By: Christian Kahle
This Friday at Tiger Stadium, the 1997 state championship team will be remembered. The Liberty Center 1997 team was very fast, and they had playmakers all over the field. They had one tough loss in the regular season to Patrick Henry. When they made the playoffs, the first game was going to be a hard one. They had Marion Pleasant who were the defending champions and were on a 20-plus win streak. Pleasant got up early in the first; it was 12-0. The Tigers ended up coming back and winning 21-19. The next game was another great challenge. It was time to get revenge. LC and PH face off again this time LC ruled the game winning 40 to 14.
With the win, the Tigers made it to the state semi final, and they were rolling over teams. Their next game was against Waynedale. This was the fight to get to that championship game. The Tigers went into this game playing hard and fast and it soon paid off. The Tigers left with a huge win: Liberty Center 44, Waynedale 8. The Tigers were going to the state championship game. They would face off against Amanda-Clearcreek. This game made history in state playoffs. With a huge point margin. Liberty Center again hit in the 40s and held the opponent to 8 points. The final score was 49 to 8.
To honor the 1997 team, the Tigers will wear replica jerseys tonight when they take on Toledo Woodward. Come out to Tiger Stadium and cheer on the Tigers.