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University Liggett football head coach Lou Ray, center, keeps a keen eye on his offense during pre-game practice before the Knights dismantled Sterling Heights Parkway Christian. photo by Renato Jamett.

October 11, 2012
In a matter of two minutes late in the fi rst half of its homecoming game, University Liggett's football team returned three interceptions for touchdowns in a 53-13 win over Sterling Heights Parkway Christian last weekend. The Knights already led 34-13 when senior defensive back Nate Gaggin returned an interception 70 yards for a touchdown. That came at the 2:43 mark. On the Eagles' next possession, senior defensive back KeVaughn Jackson intercepted a pass and returned it 3 yards for a score and he repeated the pick-six performance on the next Eagles' possession, but this time the return went for nearly 50 yards. The three defensive touchdowns turned a three-touchdown lead into a 40-point blowout at the half. The entire second half was played with a running back and head coach Lou Ray put in his second string. All of the Knights' starters received plenty of rest as they now focus on playing host Rochester Hills Lutheran Northwest with a Michigan Independent Athletic Conference title on the line. In 2010, Liggett tied for the MIAC crown and last year they fi nished 5-0 to capture the championship. With this Homecoming victory, Liggett improved to 4-0 in the MIAC and 6-1 overall, thus qualifying for the state playoffs for a third straight season. The Knights opened the scoring when Gaggin tallied on a long run and the extra point made it 7-0. At the 5:08 mark of the first quarter, Gaggin scored on a 3-yard run and he made it three touchdown runs in the opening quarter, making it 20-6. He threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Drew Jerome in the second quarter and connected with Jackson on a long touchdown pass in the latter stages of the second stanza. After that, the defense went to work, returning the three picks for TDs. Gaggin completed 16-of-20 passes for 159 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 146 yards with three scores.

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