It was pretty much over by the end of the first quarter. Liberty County went on a scoring spree enroute to a 55-12 win at Donell Woods Stadium Friday night during the Homecoming football game against New Hampstead.
The Phoenix couldn’t slow down, nor keep up with Richard LeCounte. The Liberty five-star prospect had two touchdown receptions and a 70-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.
Sophomore Kris Coleman is starting to get looks as well. He matched LeCounte’s touchdown total making two by reception and one rushing.
Panther Dylan Stewart also had a touchdown reception.
Liberty was up 27-0 by the end of the first quarter. Panther quarterback Jaalon Frazier hit LeCounte on a 14 yard pass for Liberty’s first score. Alec Sutton successfully kicked the point after.
The Phoenix were forced to a quick three and punt. The ball took one hop right into LeCounte’s hands and he was off for a big gain. But a block in the back forced the Panthers to start at midfield.
That set up a four-play drive that culminated with a screen pass from Frazier to Coleman for the second touchdown. Sutton nailed the PAT.
On the next drive, Frazier hit LeCounte on an 11-yard pass for the third touchdown. Sutton parted the cross bars and Liberty was up 21-0.
Liberty drove downfield again and Frazier hit Stewart on a 14-yard TD pass. The Panthers missed the extra point after being penalized, pushed back and having the ball snapped too high.
The Liberty defense was tough all night, giving Phoenix quarterback Calvin Turner a hard time developing the pass or run.
The Panthers added two more touchdowns in the second quarter, taking a 41-0 lead into intermission. The touchdowns came off a short run by Coleman and a pass reception by Coleman on the next drive.
During half-time, the homecoming court was presented and Lady Panther softball player Tia Anderson was named queen.
The entire second half was played with a running clock and with Stewart replacing Frazier as quarterback.
The Panthers added two more touchdowns, one being LeCounte’s kickoff return and the other was a 10-yard run by freshman Markel Johnson.
Frazier played the first half going 12 of 19 for 215 passing yards and five touchdowns. Coleman had six carries for 68 yards and a TD. Elisha Polite had four carries for 46 yards before he was forced to sit out after tweaking his ankle. Frazier rushed for 40 yards on 3 carries.
Polite also had 2 receptions for 42 yards before the injury. Coleman had 55 yards on his two receptions and 2 TDs. Coleman had 123 all-purpose yards. Russell Dandy made two receptions for 47 yards.
Sutton was 7 of 8 PATs.
Liberty is now 4-0 and will play Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Effingham County. The Rebels are 3-2.