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Liberty visits Harmony in a Saturday Night Special

Posted on Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 6:52 am

Quarterback Nate Herstich and receiver Jordan Spoonhour will prepare for Liberty’s defense. Photo/Rob Herbert

By Rick Pedone
Sports Editor
The high school football season partially resumes today at 7:30 p.m. when Liberty travels to Harmony for the 7A-5 district opener for both teams.
The game was postponed from Friday because of Hurricane Irma.
It will be the second time this season that Harmony has had a game moved to Saturday. Its Sept. 1 game against Gateway, a 23-14 loss, was suspended because of weather and completed Sept. 2.
Harmony (1-1) has not played since then. It had an open date last week.
Liberty (1-1) is coming off a 43-7 win over rival Poinciana in a game that was moved to Sept. 7 as Irma approached.
Although Osceola County schools were closed all week because of the hurricane, the Longhorns and Chargers were permitted to practice outdoors starting Wednesday to prepare for today’s game.
Coach Don Simon said that all of his players made Wednesday’s practice.
“We had a great turnout. As soon as we got the word out, everyone responded right away,” he said. “It’s good to get back into a routine.”
The game should feature plenty of offense.
The Longhorns, with quarterback Nate Herstich, run a fast-paced spread attack.
Liberty, with Osceola transfer Jaelen Ray at quarterback, showed off an explosive attack that accounted for over 500 yards of total offense against Poinciana. Ray threw for 250 yards and five touchdowns.
“He’s not bad,” Simon said. “They have a couple of pretty good targets, too.”
Receivers Mario Johnson and Richmael Augustin combined for more than 160 yards receiving and three touchdowns during the Chargers’ win against Poinciana.
Herstich also has good options at receiver in Lane Hickey and Caeleb Bass.
This is the first of six consecutive district games for the Longhorns, who host East River next Friday. Liberty will host Celebration next Friday.
The rest of the county’s teams are idle this week while they attempt to reschedule their games.