Liberty County High School hosts the Glynn Academy Red Terrors this evening for the Panthers’ senior night game. The Tigers will travel to Groves for their final regular season game in Garden City.
Panthers host Terrors
Liberty and Glynn counties have battled before but as non-region opponents. Now both will fight fiercely for a victory that could possibly put one of them in position for a playoff slot.
The Red Terrors are 2-2 in Region 2A-AAAA, tied with Wayne County. The Panthers are 1-3 in the region and may face elimination without a win tonight.
Brunswick and Ware County have already locked up the top two spots, according to ga.prepcountry.com.
The last two times the Panthers and the Terrors faced off, Glynn emerged with victories in very close games — 24-21 and 16-14.
Panther offensive coordinator Ryan Glazer acknowledged the Terrors are a fast, athletic team.
"On defense they play assignment football and like to blitz their linebackers," he said. "Glynn’s offense likes to run the ball right at you. They don’t try to be fancy. They have a real quick running back who can make people miss."
Glazer said to counter the Terrors’ offense, his defense must reduce mental errors.
"We have had too many metal mistakes on third downs with penalties, or not running the right route, or not blocking the right guy," he said.
Offensively, the offensive coordinator said his players are moving the ball, "but we have stalled in the red zone too much," he said.
The coach anticipates starting quarterback Matt Desbiens will take most of the snaps tonight, but they still plan to throw a few wildcat plays with the ball going directly to running back Shadrach Thornton.
Last week against Wayne County, Desbiens was 8 of 15 passes for 147 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception.
Thornton had 25 carries for 195 yards, and Tavoris Lewis made a 95-yard touchdown reception. Alton Sapp had 4 receptions for 42 yards.
"On offense, our strategy is to throw the ball so we can loosen up the defense to help open the field for our running game," Glazer said. "We’ve had the most success this season when we are able to pass and run the ball."
On defense, he said, his Panthers need to avoid blowing their assignments on third down and long.
Last week, Demetrick Mothershed led in tackles with 10, including a tackle for loss and a sack. Charles Hall had 5 and a half tackles, one for loss and blocked a field goal.
"It will be senior night and we are fortunate enough to be still playing a very meaningful game," Glazer said. "Our guys will be fired up and ready to play."
Tigers at RebelsIn years past, the Bradwell Tigers expected a win from their annual meeting with the Groves Rebels. However, BI’s non-traditional 2010 season makes tonight’s game in Garden City a tough one to predict. Struggling with a 3-6 overall record and a 3-4 Region 3-AAAAA mark, the Tigers could face elimination based on the outcome of tonight’s match and other region play.
Despite a 38-0 shutout over Benedictine last week, the Tigers are in sixth place, according to ga.prepcountry.com. Groves and Beach are tied with 3-3 region records, and Camden, Jenkins and Windsor Forest occupy the top 3 spots.
Next week, BI’s bye week will have them waiting to see how the action plays out.
Tiger coach Jim Walsh, who said he doesn’t like others to control his team’s destiny, reminded his players they need to go into Garden City with a full head of steam, prepared to win.
And if the Tigers can play the way they did last week, with relatively few penalties and a strong running game by Marsalis Jackson, the Hinesville team could meet their fans’ expectations and beat Groves.
Walsh said his players are dedicated to playing out the season. They won’t throw in the towel. A bye week in week 10 could also allow the Tigers to perfect the offensive strategy that helped them defeat Benedictine and Windsor Forest.
The Panthers and the Tigers kick off at 7:30 tonight.