Liberty County High School opens the 2015 football season at 7:30 p.m. Friday with an away game at Effingham County.
Last year, the Panthers lost 35-7 to the Rebels.
Panther offensive coordinator Ryan Glazer said this is the game they’ve been preparing for all throughout the offseason.
“Effingham is always a hard-nosed team who plays physical,” he said.
Last Friday, the Panthers took their first step out on the field in their away scrimmage against South Effingham. The Mustangs won 24-0 in three quarters.
But Glazer said they played everyone in the scrimmage and saw how players reacted to a live-action game. The Panthers still had a few spots to solidify, and some starters saw limited action to avoid injury and stay focused for Friday’s opener.
“We had several starters sit out who could’ve played if it was a real game,” Glazer said.
There are certain things the team planned to work on this week.
“We are working on eliminating mental mistakes,” Glazer said.
The Panthers, who notched 225 rushing yards and 32 passing yards against the Rebels last year, know this game can set the tone for the whole season.
“It will be a good battle for both teams,” Glazer said.