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Panthers pummel Cavaliers
Gridiron action! Quarterback Henry Barrett (3) fakes the handoff to Bryon Calahan (44) then completes a pass downfield to Paul Davis (18). - photo by Phgoto by Patty Leon
In a powerful display of Panther pride, the Liberty County varsity football team overpowered and shut out the Calvary Day Cavaliers, 45-0.
In the opening drive, sophomore quarterback Julian Stokes connected with Roderick Jones who took the ball 40 yards downfield before being brought down by the Cavalier defense at the two- yard line. Byron Calahan ran the ball in on the next play for the touchdown. The point-after attempt by Edward Chipple went under the cross bar and the Panthers led 6-0.
The Cavaliers had a quick three and out forcing them to punt. The punt was short putting the Panthers at the 50-yard line for their next offensive drive.
The second offensive drive was led by senior quarterback Henry Barrett. Using three backs in the I-formation, the Panthers confused the Cavalier defense and moved the ball downfield. The Panthers used this formation often and the Cavaliers never adjusted their defense. This set up the next score as Jones took the handoff down to the 37-yard line and a first down. Jones took the next handoff for four yards and the next one all the way to the 10-yard line. This set up the run for Calahan who took the ball in for another Panther touchdown. The point-after was good and it was a 13-0 ball game.
The Cavaliers’ offense was unable to move the ball against the strong defense of the Panthers and they did not get a first down until there was 9:38 left before half.
Jones scored twice in the next two possessions by making the cuts and breaking through tackles and finally turning on the speed. The Cavaliers could not catch Jones and with two minutes left before the half, it was 26-0.
The Cavaliers once again went three and out leaving plenty of time on the clock for the Panthers to score, and they did so twice on the steady running legs of Brandon Roberts. By the end of the half the Panthers had a 38-0 lead.
After the half, Stokes led the offense downfield. Roberts took a handoff and ran down the sideline for what appeared to be a 37-yard run and a touchdown but the officials ruled he stepped out of bounds at the 10. This set up the touchdown run by Calahan on the next play, making it a 45-0 game.
The offense dominated all night, gaining 379 72-yards.
Roberts had three carries for 97 yards and Calahan had 10 carries for 53 yards. The Panthers were able to score on their first six possessions and punted only once in the game and made 11 first downs in the evening.
Defensively the Panthers held the Cavaliers to only five first downs and 31 rushing yards. Leading the tackles for the defense were Dimitri Lane, Artavious Frost and DeAngelo Quarterman.
In the fourth quarter Panthers head coach Kirk Warner put in some of his younger players to see some of his back up players perform and give his starters an opportunity to rest and avoid injuries before regional action begins.
The Panthers face Harlem at 7 p.m. Sept. 28 at Olvey Field. Tickets purchased in advance are $5 and tickets at the gate are $7.
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