The Liberty Lions traveled to the home turf of the rival Pittsburg Pirates on their homecoming in their first of five league games. Lions Head Coach Mike Cable called it “the most intimidating and harsh environments.”
However, the Lions were having none of it late in the first quarter with the Pirates driving down the field looking to take a 14-0 lead. Pirates quarterback Jaden Rashada threw a pass, and as his receiver was going out of bounds, a Liberty defensive back tackled the receiver out of bounds. The defensive back was penalized 15 yards for the late hit. The Pirates receiver did not take this lightly as he immediately hopped up, made a dash for the same Lions defender, and returned the blow. He also was ejected for retaliation. Soon after, a brawl broke out as there was now a dogpile inside Liberty’s 5 yard line.
Cable said, “We weren’t gonna put up with any of it and that was proof that we can hang with these guys,” as the 31-29 Pittsburg victory indicated.