The Liberty County football team travels tonight to Augusta to face off against the Glenn Hills Spartans at 7:30.
It is the undefeated Panthers’ second road game of the season and one in which they face a versatile offense. The Spartans have a triple threat offensively in senior quarterback Santo Nina, wide receiver Emonquez Cobb and running back Kahlige Fleglar.
Nina is 21-of-47 passing for 430 passing yards in four games to go with three touchdown passes. All three of those went to Cobb, who has 15 receptions for 304 yards. Fleglar leads the team in rushing yards 296 yards on 24 carries in three games.
“We have to try and contain all three of them,” Panthers head coach Kirk Warner said. “We looked at film and they look outstanding especially against South Effingham last week.”
Last Friday, Glenn Hills escaped with a 39-37 win over South Effingham. Nina was 7-of-9 passing for 253 yards, Fleglar had 157 rushing yards and Cobb made six receptions for 205 yards.
The Panthers have a few threats as well. Senior running back Trentice Williams, who missed most of last year due to an injury, has 68 carries for 436 yards and five touchdowns. Right behind Williams in rushing yards is Raekwon McMillan, a highly touted linebacker who has rushed for 341 yards and seven touchdowns.
Jacquez Williams has seven receptions for 138 yards and a touchdown, and quarterback Jordan Waters is 28-of-63 passing for 471 yards, five touchdowns and three interceptions.
Boasting a 5-0 record, Warner said he is making sure the boys don’t get too cocky. He said the Spartans will put up a tough fight. The coach said the bus ride to Augusta is long enough, and a loss would make the trip back home seem endless.
Liberty did well in their first road game, in which the Panthers defeated Cross Creek, 49-0, two weeks ago in Augusta. Warner said he would like a repeat performance tonight.
“Anytime you can win on the road, it builds the team’s confidence,” he said. “You always love to play and win at home, but at some point in time you have to win roads game and this game is no exception.”