The Lubbock Liberty Eagles have been making moves in their inaugural season and after last weekend’s 67-7 thumping of 2015 Rio Grande Football League Champions, the Las Cruces Kings, the Eagles are sitting at 6-1 on the regular season.
“Numbers, that’s what it is,” Eagles owner Brylon Bradford told Developmental Football USA. “We travel to all of our away games with just as many, if not more players than any teams we’ve played against. We played four different quarterbacks through four different games and went 3-1 during that stretch.”
After suffering two pre-season losses to the West Texas Pride, the Eagles built some momentum with a 22-21 road win over the Borderland Warriors to open up RGFL play. They followed that up with their most impressive win yet, a 20-0 shutout over the West Texas Drillers.
“That’s the first time the Drillers have ever been shut out in their history of having a team,” Bradford said.
“Every game has been a test, has been a battle. I think that’s what’s helping us. We haven’t been winning them easy. Every game has been a dogfight, but it’s making us stronger and stronger.”
Unfortunately for the Eagles, that monumental victory for the young team was followed with their first regular season setback, a 44-42 loss against the West Texas Scorpions.
“We shouldn’t have lost the game in San Angelo against the Scorpions,” Bradford said. “There were 20 seconds left inside the 5-yard line but we didn’t kick a field goal. It wasn’t that they messed us over, it was us. Things didn’t go our way, but we learned from it and I’ll guarantee it won’t happen again.”
Mid-way through the season, Lubbock Liberty’s deep, star-studded roster got much stronger when they signed three former Texas Tech Red Raiders.
“At the wide receiver spot we’re stacked, running back we’re stacked, quarterback we’re stacked. Defensive line we’re really stacked,” Bradford said. “We have over 65 players on our roster, not to mention we got former marquee add-ons, Keland McElrath, Richard Jones, and Marcus Kennard. All three went to Tech, did great there and now they’re doing great things for us.”
With two games to go to finish out the regular season, the Eagles have their work cut out for them if they hope to secure the No. 1 playoff seed.
“We got two more matchups against the Drillers and then the Scorpions which are going to be showdowns,” Bradford said. “The last game of the season could have implications on seeding.
“We take it a game at a time, game by game. The way I look at it, our East Division is super competitive. We’ve all had wins and losses from each other. It’s anybody’s cake. We’ve got games against both of those opponents, so it’s up in the air. We have to take every game serious, whether we beat them before or should have beat them. We can’t go in any game half-cocked, because our strength is our numbers and our depth.”
Sponsored by ABC Bank, Bodyworks, Courtyard Marriott Hotel, Elite Steam Carpet Clean and many others, the Eagles don’t appear to be slowing down any time soon with what they’re building in West Texas.
“We just want to continue to grow,” Bradford said. “We want to be the name related to Lubbock, Texas. You’ve got the West Texas Outlaws, who have been around for so long. We want people to understand we’re from Lubbock too and we’re a force to be reckoned with as well. We want to get bigger and get better. It’s a great start, but our follow up has got to be even better. We want to play the best competition on the biggest stages to show our worth. We don’t want to just be known as one of the best in West Texas, but one of the best in Texas, period.”