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Liberty Outscored but not Outplayed!


The Liberty Panthers dropped to 3 and 2 overall and 0 and 2 in district play with Friday night's loss to district foe Silsbee. Don’t expect to see the Liberty Panther hanging their heads, because the locals were super. Finally here at home, Liberty battled the State-ranked powerhouse Silsbee Tigers to the wire but came up short by a score 14-7 It was a dandee. The combatants were still tied, in the fourth period.. Again this week, Liberty's defense just wouldn’t yield. Under the tutelage of defensive assistant Coaches, Jeff Stewart and Harold Hayman, Liberty forced Silsbee into 2 punts, 2 fumbles and 2 - over-on-downs turnovers. State ranked Silsbee's, well known defensive line, dominated the line of scrimmage and forced the Panthers out of their usual ground-pounding, ball-control offense. It was just great defense by both teams. Liberty could only accumulate 93 offensive yards, by far that was their lowest offense of the season. Get this, Panther Quarterback Kaden Nolan threw 24 passes with 8 completions, 1 touchdown but 3 interceptions. For those unaware that was probably more passes than the Panthers threw all last season Silsbee, with their highly rated offense, could only manage 179 yards overall against the Liberty defense . The celebrated Tiger quarterback, Raymond Foster, threw 12 passes, completing 4 for 17 yards but that was good enough for both Silsbee TD’s. After outstanding defense by both squads through the 1st quarter and most of the 2nd, Silsbee finally scored the first points of the night for either team, with only 19 seconds left in the first half. The Tiger P.A.T. was good and the teams went to intermission with Silsbee leading 7-0. The 3rd quarter was scoreless for both of these outstanding district 11-4A football teams until very late in the 3rd when Liberty got their only points. Panther Junior Quarterback Kaden Nolan found Kieron (PRO: Ki-run –with long I) Joiner for a 10-yard catch and touchdown. Kicker Brian Montes was good on the extra point and that tied the score at 7-7 with 43 seconds left in the 3rd-quarter. Silsbee answered in the final period with a 6-play, 54 yard drive and the game winning TD, 14-7. Liberty cranked up the passing game late in the 4th quarter that ended with a Tiger interception. Silsbee then ran out the clock, Silsbee 14, Liberty 7. In his post game interview on KSHN, Panther Head Coach Chad Taylor understandably roared his approval for his football team against Silsbee who was last years Regional Champions and are state ranked now in 2020. Next Friday night, the Panthers travel to Orangefield to take on the Bobcats.


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