The Liberty County Panthers improve to 3-3 (1-0) with a big win over the Tattnall County on Homecoming night. Liberty starts off region 2 AAA play with a 35-13 win at home.
Prior to the game Coach Kirk Warner told his players, "it doesn’t matter if we are 5-0 or 0-5 coming into this game, region games like tonight are what matter."
Warner said the team can still reach it’s goal.
"We can accomplish everything we want, but it has to start here".
Apparently that is exactly what the defending Region Champs needed to hear.
The Warriors won the toss, and put the ball in Liberty’s hands first.
With what has become routine, Offensive Coordinator Ryan Glazer drew up a trick play for a touchdown on the Panthers’ first play from scrimmage. Dionte Bowens hit a wide open Clion Hamilton ) for 49 yards and the score. Alec Sutton drilled the extra point and it looked like it might be a long night for the Battle Creek Warriors.
Tattnall drove down the field for six, but would miss the extra point.
The Panther defense then settled in and punished both quarterbacks from Tattnall ending the game with six total sacks. The Warriors mustered 240 total yards of offense, but that wasn’t nearly enough.
The wet playing field didn’t slow the Liberty rushing attack.
The Panthers chewed up 371 yards on the ground. Following a blocked Panther punt, Tattnall Quarterback Deondre Johnson would slip through for a rushing touchdown of his own. Unfortunately for the Warriors that was the last time they would see the end zone.
In the 4th quarter, linebacker Alvin Roberts sealed the Warriors’ fate with a huge 40 yard pick six.
The big guys on the offensive line opened up gaping holes, and the Liberty rushers took advantage.
Kris Coleman gashed Tattnall for 205 yards on 21 carries, and three TDs.
Markel Johnson (25) not only played hard-nosed defense all night, but got in on the party on offense as well.
He finished with seven carries for 86 yards.
Bowens rushed seven times for 80 yards, and was 2 of 6 for 86 yards, one TD and two interceptions.
The Panthers will have to continue to prove they want to repeat as Region Champs when the Appling County Pirates 1-3 (1-0) come into Donell Woods Stadium Friday.
The Pirates are also coming in off of a region win over Long County.