YORBA LINDA, Calif. (KGET) — Liberty High School will advance to the CIF Division 1-A state championship after defeating Yorba Linda High School 41-28 in the regional championship.
Liberty has won back-to-back CIF regional titles and is now looking for an elusive state championship banner.
Junior quarterback Jace Nixon opened scoring for the Patriots with a 5-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. Nixon played Saturday in place of Cole O’Brian who was in concussion protocol and unavailable to play.
Yorba Linda tied it in the second quarter with a 28-yard touchdown pass from Reyn Beal to Jayden Flaig. Yorba Linda led at the half, 28-14. Liberty needed a turnaround in the second half earn a spot in the state final.
In the third, Jalen Hankins brought Liberty within one score and a PAT with an 8-yard touchdown run.
In the fourth quarter, Nixon connected with Xander Chisolm on a 32-yard touchdown to tie the game.
Then Hankins scored a 12-yard touchdown run to keep Liberty ahead for good at 35-28. Mekhi Delouth added an insurance score to make 41-28 and Liberty would win the Division 1-A Southern California Regional Championship for the second year in a row.
“Our kids didn’t panic, you know, they said, let’s get this done,” coach Bryan Nixon said. “At halftime, there was no wavering. It was like, we’re going to get this taken care of. And they knew it and they had a plan. They came out and executed it.”
Division 1-A Southern California Regional Championship
Liberty 41 – Yorba Linda 28, Final
Liberty will face Pittsburg High School in the Division 1-A state championship game on Dec. 10 at 4 p.m. at Saddleback College. The game will be televised on Spectrum Sportsnet.