Catholic puts Liberty away early with 44-point first half

The Catholic Bears took advantage of two early Liberty Patriot turnovers to build a quick lead, then rolled to a 58-21 win in the District 4-5A opener for both teams Friday night at Olympia Stadium.

Catholic (5-1, 1-0) led 44-13 at halftime behind four touchdown passes from Daniel Beale and a pair of touchdown runs by Barry Remo, who finished 184 yards rushing.

The Bears, ranked third in Class 5A, scored 55 seconds into the game on a 13-yard pass from Beale to Nathan Schlegel. The score was set up by a 52-yard interception return by Myles Wood.

Catholic forced a Liberty fumble on the next possession and took a 15-0 lead on a 9-yard touchdown catch by Daniel Harden and a 2-point conversion.

Liberty (1-4, 0-1) scored on two big plays in the first quarter but were unable to keep up with the relentless Catholic offense.

Javontez Colar scored on a 93-yard pass from a scrambling Khylan Gross to get the Patriots on the board, and Gross scored on a 12-yard run on the Patriots’ next possession to cut the deficit to 23-13.

Catholic held Liberty to 36 yards in the second quarter and forced the Patriots to punt after each of their three possessions. In turn, the Bears scored touchdowns after each of the punts to pull away.

Remo scored on a 3-yard run and Beale found Shelton Sampson and Zachary Jefferson for touchdown catches to put Catholic ahead comfortably at halftime.

Catholic quarterback Daniel Beale: Beale passed for 127 yards and five touchdowns — each to a different receiv