Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017|7:08 p.m.
With three minutes staying in the game, Liberty’s as soon as three-touchdown lead seemed escaping.
Alta High School of Utah was driving down the field with a possibility to cut the deficit to one score, when Liberty freshman safety Zyrus Fiaseu stepped in front of a pass to the sideline.
He returned the interception 70-yards down the sideline, his Troy Polamalu-like hair waiving out the back of his helmet, similar to the red Kahuku flags waiving in the stands loaded with Polynesian fans.
The goal sealed Liberty’s 28-7 win over Alta in the inaugural Polynesian Classic at Sam Boyd Arena Friday night. The video game preceded a nationwide matchup between Kahuku of Hawaii, and Bingham of Utah.
Countless Kahuku fans filled the stands and cheered on Liberty before their team took the field in the 2nd video game.
“It’s a big family,” Fiaseu stated. “It’s what we have behind our backs and exactly what we bet.”
The freshman currently has two goals in only three video games at Liberty. Fiaseu was born and raised in Las Vegas, however represented his Samoan good well on Saturday.
“Since I was in primary school I have actually wished to play in Sam Boyd Stadium,” he said. “This was remarkable.”
Liberty was once again brought by senior quarterback Kenyon Oblad, who finished 28-of-44 passes for 365 lawns and two touchdowns.
“(Oblad) did respectable particularly considering we had some breakdowns in protection from time to time,” said Liberty coach Rich Muraco. “He showed that he might scramble and extend a drive with his feet. He did an excellent job tonight.”
Oblad found 7 different receivers throughout the video game, but senior Marquez Powell was his favorite target. Powell completed with 10 catches for 142 lawns and a score.
“(Powell) is a difficult matchup because he’s so tall and he’s a physical kid,” Muraco said. “We are expecting big things from him this year.”
The win worked out some satanic forces for Liberty at Sam Boyd Arena. The Patriots’ last 2 trips to the stadium ended in blowout losses to Bishop Gorman in the state national championship.
“We lastly broke the bad juju,” Powell said. “It’s great to see Kahuku fans come out here to support us.”
Running back Kishon Pitts likewise had a huge game for Liberty, acquiring 75 rushing lawns and a goal on the ground while likewise catching 6 passes for 43 yards.
The Patriots out acquired Alta 472-331 in what was a fantastic bounce-back effort following their 31-0 loss to American Heritage High in Florida.
“Confidence is a sensitive thing,” Muraco said. “Although you’re playing really difficult groups, when you lose in some cases that’s when the questions start to turn up or individuals begin doubting things. It’s always nice to come right back after a loss and get a win, to get the ship righted.”
Between the 2 football video games, fans were dealt with to a show by Grammy-nominated Reggae artist Fiji.
“It’s big, particularly with it being the first time for the Polynesian Classic,” Muraco said. “They’re going to continue to do this every year. They want to make it bigger and much better. They have actually already welcomed us back for next year.”