Friday night's lights were dim for the local teams with Liberty County High School, Long County and Bradwell earning losses to open the football season.
Liberty hosted Americus-Sumter at Donell Woods Stadium where a few mental errors paved the way for the visiting team, giving them a 14-0 lead at the half. Senior Panther running back Shadrach Thorton had an impressive opening game scoring the home team's one touchdown. Americus had plenty of ground speed and the ability to pass, something the Panthers lacked but killed many opportunities to gain positive yardage with offensive penalties.
Americus capitalized on a turn over on downs late in the fourth quarter to get a final touchdown run for the 21-6 win.
Long County's Blue Tide managed to fight touchdown for touchdown and had the game tied at 21 against the Bryan County Redskins at the half. The Redskins pulled out one more touchdown in the second half for the 28-21 win.
Bradwell Institute struggled against an athletic Red Terrors team in Brunswick and Glynn Academy stifled the Tigers offense to win 27-2.
Read more in Sunday's Coastal Courier.