candidate plays wide receiver for the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars Ever since he was a five-year-old boy, Mike Brown always dreamed of playing in the NFL. Brown’s dream became a reality when he signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars May 7, 2012. Despite making it …

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Football schedules FBS foes

With Liberty in pursuit of an invitation to join a Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) conference, the Flames will play several highly ranked FBS opponents in the coming years. The Flames football team is currently a Football Championship Subdivision program and is hoping to graduate to FBS play in the next …

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Murder and millions of dollars

Hernandez — The NFL is withholding thousands of dollars in offseason workout bonuses. Google images

Former football star Aaron Hernandez pleaded not-guilty to charges, but may still lose thousands in bonuses Today’s athletes are real-life heroes to their many fans. But what happens when one of those stars is charged with first-degree murder? Or what about this: What happens when a team promises money to …

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A ‘golden’ evening turns dark

FIGHT — Junior running back Desmond Rice and the rest of the Flames rushing attack struggled to move the ball against a tough Kent. St. front seven. Photo credit: Ruth Bibby

Fourth quarter mistakes hurt Liberty’s chances to defeat Kent State Golden Flashes in season opener Liberty will host its home opener against the Monmouth (NJ) Hawks (0-1) Sept. 7 at 7 p.m. Due to an ankle injury in the first quarter that caused him to sit out the rest of …

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NFL preview: A quest to be champion

Following Flacco — Fresh off a Super Bowl victory, the Ravens look to their leader Joe Flacco to repeat as champions. Photo credit: Keith Allison

With the start of the regular season beginning this week, teams look to be crowned as the leauge best It is that time of year again. The days of summer are drawing to a close, and the days until the start of football season can be counted on one hand. …

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Flames have Golden Flashes in sight

Liberty seeks to derail Heisman Trophy hopeful Dri Archer as it takes on Kent State in its season opener In 2010, Liberty won its first game ever against a Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) opponent, defeating Ball State 27-23 on Cardinal’s home field. After falling short the previous two seasons against …

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Liberty hopes to reach playoffs

With a reloaded team, Flames are eager to make a run in the FCS tournament With the new school year underway, the Liberty Flames football team also begins a new season and looks to bring home its sixth conference title in the last seven years. The Flames were picked to …

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Coast to Coast

LU alum Jennings an Oakland Raider Rashad Jennings is an Oakland Raider. Of course, the announcement was heard first on Twitter. On April 10, Jennings tweeted, “It’s official! I’ll be rocking that Black and Silver this yr. #Raidernation, let’s go make it happen!” And just like that, the fifth-year running …

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Flames D wins scrimmage

Kinks in the system — Linebacker Scott Hyland intercepts quarterback Josh Woodrum on the first play from scrimmage.

On the game’s first play, linebacker Scott Hyland intercepted quarterback Josh Woodrum after the pass was tipped at the line of scrimmage. The pick set the tone for the rest of the game, as the defense defeated the offense 56-39 in a scoring system developed by Gill.

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