After looking for a change of direction, Liberty Christian decided to promote a current coach to become the third head football coach in school history. Continue reading
The second head coach in Liberty Christian football history is out, and the Warriors are searching for a new head coach after Greg Price was fired.
Price is no longer the head coach and athletic director and a search is underway for his replacement. Assistant athletic director Zack Vest is acting as the interim AD.
“I haven’t really been given a real reason yet,” Price said. “The reason that was given to me, which I don’t want to go in to, was only said to me for the first time ever when I was removed. There was no warning or anything. I don’t think the reason given to me was legitimate, personally. It was the first time it’s ever been said to me.”
“I do know Liberty Christian is a special place. My girls have grown up there. My wife and children will still be there because it’s a special place. It’s the only job I’ve ever had. I’m going to miss it. I’m heartbroken and shocked, all at the same time.”
Price took over prior to the 2009 season when he replaced the late Mark Bowles, who started the program and was the head coach for 26 seasons, winning three state championships. Price was on Bowles’ staff starting in 1997 and was promoted to offensive coordinator in 2003. Price won one state championship with the Warriors, as the team’s offensive coordinator in 2007.
In his five seasons as head coach, Price’s record was 41-23 as the Warriors reached the TAPPS state semifinals in 2010 and 2013 and the state championship in 2009.
Price announced the move on Twitter late Thursday night.
I had 17 great years at Liberty Christian.I hope to trust inTheLord with all my heart and not lean on my own understanding.GodBless Warriors
— Greg Price (@CoachGregPrice) March 21, 2014
The area’s four remaining playoff teams remained unscathed and a couple of those teams defeated old rivals to keep their state championship hopes alive. It was a great week of football, and it sets up a great way to unwind after Thanksgiving this Thursday.
If you missed any of last weekend’s action, fear not. Stay warm and grab some hot chocolate as Adam Boedeker and I look back at the most recent slate of playoff games.
A strong case could be made for Brad Lundblade’s supremacy over all other offensive lineman in our area. The senior right guard at Liberty Christian is highly regarded by Warriors head coach Greg Price, and he’s long been fawned over by Football Bowl Subdivision schools.
Lundblade, listed at 6-3 and 287 pounds by Rivals.com, has received 11 FBS offers so far and said he’s been talking to a few Big 12 Conference schools like Oklahoma State, Oklahoma and TCU.
With a couple months before national signing day, it seems he has trimmed his list down to three schools.
The first round of the high school football playoffs turned out as expected, with the exception of a couple of contests.
Argyle and Guyer look like legitimate contenders to reach the state championship game, while Ryan’s defense did just enough to help the Raiders advance to a big showdown against Waco Midway this week. Sanger and Pilot Point both dropped close contests, while Krum had the unfortunate task of playing Argyle in the first round.
You know the drill. Adam Boedeker and I look back at the initial slate of playoff games and look at what’s ahead in the second round.
For the first time in what has to be a long, long time, Ryan, Guyer and Lake Dallas all lost in the same week. Those three teams were in the top three spots in the power rankings last week. But since they all lost and Argyle completely dominated Fort Worth Nolan, the Eagles claimed the No.1 spot for this week.
Ranking (previous week’s ranking)
1. Argyle (4). Last week: d. Fort Worth Nolan, 28-7
Argyle bumps up to No.1 because the Eagles looked pretty impressive against the defending TAAPS Division I state champions. And Ian Sadler didn’t look like he was coming off of ACL surgery. He looked like a kid who gave Nolan fits and scored a rushing touchdown, a receiving touchdown and a punt return touchdown. Argyle faces Paris, the defending District 15-3A champs, this week.
2. Ryan (1). Last week: lost to Wichita Falls Rider, 21-15.
Ryan probably should have won that game against Rider last week, but Ryan didn’t and doesn’t drop too far in the “rankings” because Guyer and Lake Dallas got throttled by two really good teams. Since Ryan’s not as talented as it has been in years past, the first two games have been really exciting. I’m still waiting to see how Ryan does against 5A competition. I’ll be waiting until Sept. 28 when Ryan plays McKinney.
3. Guyer (2). Last week: lost to Colleyville Heritage, 54-38.
Well, it looks like my alma mater is doing what it does best – winning in the regular season before losing in the first round of the playoffs. In a battle of future Red River rivals, Oklahoma-bound Heritage QB Cody Thomas outshined Texas-bound Guyer QB Jerrod Heard. A Guyer win this weekend against Flower Mound Marcus (which should happen, since Marcus is without starting quarterback Cole Erwin because he tore his ACL) will keep some of the Wildcats faithful from slipping into a slight panic.
4. Liberty Christian (–). Last week: d. Sanger, 38-6.
Liberty looked really good against a really young and inexperienced Sanger squad that’s been banged up. Liberty won a game despite picking up 289 yards of total offense, which is a testament to the four turnovers Sanger committed and the Warriors’ defense. To Liberty’s credit, it hasn’t lost yet. That might change when the Warriors play Celina this Friday. If Liberty pulls off a win, the Warriors will prove, TAAPS school and all, that they’re to be taken seriously.
5. Lake Dallas (3). Last week: lost to Frisco Centennial, 42-14.
I debated about keeping Krum in the No.5 spot, but since it barely beat Farmersville, that wasn’t going to happen. Pilot Point is 2-0, but the Bearcats beat a Class A team. Basically, there wasn’t much else to do but to have the Falcons hold down the final spot in the power rankings. Granted, they didn’t play an awful game against Frisco Centennial, definitely not 28 points worse than their opponents. But last week wasn’t the best week for the Falcons. I really like Lake Dallas’ defense and think the team definitely can make a solid postseason run. But it’ll take some time to get adjusted to a new offensive and defensive schemes and new key personnel.
The Ryan Raiders rallied from a 22-0 deficit last week to defeat Corsicana and tonight they must rally around backup quarterback Preston Compton when they face Wichita Falls Rider.
Ryan will be without starting signal-caller Mitchell Bridges, out with a fractured fibula, so Compton, a junior-transfer from Southlake Carroll, will be pressed into action. Ben Baby will be at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex to report the action.
Adam Boedeker will be in Argyle to report on the Sanger-Liberty Christian game while we have a team of reporters following the action of our other Denton-area high schools. Join us for our Friday Night Football chat.