LIBERTY -- The Powdersville Patriots took their undefeated record into Liberty on Friday night and spoiled Liberty’s homecoming as they beat the Red Devils 40-0.
Powdersville remains undefeated, improving to 5-0.
The Patriots led 20-0 at the end of the 1st quarter despite having a mere three offensive plays, one of which was a touchdown pass from Eli Hudgins to wideout Kyle Rice.
“As a team that’s wanting to score some points, it’s a little frustrating when the offense unit gets maybe three plays the entire 1st quarter,” said Powdersville head coach Robert Mustar.
Special teams played a huge role early in the game. As Mustar put it, “[We] did some special things tonight.”
Rice also returned a punt for a touchdown, giving him 2 scores in the 1st quarter. Junior Thomas Williams blocked a punt, caught it in mid-air and cruised into the end zone for a touchdown. The blocked punt and punt return for a touchdown were both firsts for the team this season. Last week, Williams was voted the Class 3A Upstate offensive player of the week by the South Carolina Football Coaches Association.
The Powdersville defense played at an elite level, keeping Liberty off the scoreboard. The last time the Patriots shut out an opponent was last season at Carolina when they beat the Trojans 58-0.
Penalties were a nagging issue carried over from last week against Pendleton.
“I’m not a fan of them (penalties), whenever we felt like we earned those penalties or what … regardless, those calls went against us and we’ve got to try to put ourselves in a position where they can’t make that call.” said Mustar.
Going into the bye week, the Patriots hope to get rid of the penalty rock in their shoes. The bye comes at a good time. It is the middle of the season, marking the end of non-region play for Powdersville.
Next week, Liberty (0-2) heads to Greenville to face the Trojans of Carolina, while Powdersville doesn’t play again until Week 6 at Palmetto (0-3), marking the Patriots’ 1st Region 2-3A game.