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Liberty County High School defensive lineman Tramel Walthour announced his commitment to Georgia on Twitter during the wee hours of Monday, saying his is 100 percent committed to UGA. The news was hailed on Georgia internet sites such as Dawgnation, which said news of Walthours commitment made DawgNation feel like it was Christmas in September. - photo by File photo

After starting the season ranked in the Class AAA top 10, Liberty County High School (1-2) will now try to get back to .500 at New Hampstead on Friday at Pooler Stadium.

Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.

The Panthers, coming off a bye week, are led offensively by junior running back Kris Coleman, who has 355 yards and four touchdowns on 61 carries so far this season.

Sophomore quarterback Dionte Bowens has completed 8 of 18 passes for 179 yards and a touchdown so far this season, but has thrown four interceptions.

Senior Cleon Hamilton is the team’s leading receiver with one catch for 78 yards and a score. Jaleel Gilbert has five catches for 61 yards.

Defensively, linebacker Alvin Roberts leads the team in tackles with 32, including 8 tackles for a loss. Sophomore linebacker Markel Johnson has 24 tackles, six for a loss, and defensive end Traveon Freeman has 21 tackles, nine for a loss.

The Panthers have surrendered a Region 2-AAA high 100 points this season.

New Hampstead, which competes in Region 2-AAAAA, is 2-1 with wins over Islands (44-14) and Savannah Christian (34-6). The Pheonix lost their season opener at Jenkins, 28-6.

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