PUEBLO - Versatile Stephen O’Dorisio ran and kicked for 26 points to lead unbeaten Pueblo South to a 56-24 victory against Liberty at Dutch Clark Stadium on Thursday. Liberty’s normally high-powered passing offense never really got started. Quarterback Justin Mattice completed just 8-of-31 passes for 101 yards with two interceptions. He had a 5-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Caldwell. O’Dorisio rushed for three touchdowns and 169 yards on just 16 carries. He was also 8-for-8 on extrapoints as the Colts achieved a season high in points. “Stephen’s a great athlete with a lot of tools,” Pueblo South coach Mark Haerring said. “He’s got a great leg as a kicker and a lot of speed as a tailback. He hits the hole quickly and showed a lot of vision on cutbacks.” Pueblo South (5-0) improved to 3-0 in the Class 4A Foothills Conference while Liberty (2-3) slipped to 2-2. Tyler Hill was Liberty’s best offensive threat. The senior ran for 136 yards on 14 carries with two touchdowns. Hill’s 2-yard touchdown run pulled the Lancers within 14-7 with 3:17 left in the first quarter but South scored the next three touchdowns to pull away. Liberty senior Shelton Gill rushed for 88 yards on 13 carries and Mattice had 52 yards on eight tries. “Hill and Gill played very well,” Liberty coach Dick Geddes said. “But South is a very, very good football team. They’re more physical than us, and they’ve got a lot of speed. I knew how good they were.” South led 35-10 at halftime as O’- Dorisio had 138 yards on 13 carries. He already had touchdown runs of 15, 27 and 28 yards. He carried just three times in the second half while cat-quick 5-foot-6 sophomore Kameron Rucker got most of the work and finished with 113 yards on 13 carries, with two touchdowns. “There were big holes and blocks downfield by my fullback (Chad Elizando) and receivers,” O’- Dorisio said. “It was a good performance by our offense.” Liberty’s defense crowded the line to counter South’s power running game, and often paid the price. “They tried to put 9, 10 guys in the box sometimes,” Haerring said. “So any time you can get blocks on those guys, you can be gone. Our offensive line did a great job.”
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