Griffin notched nearly 300 passing yards and more than 250 rushing yards in last Friday’s 46-12 win over Liberty County in the first round of the Class AAAA state playoffs in Griffin.
With the win, the Bears advanced to the second round where they will face Marist this Friday. The Panthers ended with a 4-7 overall record and 1-3 Region 3-AAAA mark.
Liberty County offensive coordinator Ryan Glazer said the staff still is trying to compile the stats from the final game. Liberty’s film equipment malfunctioned, and they are waiting for a copy of the game to arrive from Griffin to ensure the final stats are correct.
The Panthers trailed, 34-0, just before halftime.
Richard LeCounte step-ped in as Liberty’s full-time quarterback after Jaalon Frazier was suspended after being ejected against Richmond Hill two weeks ago.
LeCounte scored the Panthers’ first touchdown on a 5-yard run with 5:22 left before the half, but Liberty missed the 2-point attempt.
Neither team managed to score in the third quarter.
Liberty scored again in the fourth quarter off a 37-yard run by Jacquez Williams. Again, the Panthers’ 2-point conversion fell short.
Defensively, LeCounte and Tracy White each had an interception.
The Panthers went into the contest going 90-of-168 passing for 1,270 yards, 13 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. The backs had rushed for 1,699 yards and 13 touchdowns on 286 carries this season. The team tallied 3,551 all-purpose yards.
The defense accounted for 781 total tackles including 72 for loss of yards. The defense made 31.5 sacks for 212 yards lost and hurried opposing quarterbacks 19 times.
The Panther defense also was responsible for seven interceptions for 58 yards gained, deflected 29 passes, recovered 17 fumbles for 86 yards gained and caused 14 fumbles this season.