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Panthers sweep region; BI, Long end season

Football roundup

POSTED: November 6, 2017 9:38 a.m.
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Panther Wide receiver Jaleel Gilbert snags a pass out of the air during Liberty County’s win over regional rival Pierce County. With the win, Liberty finished 4-0 in the Region 2AAA.

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The Liberty County Panthers completed their sweep of Region 2AAA Friday night with a 41-14 win over Pierce County.

The Panthers were consistent through the first three quarters, scoring 14, 13 and 14, respectively. In the fourth with the game well in hand, Liberty didn’t score while the Bears picked up their second 7 points. The first came in the second quarter.

Friday was Senior Night, when players and cheerleaders in their last regular season game were honored

Statistics were not available Saturday.


The Bradwell Tigers didn’t score until the third quarter of Friday night’s game against Glynn Academy and seemed unable to stop the Red Terror’s offense.

The final score was 14-45 in the Brunswick game.

It was senior night honoring players and cheerleaders who are ending their high school football careers. The only seniors whose offensive statistics showed up on the books, however, were Corth Nelson, who gained 51 yards in 17 runs, and O’brien Nobles, who gained 14 yards on 1 reception. On defense, senior Curvontae Bryant was the leading tackler with 8 and 2 assists, 4 tackles for loss. Kj Milner had 2 tackles, 2 assists. Both Andrew Rafferty and Jaliel Nieves had 4 tackles each.

Bradwell’s first score in the third quarter was a 10-yeard run by Nelson, followed by a PAT kick by Kenneth Lockart. The Tigers tallied again in the fourth quarter on a 46-yard pass from Vencent Gilbert to Tah’Dreque Smith.

The games was the last of the regular season, ending the Tigers year at 0-4 in Region AAAAAA and 6-4 overall.


Despite a solid effort Friday, Long County fell to Brantley County 34-8 in Ludowici.

The Blue Tide played hard throughout the season, the football team was not able to pull out a win.

Friday’s game began as most have all year with the Long County holding their own. But on the Herons’ second possession, running back Clifford Patton swept around the right side to score on a 49-yard run. The extra was good.

On the ensuing kickoff, coach Mark Walker had his Brantley team kick onside, and they recovered in Long County territory. After driving the field, Landon Middleton swept to the left for a 10-yard touchdown. With the extra the Herons were up 13-0.

The Blue Tide turned the ball over on fumbles on their next two possessions. And Brantley scored two more times to take a 27-0 lead in at the break.

In the second half, Long County forced a fumble that was recovered by M’Kyah Folston-Anderson at their own 30-yard line. After ground gains by Christian Bass and a reception by Jamel Sloan from quarterback Dominic Rochmann, the Blue Tide scored on a one-yard touchdown by Eric Crawford. Sloan dove in for the 2-point conversion.

The Herons would hit pay dirt once more.

After the game, Long County coach J.T. Pollock said he was proud of the boys’ effort throughout the season.

"The kids played hard," he said. "They really played hard and that was in most every game. It took us most of the year before we found our identity. A lot of the time this year we were behind our opponents in physicality, but we made great strides."

—Mike Riddle

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