Notes: Pink game a huge success, raises funds for breast cancer research
The first pink game for Liberty Hill football was a huge success for students, parents, and, most importantly, raising money and awareness for breast cancer research.
Liberty Hill High School’s Project Graduation raised about $2,500 selling pink T-shirts for the District 14-4A Division I game between the Panthers and the Hawks.
The effort, first organized in September, sold out their allotment of pink shirts before game day even came Friday night, according to Project Graduation treasurer Karla Bevers.
The shirts were sold by both Liberty Hill students and parents. This marked the first time Liberty Hill High School held a pink game for football. The volleyball team previously had held their pink game Tuesday in a district win over Lampasas.
The Liberty Hill junior high school also held a pink game for the LHJHS volleyball match versus Llano Monday.
A majority of the high school students in the Liberty Hill student section were wearing their pink T-shirts at the game. The Panther cheerleaders also raised awareness by sporting pink pom-poms and pink socks.
Bend, don’t break
The Liberty Hill defense played bend-don’t-break football in its first District 14-4A Division I matchup of the season against the Canyon Lake Hawks.
Canyon Lake gained 332 total yards of offense, but most of that yardage for the Hawks came between the 20-yard line, meaning Liberty Hill held tough on defense on third and fourth downs, and in the red zone.
The defense did have to spend a long time on the field Friday.
The offense only ran 42 plays for Liberty Hill. Coming into the game, the Panthers were averaging anywhere between 60 to 65 offensive plays per game.
However, Canyon Lake kept the ball out of the Liberty Hill hands, especially in the final quarter, where the hosts ran just three meaningful plays. The other two plays where kneel downs by quarterback Nick Hernandez to end the game.
Liberty Hill head coach Jerry Vance admitted that he expected it to be a defensive battle between two good football teams, especially since both teams run the same offense.
“We knew what they were going to run, and they knew what we were going to run,” said Vance. “It was just a matter of making tackles and who was going to blink first on defense.”
The Canyon Lake coach liked how his team played, but was more impressed by his opponent’s effort in the game.
“When we play like (Liberty Hill did tonight), we’ll have a chance to win district,” said Canyon Lake head coach Charles Drum.
Stat of the night
The Liberty Hill offense outgained their opponents by a razor-thin margin, 333 yards to 332.
The Panthers and Hawks were mirror images of each other on offense, with both teams running the Slot-T.
The main difference between the two offenses, however was the Hawks relied on the pass to get them big yardage picking up 120 yards in the air. Liberty Hill only managed 28 yards passing.