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Raiders visit LCHS for homecoming
W. Laurens looking to avenge last year's loss
Panther receiver Sinjin Mullis tries for a completion two weeks ago during Liberty County High Schools’ game against Washington County. - photo by Phgoto by Patty Leon
Last year, the Liberty County Panthers boarded buses for a two-hour trek to Dublin where they took on the Raiders in a game that went into double overtime. The Panthers eventually won, 27-26. This year, the Raiders are coming to Donell Woods Stadium tonight for the Panthers’ homecoming game, and they’re looking to turn the tables.
Both squads are 1-1 in Region 3-AAA and 4-2 overall.
Panther coach Kirk Warner said both teams have similar defenses, but the Raiders have a totally different offense.
“They run a tight double wing offense,” he said. “They have some speedy players so they are likely to run it a few times then try to throw the deep ball at you. And they have some receivers who will go out there and get it.”
The Panthers are looking to carry over momentum from their 31-0 win against Thomson last week. The offense mustered 51 carries for 283 rushing yards and completed two of seven passes for 30 yards.
Shadrach Thornton led in rushing with 24 carries for 132 yards.
According to Maxpreps, the Panthers are ranked 85th state and 1,757 nationally. The Raiders are 162 and 4,116. LCHS quarterback Julian Stokes is ranked sixth in Division AAA among passing leaders and fourth among rushers. Thornton is ranked third in the division for rushing. The two are ranked third and eighth in total offense for the division.
Last week, the Panther defense allowed Thomson only four first downs, forced two turnovers and recovered two fumbles, one for a touchdown.
Leading in tackles for Liberty County were Marcus Jefferson with five. Thomas Penny, Demetrick Mothershed, Jevon Jones and Aaron Bennett each had three. Jefferson has 52.5 tackles for the season so far.
Jefferson, Penny and Bennett are ranked third, fourth and seventh in the division, according to Maxpreps. Panther defenders Tucory Rhodes, Trammal Morris, Jones, Shakur Cook, Mothershed, Solomon Ball, Byron Johnson, Artavious Frost and Charles Hall are all ranked in the division’s top 50.
Warner said he showed his team film and pointed out mistakes they made against Thomson, despite the win. He said the team’s mantra this season is to be better this week than they were last week, and thinks reminding them of their errors will keep them focused on executing plays.
“We’ve been harping on them about that all week,” he said. “And I think we are going to be up for the challenge.”
Homecoming festivities will take place during halftime, when the homecoming court and the Panther king and queen will be named.
Kick off is set for 7:30.
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