BRENTWOOD -- Alex Hull returned back-to-back punts for touchdowns for host Liberty (1-0), breaking open a tie game in the fourth quarter, en route to the victory over Concord.

Trailing 30-23 entering the final quarter, quarterback Joseph Tolentino evened the score for the Lions with a five-yard touchdown run. After the Lions' defense pinned the Minutemen deep in their own territory, Hull broke the tie with a 33-yard punt return.

One possession later, Hull fielded a punt at his own 32-yard line and began weaving through defenders and breaking arm tackles on his way to a 68-yard return. Tai Tai Canady capped the scoring for the Lions with a 25-yard touchdown run. Liberty scored 27 unanswered points in the fourth quarter.

Tolentino finished the game with 217 yards passing in his varsity debut, completing 13-of-18 passes with two touchdowns through the air and another on the ground. Conor Green led the Lions' receiving corps with four catches for 115 yards and a touchdown.

Concord's Mitch Daniels threw for 186 yards and three touchdowns, but had only 41 yards in the second half. Mason Knight hauled in ten passes for 138 yards, while Malik Blackburn gained 100 yards on 23 carries.

Liberty 50, Concord 30

Concord 14 8 8 0-- 30

Liberty 2 14 7 27-- 50

L -- Safety, fumble in end zone

C -- Knight 70 pass from Daniels (Algood pass from Daniels)


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C -- Knight 16 pass from Daniels (pass failed)

L -- Canady 1 run (Alvarez kick)

L -- Jackson 16 pass from Tolentino (Alvarez kick)

C -- Algood 5 pass from Daniels (Schmidt pass from Daniels)

L -- Green 34 pass from Tolentino (Alvarez kick)

C -- Rubio 5 run (Blackburn run)

L -- Tolentino 5 run (Alvarez kick)

L -- Hull 33 punt return (Alvarez kick)

L -- Hull 68 punt return (kick no good)

L -- Canady 25 run (Alvarez kick)

Rushing: C -- Blackburn 23-100, Rubio 5-90, Knight 1-5, Daniels 4-(-18). Totals 33-177. L -- Canady 7-44, Cruz 1-28, Maghuyop 5-19, Lee 1-16, Tolentino 9-11, Taylor 4-4, Espinoza 1-2, Oseguera 1-0. Totals 29-124. Passing: C -- Daniels 18-34-0 186. L --Tolentino 13-18-1 217, Oseguera 1-2-0 55, Maghuyop 0-1-0 0. Totals 14-21-1 272. Receiving: C -- Knight 10-138, Algood 4-25, Hollars 2-14, Oropeza 1-5, Rubio 1-2. L -- Green 4-115, Oseguera 3-82, Jackson 3-27, Maghuyop 1-24, Espinoza 1-12, Capps 1-8, Foote 1-5. Fumbles/lost: Concord -- 4/1; Liberty -- 4/2. Records: Concord 0-1, Liberty 1-0.