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Panther defense looking for third shutout
Panth Glenn
See ya! After receiving the handoff from Julian Stokes (13), Byron Calahan (44) hits the gap and takes the ball for positive yardage in Saturday’s win against Harlem (32-0). - photo by Phgoto by Patty Leon
Hoping to add to their two back-to-back wins the Panthers face Glenn Hills tonight at 7:30 at Olvey Field.
The Panthers’ defense will once again look to take a bite out of their opponent and see if they can force yet another shut out against the opposing offense.
Both teams come into tonight’s game 3-1 and, historically, the Spartans defeated the Panthers three times in the past three years. This season, the Panthers have only allowed 28 total points to be scored against them and the Spartans allowed 51. So far, the Panthers have put up 110 total points against the Spartans’ 108.
Defensive coordinator Thomas Desbiens hopes his defense continues to play as physical as they did against Harlem, where they caused four turnovers, and had two defensive touchdowns and four interceptions. He said the one thing his defense was going to work hard at was returning to the huddle after every play so the opposing offense does not adjust to their “check” defense.
According to offensive coordinator Steve Cotrell, the offensive front five linemen will have to hit hard and be prepared to go against a larger front line on the Spartans’ defense.
Head coach Kirk Warner hopes his defense will bring him another shutout. He also plans to continue to utilize both his senior quarterback, Henry Barrett, and sophomore quarterback, Julian Stokes, because they each bring different styles to the game.Both are effective and can carry the team to victories.
“I think that is something special that Liberty has,” Stokes said. “It’s rare to find a team with two quarterbacks who can get the job done and work together so well.”
“We both go in there and do what we have to do,” Barrett said. “If he does good, then I want to do good and we help each other out.”
Outspoken, all-around athlete Brandon Roberts said he was ready to go out and do what he does best — make the big plays.
“I played big on Saturday. I’m going to play big tonight. I’m just big.” he said.
Roberts hopes his big game playing style takes him all the way to Georgia Tech.
Tonight’s game will be broadcast live on WOAH 106.3 FM. Tickets purchased in advance are $5, tickets at the gate are $7.
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