The Liberty County Panthers look to bounce back after their first loss of the 2016 season Sept. 30. They face the Tattnall County Battle Creek Warriors on Monday in both teams’ first Region 2-AAA game of the year.
The game was originally set for Friday, but anticipating possible bad weather from Hurricane Matthew the school rescheduled the game to Monday at 6 p.m.
In the 35-34 overtime loss Friday, when the Panthers elected to try a two-point conversion in the extra period instead of kicking a game-tying extra point, Liberty was led by quarterback Jaalon Frazier as he threw for 169 yards and two touchdowns while adding 150 yards and another three scores on the ground.
The Warriors are coming off a big 31-24 win over the Statesboro Blue Devils last week. That moved them to 3-2 on the season.
Liberty County head coach Kirk Warner knows they have their hands full against a Warriors’ defense that has held opponents to 14 points or less three times this season.
“The good thing about our offense is, I think, we are going to pose a problem,” Warner said about going against the Tattnall defense. “In the last couple of games, Jaalon (Frazier) has come up big and of course we always have Richard (LeCounte). We always have Eli Polite, but Dylan Stewart has stepped up big. When you have five or six guys that can make plays for you on offense, I don’t think Tattnall has seen an offense like they are going to see.”
The Panthers are 1-3 all-time against the Warriors with their most recent game being a 25-21 loss in 2003.
The game will be in Battle Creek Warrior Stadium near Reidsville.