This Friday the Liberty County Panthers (11-1) will make history when they host the Greater Atlanta Christian Spartans (11-1) in the quarterfinals of the AAA state playoffs. It is an epic meeting between two of the top four teams in the state, according to MaxPreps.
The quarterfinal match-up will be played at 6:30 p.m. at Donell Woods Stadium. Tickets for the game are $12 at the gate.
The Panthers come into this game looking to once again make history as they are seeking their first appearance in the semifinals in their 24-year history. The Spartans, on the other hand, are well accustomed to this stage of the playoffs as they have played in the state title game three of the last four seasons.
The two teams are fairly even coming into their Elite Eight meeting. The Panthers are averaging over 41 points and allowing 17.6 points per game while the Spartans average 38.5 points and allowing 13.7 points a contest.
Panther quarterback Jaalon Frazier must play nearly perfect for his team in the game. He is averaging 226.9 passing yards per game with 40 touchdowns, including 14 in the last three games.
Senior athlete Richard LeCounte will have to step up for the Panthers on both sides of the ball, much like he did against Sonoraville in the second round. He played a much bigger role at linebacker in the game and made some impressive plays to help Liberty County pull out the victory.
The Spartans are led by 2017 Stanford University quarterback commit Davis Mills. Liberty head coach Kirk Warner spoke about shutting down GAC and how their game plan will be focused heavily around stopping the nation’s second-ranked quarterback.
“Their ranking speaks for themselves,” Warner said. “I know they got a stud quarterback, but, you know, we have played stud quarterbacks all year. That’s going to be nothing new. They are a very disciplined team and they are big up front. It’s going to be won in the trenches. Whoever wins in the trenches is probably going to win the game.”