The Liberty County Panthers fell to the Greater Atlanta Christian Spartans on Friday, Nov. 25 in the quarterfinals round of the 2016 AAA state football playoffs. It was a meeting of two top five teams and it took three overtime periods for the Spartans to finally pull away.
The two teams went back and forth for the entire game and it was a field goal by Panther Alec Sutton and Spartan Brooks Buce that sent the game into free football. Greater Atlanta Christian was too much for the home team as quarterback Davis Mills, a 2017 commit to Stanford University, hooked up with Trent Fowler in the third overtime period to send the Spartans to the Final Four for the third year in a row with a 44-38 victory.
Panthers Jaalon Frazier and Richard LeCounte both had a big nigth for their team. Frazier threw for 152 yards and touchdown while rushing for 66 yards and a score on 19 carries while LeCounte caught three passes for 61 yards and a score, ran for 40 yards and a touchdown on nine touches and threw a touchdown late in the game.
The Panthers finish out their historic 2016 season with an 11-2 record, a region title and an appearance in the quarterfinals for the first time in team history.
Look for a full recap of this game in Sunday's edition of The Coastal Courier.