Liberty County High School fell 14-6 in their Saturday football game at Monroe High School in Albany.
The Tornadoes scored a touchdown on the third play of their first offensive drive.
Monroe’s stingy defense held the Panther team to only 132 all-purpose yards all night.
A botched punt by the Tornadoes set up Liberty’s one touchdown. After the punt placed the Panthers at the Tornadoes own eight yard line, Liberty’s coaching staff tapped one of their bigger defensive players to punch the ball through.
Taking care of business was junior Jacari Roberts who scrambled in for Liberty’s first and only touchdown in the game.
Missing the extra point, the Liberty boys trailed 7-6 at half time.
Panther quarterback Walker Franklin was six-of-17 for 42 passing yards and two interceptions. All-around athlete Richard LeCounte was one-of-two for five yards passing and tossed one interception.
But the Tornadoes also had a rough night in passing the ball. LeCounte was good for one of the two interceptions the Monroe team gave up.
LeCounte picked off a pass that would have otherwise been another Tornado touchdown in the game.
JaMarcus Latson rushed for 44 yards on 11 carries; Jacquez Williams had 24 yards on six carries; Roberts rushed 10 yards on two carries including the eight yard TD run; LeCounte generated four yards rushing in the game.
Chris Helvie and Gyri Durant each caught two passes good for 15 yards each.
Defensive stats were not available.
With the loss the Panther team is 2-3 overall and 0-0 in region play. The Panther boys start region 3-AAAA action this Friday at Wayne County.
Kick-off is at 7:30 p.m.