FAIRMONT, W.Va — As the Liberty Mountaineers push for a third consecutive playoff berth, a pair of key veteran players have returned to the lineup just in time.
Senior Seth Davis and junior Seth McIntyre came back from injuries that cost each player multiple games as Liberty dominated East Fairmont 34-14 Thursday night at East-West Stadium.
With the win, the Mountaineers improved to 4-3, keeping their postseason hopes alive in a very competitive Class AA playoff picture.
Liberty used a pair of touchdown runs from sophomore Sayveon Beafore to jump out to a 13-0 lead in the first quarter.
In the second quarter, Davis and McIntyre both found the end zone as the Mountaineers extended their lead to 27-0 at the half.
“We finally got Davis and McIntyre back and we have been missing them a lot this season,” said Liberty head coach A.J. Harman. “Young guys have gotten some reps but it is nice to have a veteran backfield in there.”
McIntyre capped the scoring for the visitors with an impressive 37-yard tote in the third quarter. He plowed through a pack of defenders at the line of scrimmage before winning a footrace to the end zone.
The Mountaineers rushed for 385 yards on 46 carries. Davis ran for 135 yards on just seven totes. Beafore ended the game with 98 yards and McIntyre added 86. Quarterback Seth McKinney completed six of ten passes for 84 yards.
East Fairmont scored a pair of fourth quarter touchdowns against Liberty’s reserve players. Luke Pollock scored on a 76-yard run and threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Mason Postlethwait. Pollock racked up 155 yards on just seven carries.
The Mountaineers will face Clarksburg rival Robert C. Byrd next Friday. Liberty likely needs to win their final three games to contend for a postseason spot. “We are approaching every game like it is a playoff game at this point,” Harman said. “We have to win out if we want a chance at the playoffs. We are very familiar with RCB and the challenges they present. We have to come out and bring our ‘A-game’ for sure.”