As they possess the No. 2 spot in Region 3-3A, the Liberty County Panthers (3-3, 3-1) will have a matchup against the Groves High School Rebels (0-6, 0-3) of Garden City on Thursday night.
The Panthers are coming off a 37-0 region win in dominating fashion when they hosted Savannah High and celebrated homecoming.
Now they will shift to the Rebels, who just fell to Windsor Forest 52-6 last Friday.
Despite the Panthers getting a blowout win over Savannah High, Head Coach Kirk Warner is still expecting more from his team with the playoffs looming in three weeks from now.
“Last week was homecoming for us and a lot of festivities for us,” Warner said. “We had to our job in keeping our guys focused on the task at hand. We started out a little bit slow, but we finished up pretty well and got the dub. Now we’re moving on to Groves this Thursday.”
The Panthers are putting up 17.5 points per game and allowing 19.5 over six games.
The Rebels have only been able to muster up 14 total points and has given up 164, averaging out to 2.3 and 27.7.
But just because the Rebels haven’t seen success this year, Warner still wants his team to respect their opponent and not expect a free win.
“We still got a shot at winning the region,” Warner said about the Panthers’ region standing. “We can’t afford any letdown. We just got to control what we can control. Only thing we can control is these last two games that we got to play – starting with Groves. They haven’t won a game but we’re not going to take them lightly. Our formula is what we’ve always been doing. We just got to run, block, and tackle. A win more 1-on-1 battles. We’re just working on us. We’re just going to approach it in a business aspect and try to get another W. That’s the mindset we have.”
The Panthers and Rebels will kickoff at 7:00 at Garden City Stadium on Thursday night.