Liberty County High School managed to take down the Statesboro Blue Devils in football during this past Saturday’s game.
The Panthers won 21-7.
The game was originally scheduled for Friday night but Hurricane Hermine forced the schools to cancel all the athletic programs Thursday and Friday. By Saturday morning the storm had cleared the area and the field conditions were conducive for aLiberction.
It appeared the Blue Devils would hold on to take the win leading the Panthers 7-6 as they entered the fourth quarter.
But that is when the Liberty team went to work.
Senior quarterback Jaalon Frazier, who went 13-of-24 for 213 passing yards, hit a wide open Elisha Polite. The senior made the catch and ran the distance hitting the end zone for a touchdown.
Frazier then led the offense converting third downs and eventually ran in for a touchdown on a short run. The first touchdown of the game came from Richard LeCounte who made a reception for the score.
Frazier led the team in rushing with 68 yards on 6 carries including a touchdown run. Senior Elisha Polite led the team in receptions with 6 for 120 yards and a touchdown. LeCounte had 3 receptions for 70 yards and a touchdown.
Sophomore Kris Coleman had a another stand up game, rushing for 63 yards on 8 carries and netting 2 receptions good for 43 yards.
LeCounte and junior Traveon Freeman led the Panthers in tackles with 8 total tackles each.
Liberty County is now 2-0 and will host Jenkins High Friday at Donell Woods Stadium at 7:30 p.m.
The Warriors and Panthers have not played since 1995. Liberty lost 21-13 that year in a game held at Garden City Stadium.
The Warriors are also 2-0 after starting the season with a 21-20 win over New Hampstead and beating South Effingham 27-2 this past week.
Longtime coach Tim Adams took the Warriors to a 6-4 overall mark and 4-1 in region 1B-AAA last year. Returning to the Warriors’ offense is Zion Williams.
The all-around player is able to take the snaps as well as run the ball setting up the Warriors for wildcat plays.
The Warriors’ offensive line packs lots of size and weight and their wide receivers and backs are quick and nimble.
This is Liberty’s first home game of the season.