MADISON – Carlos Singleton ran for two touchdowns, and James Summersett added another, as the Liberty County Panthers held on for a 19-14 win over host Morgan County in the Class AAA state football playoffs Saturday.
With the win, the Panthers (7-4) will visit Thomasville, a 42-21 winner over Jackson, in the second round. The second round game will be at Thomasville’s Veterans Memorial Stadium on November 18. Kickoff will be at 8 p.m.
“I was very proud of them,” interim coach Tony Glazer said of his players. “I already knew what I was going to say after the game, and I couldn’t get it out.”
Singleton’s first touchdown, a 1-yard run, gave the Panthers a 7-0 lead just before halftime.
“At the end of the first quarter, it was 0-0, and it was going back and forth. I told them, just stay in the fight. We were locked in,” Glazer said.
The Panthers forced a Bulldogs turnover, and that led to Singleton’s second rushing touchdown and a 13-0 lead late in the third quarter.
Jacere Cooper’s touchdown brought Morgan County to within 13-7 early in the fourth, but Summersett broke loose for a 65-yard touchdown run.
Talan Fuller’s touchdown toss TJ Thompson brought the Bulldogs within 19-14 late in the fourth quarter but the Panthers held on for the win.
Cooper ran 20 times for 92 yards, and Fuller completed 4 of 11 passes for 57 yards.
Liberty County travels to Thomasville’s Veterans Memorial Stadium for a second-round Class AAA state football playoff game on Friday, November 18.
Kickoff is at 8 p.m.