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Turf woes delay stadium opening
The opening of the Donell Woods Stadium is being postponed until the Sept. 19 home game because of the condition of the turf. - photo by By Patty Leon / Coastal Courier
An opponent stronger than any foe on the gridiron the Panthers face during the regular season has tackled the Liberty County High School team behind the line of scrimmage.
Construction delays and the condition of the field have forced the Liberty County School Board to postpone the stadium grand opening until the Panthers' second home game on Sept. 19 against Glynn County.
According to a press release from the school board, the Sept. 5 home game between the Panthers and Beach High was rescheduled to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, on Olvey Field.  
"A meeting was held on Aug. 13, and the consensus of the group was to reschedule the first home game..." Deputy Superintendent Cheryl Conley said in the statement.
She said the decision was based primarily on the condition of the field. While the press release did not say what the board is doing to remedy the situation, earlier statements from Conley said the board is constantly monitoring the field and the construction of fieldhouses so the Panther football team would have an opportunity to play in their new home stadium this season. The fieldhouses are scheduled to be completed by December.
The board said they have a plan to accommodate the home and visiting teams until then.
According to the press release, plans are currently being made to have a dedication and other events on Sept.  19, to celebrate the opening of the stadium, saying, "We all anxiously await this event and anticipate a wonderful program that will be memorable for everyone."
The Panthers scrimmage at Wayne County High School at 7 p.m. Aug. 22 and open the regular season at McIntosh Academy at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 29.
Tickets prices are set by the Georgia High School Association and cost $7 at the gates.

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