Pittsburg 7 – Liberty 35, Final

CIF 1-A State football semifinal

UPDATE (11:25 p.m.): Liberty has won its CIF Division 1-A state semifinal defeating Pittsburg High School, 35-7. Liberty advances to the 1-A state championship game next week and will face Serra (Gardena) at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo.

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — Liberty High School is getting ready to play one of the biggest games in its football program’s history — a CIF state semifinal at Bakersfield College. A win Saturday could be a legacy-defining moment for their revered coach Bryan Nixon.

As accomplished as Nixon is, his trophy shelf is missing a state championship. Nixon and Liberty came close the state title game back in 2015. Led by current pros Jordan Love and linebacker Krys Barnes, the Patriots suffered a crushing loss 28-24 to Del Oro.

On Saturday, Liberty has earned another chance at the state championship, but they’ll have their work cut out for them in a formidable Pittsburg team.

“They are a really good football team. You are going to see really good football teams this time of year,” Nixon said. “They Are really well-coached and they get after it. We are just going to have to execute a game plan and minizine mistakes.”