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Panthers stalk Rebel prey
Solid win: In last week’s homecoming game against Richmond Hill the Panthers outscored their opponent. They travel to Hephzibah tonight hoping for the same outcome. - photo by Phgoto by Patty Leon
The Panthers hit the road to Hephzibah tonight to face the Rebels in another 3A-AAA regional game.
With a 42-7 win over the Richmond Hill Wildcats last Friday, the Panthers stand at 1-1 in the region while the Rebels are 0-2. The Rebels have scored 144 points to date and the Panthers scored 187. The Panthers are averaging 26.7 points a game to the Rebels’ 20.6.
Head coach Kirk Warner said the Panthers would need to bring their game as the Rebels have a very athletic quarterback as well as two talented wide receivers.
“Our defense will need to stay on their toes and our secondary will have to cover the pass first and then adjust to the run,” Warner said.
Defensive coordinator Thomas Desbiens said the defense must continue to step each game up a notch because, at this point in the season, to give anything less would be opening up the team to defeat.
“Hephzibah is a very aggressive team offensively and we will have to go in and immediately break down their momentum to get an advantage,” Desbiens said.
The Panthers have the potential to win the game against Hephzibah and their next opponent, Benedictine, as they prepare to face a fierce battle against a strong regional front-runner, South Effingham.  
The difficult part is that the first two games are away. But facing the Mustangs at home for the final game of regular season will be a treat for the football fans of Liberty County.
Kickoff at Hephzibah is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
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