The Patriots have won nine straight games after an 0-5 start and hope to win their first state football title in their fourth try when they meet Centennial on Saturday.
Senior Jordan Smith has rushed for 1,711 yards and 24 touchdowns and eclipsed the 100-yard mark eight times in helping Centennial reach its first state championship game.
Liberty trailed by 10 points in the third quarter, but scored the final 28 in a 42-24 Class 4A state semifinal win over host Bishop Manogue on Saturday.
Colton Tenney threw three touchdown passes as Centennial defeated previously unbeaten Desert Pines 20-7 on Saturday in the Mountain Region championship game at Eldorado High.
The Jaguars have dominated their opponents to the tune of 47-9 on average, thanks to a balanced offense and nasty defense littered with Division I talent.
Centennial, which won one game two seasons ago, will play Desert Pines at 4:10 p.m. Saturday at Eldorado High School in the Class 4A state football semifinals.
The Patriots made changes in the lines and secondary, and they inserted Daniel Britt at quarterback. They’re 8-0 since, including Friday’s 30-24 win over Bishop Gorman.
Mason Thornock scored on an 85-yard kickoff return and a 15-yard run, but the Lynx’s comeback bid fell short in a 33-22 loss to Yerington on Saturday at Carson City High.
Liberty’s 30-24 overtime win over Bishop Gorman on Friday ended the Gaels’ streak of 10 straight state championships and a 115-game winning streak against in-state opponents.
Reece Thornton ran for 117 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries as Pahranagat Valley won its 21st state football championship with a 28-14 victory Friday night.