It’s a pitch play freshman John Lesser and Liberty Christian will never forget.
The first-ranked Patriots (14-0) put their title hopes on the line on one run play – and cashed in when Lesser dashed in on a 1-yard run for the game-winning score as time expired.
Liberty Christian won its first Class 1B title – 34-28 over defending champion Neah Bay.
“(Lesser) is an incredible of a freshman,” Liberty Christian quarterback Mike Olson said. “I was just happy we could pull through and that was a great run by him.”
The win gave Liberty Christian coach Mike Olson his first state championship as a head coach – this is his sixth season coaching the Patriots.
“It’s kind of a life-long thing for me,” Olson said. “I’ve been coaching for 37 years and it feels great to win one as a head coach. Words cannot describe it – It’s just awesome.”
Neah Bay tied the game after quarterback Josiah Greene (6-15, 131 yards, 19 carries, 197 yards, two total touchdowns) took a 65-yard run for a touchdown – Cody Cummins tied it on a two-point conversion run.
“They’re a good football team that can grind it out,” Olson said. “I don’t know if we’d of won if we didn’t struggle against Cusick last week.
“We were able to take that momentum into today’s game.”
On the Patriots final drive, Olson drove the Patriot offense down to Neah Bay’s 12-yard line.
On third-down, Olson was flushed from the pocket forcing him to run 7 yards for the first down.
“We always make fun of Mike because he’s a bigger guy but when he needs to run, he can run,” Lesser said. “And it just…it was awesome and I was freaking out for him.”
Olson’s run gave Liberty Christian the ball at Neah Bay’s 4-yard line leaving only two seconds on the clock.
Coach Olson called a timeout and decided the play to win the championship was a pitch to little-used running back Lesser.
“I wasn’t even a running back to start,” Lesser said. “But it was a great honor to be called on. I’m just glad I could win this (championship) as a freshman.”