It’s been three years since the Liberty County High School Panthers played Statesboro, but between 2010 and 2013 the Panthers went 1-3 against the Blue Devils.
Liberty is 1-0 after downing Bradwell Institute 53-13 at Hokey Jackson Stadium last week. Senior quarterback Jaalon Frazier completed 8-of-12 passes for 203 yards and four touchdowns.
During a fake punt Elisha Polite went 1-for-1 hitting Tracy White for a 40 yard touchdown pass. Frazier led the offense in rushing with 67 yards on five carries. Sophomore Kris Coleman netted 35 yards on six carries.
Richard LeCounte rushed for 12 yards but had 3 receptions for 71 yards and two touchdowns. He also had a 75 yard punt returned for a touchdown and a 75 yard kick return for a touchdown. He finished the night with 233 all-purpose yards.
Leading the defense was junior Traveon Freeman with 16 total tackles including 5 for loss of yards. Senior Antonio Golden had a sack and Sam
Roberts and Josh Washington each had one pass deflection.
The Blue Devils are coming off a 28-17 loss against Burke County last Friday. But Statesboro is hungry. For the last two years the perennial powerhouse was rocked by 2-8 seasons. Head coach Steve Pennington told the Statesboro Herald that something felt different about this year’s team giving him confidence they will have a productive season, especially in their new region 2-AAAA.
Kick-off is at 7:30 p.m. Friday.