The first football game of the season is finally in the books as cross-town rivals Liberty County High School and Bradwell Institute took the field Friday night at Olvey Stadium.
Heavy rains forced the game to be called off in the third quarter. The Liberty Panthers had the 10-6 lead over the BI Tigers as the game was called. LCHS Panther coach Kirk Warner said it was great to get the players back on the field.
“To get a sense of normalcy yet continue to practice proper safety protocols,” Warner said. “Just being able to get on the field and play against a different team and shake off the rustiness.”
Tiger football coach Kyle Adkins echoed the sentiments saying it was nice to have the players back under the Friday night lights.
“We did not have any injuries and we were able to get a lot of inexperienced guys some playing time under the lights,” Adkins said.
Warner said his team needs to work a bit more on ball security, make less penalties and mental mistakes.
Adkins said he’d like to see more consistency in all three phases of the game.
The two teams will meet again this upcoming Friday, this time at Donnell Woods Stadium.
Warner added he liked to see his Panther team execute the plays better.
Adkins said he is looking forward to the next game and the remaining season.
“The ability to play under the lights in 2020 is a blessing,” he said. “We will not take anything for granted, I can assure you. Four quarters of fast, physical football will be expected.”
Kick-off Friday is at 7:30 p.m.
A photo gallery featuring photos by Charles E. Smith and Randy J. Williams can be viewed here: https://coastalcourier.com/sports/photo-gallery-liberty-bradwell-sept-25/