Liberty Christian Football Back On the Map

Liberty Christian Football Back On the Map

Liberty Christian Football Back On the Map

by Steve Gamel

When Liberty Christian hired Steven Greek as its new football coach this past offseason, the hope was that he could provide an instant shot in the arm for a program that desperately wanted to get back to the top of the mountain. Mission accomplished. While the Warriors did not win a TAPPS state championship in Greek’s first season, he did lead them to the Division I state semifinals – one step away from playing in the title game. Liberty’s 8-5 record was its best overall record since 2013 and included a huge playoff win over defending champion, Plano Prestonwood Christian.

Liberty was one of only two Denton-area programs to come within a win of a title game appearance.Greek would be the first to tell you, though, that not all of the credit goes to him. His players completely bought into his new system and outplayed everyone’s expectations. Offensively, the Warriors averaged 395.1 yards and 34.8 points per game while overcoming a 2-4 start to win six of their final seven games. Senior running back Andre Washington rushed for 2,064 yards and 22 touchdowns while also adding 807 receiving yards and 10 more scores in the passing game. Daniel Greek, Steven Greek’s son, took over as Liberty’s new starting quarterback as a sophomore and threw for 2,495 yards an 21 touchdowns compared to just eight interceptions.

Defensively, Liberty had a bend-but-don’t-break philosophy and got production from a host of players. That included Cristian Driver, a freshman defensive back who tallied 67 tackles and two interceptions (he returned one for a score). Cornerback Collin Gamble racked up 42 tackles and four interceptions, including two returned for touchdowns. Players like that helped Liberty secure wins over teams they ordinarily struggle against. Former state champion Brock came to Argyle early in the season and left having been dismantled, 21-0. Liberty followed that a few weeks later with a 41-34 statement win over then-unbeaten Midland Christian. Once in the playoffs, the Warriors cruised to a 56-38 win over San Antonio Central Catholic before upsetting Prestonwood 24-21 in the second round.

The win was huge for Liberty, which lost to the Lions 49-20 in Week 4. It was also big for coach Greek, who was the offensive coordinator at Prestonwood before coming to Liberty Christian. Bottom line, the foundation of success was already established at Liberty Christian years ago. But with a new head coach and a revitalized winning attitude, the Warriors are expecting bigger things in the years to come.

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