Liberty County eked out a 10-9 win over Bradwell on Friday at Olvey Field in a game filled with mistakes and penalties. But there were some positives for both squads.
Bradwell’s rushing game started to emerge, led by two juniors. Tiger Trevon McCoy bolted for 82 yards on four carries and Luther Echols had 78 yards on 13 carries. Senior Stephen Felton added 33 yards on 11 carries. In all, the Tigers tallied 214 rushing yards and 314 all-purpose yards.
The question mark is whether Bradwell can develop its passing game. Duane Johnson took snaps but primarily handed the ball off. Felton was 0-for-1 passing, while Echols went 0 for 2 with one interception.
The Panthers had 316 all-purpose yards, led by JaMarcus Latson’s 75 yards on 11 carries. Liberty quarterback Jaalon Frazier rushed for 40 yards on seven carries, and Jacquez Williams rushed for 25 yards on six carries.
The Panthers are waiting to hear from the Georgia High School Association on the eligibility of quarterback Walker Franklin. However, Frazier held his own Friday, going 9-for-12 passing for 128 yards. Gyri Durant had five receptions for 78 yards, and Williams had three catches for 42 yards and one touchdown. Ty Freeman caught one pass for eight yards.
After sitting out last week’s scrimmage, Bradwell senior Isiah Barnes led the Tigers defense with seven tackles, including one for loss of yards. Senior Shaun Maschino had six total tackles for the Tigers and Lynwood Spaulding had five, including two for loss of yards.
The Panthers were led by junior Jacari Roberts with 14 tackles. Sophomore Tucker Lyda, senior Brandon Course and junior Calvin Holmes each had 10 total tackles. The Panther defense tallied 10 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks.
The Tigers caused both Panther fumbles.
At the beginning of the season, both teams had concerns about their kicking games. The Panthers didn’t want to overwork kicker Joaquin Lemapu, who also plays linebacker, and brought in lineman Dalton Bryant to punt. He had two punts for 72 yards, both landing inside the 20.
The Tigers lost kicker/punter Robert Miller to graduation. Evan Crystal stepped up Friday with four punts for 161 yards, with one touchback.
Bradwell’s one touchdown came on a 95-yard kick return by sophomore Terrius Crimiel. Deion Stewart had a 5-yard return in the game.
Panther Tracy White had two returns for 43 yards.
Both teams are back in action Friday. The Panthers, now 1-1 on the season, play McIntosh County Academy in Darien, while the Tigers (0-1) face Calvary Day in Savannah.