Wewahitchka dropped by Liberty County

Rashard Ranie

Rashard Ranie (No. 7) led the Gators with 139 yards passing and 32 yards rushing.

Courtesy of Mallory Peak
Published: Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at 03:26 PM.

BRISTOL — Liberty County Coach Grant Grantham said he didn’t know what kind of team he would have this season. After Friday’s win over Wewahitchka, the answer so far is a good one.

The Bulldogs won their third straight behind six rushing touchdowns en route to a 46-8 rout of the Gators. Wewahitchka dipped to 0-3 after the non-district clash of Class 1A foes.

Liberty County raced out to an 18-0 lead after one quarter in another display of quick offense. It scored 40 points in the opening stanza last week against Holmes County. The Bulldogs (3-0) and their no-huddle rushing attack led 39-0 at the half.

“I thought at the beginning of the season we had a chance to be pretty decent on offense,” said Grantham, the longtime Liberty County coach. “We have a lot of good kids that can run the ball, probably more than last year.”

J.J. House led the group of rushers with 109 yards. William Hayes added 101 and two touchdowns, Jordan Chaney 57 and a score, Dee Fitzgerald 54 and a TD and Ben Beckwith 52 on three carries.

Grantham was most impressed on defense. The Bulldogs held the Gators scoreless until a 26-yard scoring pass from Rashard Ranie to Isaac Madrid with 20 seconds to play. It was the first defensive score allowed by Liberty County this season.

“We’re playing much better on defense than I thought we’d be,” Grantham said. “I’m pleased with how well we’re playing there.”

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