Liberty County High School moved another step closer to its first region title in the football program’s history Friday with a 49-14 victory over Brantley County.
The win on senior night improved the Panthers to 8-0 overall and 4-0 in 2-AAA. The Herons, who were coming off a win over Appling County and chasing playoff aspirations of their own, fell to 5-3 overall and 2-2 in the region.
From the outset, it was clear this was going to be the Panthers’ night.
Following a three and out by Brantley County, the Panthers scored on their first play from scrimmage as Richard LeCounte took a pass from Jalon Frazier 70 yards for a touchdown to give Liberty a lead it would never surrender.
The Panther defense held Brantley out of the end zone until late in the second quarter and led 28-6 by the end of the first half.
The second half was almost a repeat of the first. Liberty scored the first time the offense lined up in the third quarter when Frazier kept the ball and ran 79 yards for a touchdown. The Panthers added another score in the third quarter when Dylan Stewart took a reverse 21 yards for a TD, and the fourth quarter was played under a running clock.
“It was great to see the offense come out and score on the first play, and then to do it again on the first play of the second half,” Liberty County offensive coordinator Ryan Glazer said. “Tonight shows that we have more than one playmaker and more than one way to score. The defense played lights out and kept the offense in good position all night.”
Frazier finished 10-of-18 passing for 319 yards and two touchdowns. He ran for 104 yards and two scores. Kris Coleman had 101 yards rushing and two touchdowns, one of which came on a career long 67-yardrun.
LeCounte finished with 123 yards receiving and one touchdown, and Stewart and Elisha Polite had one touchdown each.
The Panthers travel Friday to Blackshear to face Pierce County. The Bears and Panthers are tied for the 2-AAA lead.