Dogs need Liberty Hills win in order to reach playoffs

Brady and Liberty Hill, two teams with identical (1-1) records in District 26-3A play, will meet in Liberty Hill Friday (tonight) in a game that more than likely will determine a playoff berth. Wimberley is the lone undefeated team in the district at 2-0 while Brady, Liberty Hill, Burnet and Ingram Tom Moore are a game behind at 1-1. “This game is a must for both teams,” Brady coach Jay Jones said Wednesday. “They face Burnet and Ingram in their final two games while we have Ingram and Wimberley.” Only Llano, at 0-2, has not won a district game. The Bulldog coach said that Liberty Hill is similar to his club. “Their and our problem all season has been inconsistency. We both have our backs to the wall.” Liberty Hill comes into the game with an overall record of 3-4. Wins have been over Hutto (16-8), Salado (48-8) and Llano (16-14). Losses have been to Austin Anderson (55-18), Troy (21-18), Comanche (20-12) and Wimberley last week (48-14). Brady has beaten Mason and Llano while losing to Coleman, Sonora, Ballinger, Coleman and Burnet. The Panther attack is led by Coach Hal Wasson’s son, Chase, a sophomore. Top running back is senior tailback Elvis Walker, a 205-pounder. Tight end Josh White at 220 is a formidable receiver. Big man on the line, both offensive and defensively, is Spencer Tyler, who is a 280-pound senior. “They run a multi-offense, like we do,” Jones said. “They try to spread it out.” Defensively, the Panthers run a three or four-man front with much blitzing. Jones said he felt the game would come down to which one makes the fewest turnovers and mistakes, such as penalties. And, of course, field position is always a huge factor.” The Bulldogs will be in fairly good condition for the game. Blake Raybion is out with a back injury while Jacob Allred (shoulder), Jeff Bowden (concussion), Chase Adams (concussion) and Johnny Menefield (hip) all should play. “This appears to be an even match-up. We both lost to Comanche and both beat Llano. I expect both teams will be ready for a fight,” Jones said. Brady and Liberty Hill have faced each other on the gridiron only twice’in 1994 and 1995. The Panthers won the first game 24-15 while Brady took the second, 33-27. The stadium is in the same spot for those who made that game in ’94. For those who didn’t, follow these directions: From Highway 29, take a right at the first traffic light coming into town. The street turns into Loop 322, follow it to the football field.

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