The Dairy Bowl started with Liberty Ranch kicking off to Galt High. Galt was not able to move the ball and punted, giving it to Liberty Ranch on the Warrior 40-yard line.
After a bunch of carries by Arthur Draeger, Gavin O’Brien carried it into the end zone. The extra point was good, and the score was Liberty Ranch 7, Galt 0 with 7:12 left in the first quarter.
Galt was able to get moving on a 40-yard-long pass to Levy Humphreys and Galt scored on a quarterback keeper. Draeger made it through the line and blocked the kick, leaving the score 7-6 with 3:46 in the first quarter.
The Hawks kept their momentum when Kymani Fenika grabbed the kick-off and ran it back to the Warrior 35-yard line. Draeger ran another in and with the extra point no good, it left the score Liberty Ranch 13, Galt 6 with 2:11 left in the first quarter.
The Warriors were unable to move the ball and punted. The Hawk’s Fenika grabbed the punt and ran it into the end zone for another touchdown, then the Hawks were successful with a two-point conversion and the score was Liberty Ranch 21, Galt 6 at the end of the first quarter.
The Warriors’ next end zone attempt was once again unsuccessful, and the ball was turned over to the Hawks. Draeger ran through the hole made by the offensive line and scored once again; the extra point was good and the score was Liberty Ranch 28, Galt 6, with 9:53 left in the half.
After that Galt quarterback Cole Erman connected a pass with Humphreys and the Warriors began to make progress toward the end zone. After multiple carries by Jeremy Freitas, the Warriors just couldn’t make it into the end zone and the ball was turned over to the Hawks on the one-yard line.
On the very next play, Draeger ran the ball to the Warriors’ 35-yard line, racking up those yards. The Warrior defense was having some success holding the offense off as the half was ending.
Time was running out and, with 55 seconds left in the first half, Liberty Ranch decided to go for a field goal from the 30-yard line. The 40-yard kick by Logan McCreery was good, and the score was Liberty Ranch 31, Galt 6 at the sound of the buzzer.
The second half started off hopeful for the Warriors when they were able to score on an 80-yard pass/run to Humphreys, but the two-point conversion was stopped by the Hawk defense. That would be the last time the Warriors would put points on the board, with 31 for Liberty Ranch, 12 for Galt.
Liberty Ranch didn’t quite make it to the end zone on the next set of downs, so McCreery scored on another field goal from the 40, making the score 34-12 before turning the ball over to the Warriors.
The Warriors were forced once again to turn the ball over to Liberty Ranch and Brett Hughes found the end zone, and the score was 41-12 at the beginning of the fourth quarter.
Liberty Ranch’s Mathew Overall found the end zone for the last time, making the final score Hawks 48, Warriors 12.
Galt Head Coach Tim Cobleigh says his team played hard, “Myself and the coaching staff are extremely proud of how hard the athletes played on Friday night.”
Liberty Ranch Head Coach Anthony Linebaugh is looking ahead to the playoffs.
“This was a solid victory over a good team in Galt High School,” Linebaugh said. “Truly a team win with respect to how we played on offense, defense, and in special teams. We are very excited about hosting a first round playoff game this Friday at Hawk Stadium and appreciate the support from students, staff, player families and the community.”