LIBERTY — The Powdersville Patriots (3-1) accomplished what others couldn’t against the Liberty Red Devils (4-1) and its defense: They scored.
With only three banks of lights operating, the Patriots’ E. J. Humphrey was especially tough to find for Liberty as he slashed and cut his way to 144 yards on the ground and three TD’s leading Powdersville to a 33-14 win on the road.
The Patriots handed the Red Devils their first loss on the season.
Powdersville started the night by throwing an interception on its very first possession and things looked as if they would be standard operating procedure for Liberty’s defense, but a miscue by the Red Devils’ special teams would change the tone of the night.
Following the interception Liberty was forced to punt and a snap over the punter’s head led to a 2-0 lead as the Patriots forced the safety. The free kick gave the Patriots great field position and Humphrey tore one off for a 38-yard TD and a 9-0 lead.
The Patriots extended their lead early in the second quarter when Humphrey struck for his second score from 33 yards out putting Liberty in a 16-point deficit. Liberty recovered a Patriots fumble at the Powdersville 48 and Cauvagio Butler would put the Red Devils on the board with a 5-yd TD run, closing the gap to 16-6.
Tay Cureton would stifle any comeback hopes for Liberty in the waning second quarter as he returned an interception 67 yards for a score and a 23-6 lead at the break.
The Red Devils defense would once again make a stand to open the third quarter forcing two three and out possessions for Powdersville and with less than five minutes on the clock in the period Butler scampered 49 yards for the score, cutting the Patriots’ lead to 23-14 with the two point conversion.
Humphrey wasted no time as minutes later he once again broke away from the Liberty defense, this time from 51 yards out, helping Powdersville to pull away to a 30-14 lead.
Austin Snow added a 21-yd FG late to give Powdersville the 33-14 win.
The Patriots were able to provide a strong offensive performance despite the loss of starting QB Emery Williams in the first quarter, who never returned to the game.
Butler was the highlight on the night for Liberty leading the Red Devils with 87 yards on the ground.
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