Panther win

Whew! The Liberty Panthers, racked up their first district win of 2020 in football on the road, Friday night. That victory , moved their record to 4 and 4 on the year defeating the Bridge City Cardinals 15-12. The game was billed to be a close one and in every way it as just that. The difference was Liberty's ability to score extra points with their outstanding kicker, Freshman Brian Montes after touchdowns while the Cardinals failed on all their point-after tries. Liberty's offense produced a total of 270 offensive yards and most of those came in the second half. Again Liberty’s offense was mostly about the ground game and their really superb defense. Senior Panther Fullback Terrick Peterson has nursed a bad ankle most of the season but was just fine Friday with 26 carries, at Bridge City, good for 138 yards and one touchdown. Bridge City scored early but missed the conversion try, or should we say tries – there was a penalty against the Panthers on the first try and then the Cards were stopped short on their second try. That gave the Bridge City a 6-0 lead in first quarter. After the teams traded punts, Liberty put together a classic 14-play, 61-yard scoring drive. Senior Terrick Peterson did the honors from the 3 yard line. Freshman Kicker Brian Montes split the uprights and Liberty led 7-6 midway in the third. Shortly after that, Bridge City had their best drive of the night marching 87 yards in 10 plays to retake the lead. However, again, the Cardinal P A T was no good and the score stood at 12-7 Bridge City. At that point there was 4:27 left in the 3rd period. Liberty’s next possession was almost as good as Bridge City’s go ahead effort. Liberty marched down field, 76 yards in 10 plays, taking precious time off the clock. Liberty scored from the one-yard line. It was Quarterback Austin Walker who rang the bell. Panther Head Coach Chad Taylor made sure a late field goal couldn’t beat them by going for two, on the conversion, and made it. That made the score 15-12 early in the last quarter. Then came the Panthers superb defense that has served them so well. Regaining possession, the Panthers then put together a long, slow 15-play drive. That forced Bridge City to use up their time-outs and the Panthers ran out the clock - taking a knee in the victory formation to end it. Final score; Liberty 15, Bridge City 12. Next week, the Liberty Panthers take on the Hamshire-Fannett Longhorns in the final game of the season. Kickoff is at 7:30 at home in Liberty's Memorial Stadium.

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