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Panthers travel to Brantley, hope to repeat success
Roderick Jones (14) stands next to Henry Barrett as the Panthers readied the offense against McIntosh two weeks ago. - photo by Phgoto by Patty Leon
The Liberty County Panthers head to Brantley tonight to play the Herons at 7:30. The Panthers are coming off a bye week after playing only one regular season game against McIntosh Academy. But head coach Kirk Warner feels this was a benefit for the Panthers
“I think the bye week helps us. Having it early in the season, now that the weather has cooled off a bit, allowed us to go out in full pads and really get some good football practice in,” he said.
The Panthers and the Herons faced off last year in a battle to the end with the Panthers coming out victorious, (28-21), due a great defensive effort and two interceptions from Roderick Jones.
Jones returns this year as a junior and was a pivotal performer in the Panthers’ first game against McIntosh Academy.
The bye week also gave the coaching staff an opportunity to review some films of the Brantley Herons and gain some insight into the type of plays they need to prepare their offense for.
“Offensively, you watch the film and make a game plan based on which plays we think will be most successful against their defense,” Warner said. “Defensively, you have to make a few adjustments for teams based on their offensive philosophy, but for the most part we will run our base defense and play physical football.”
The Panthers are 0-1 as they travel to Brantley but the loss is something that Warner said would help fuel the fight for a victory.
“I think we have a good group of seniors who were embarrassed by our first loss,” he said. “The good thing is that our team’s goals are attainable, so I think that in itself is a strong motivating factor for our team.”
The Herons are 1-1 in the season with a win against Bacon and a loss against Beach.
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