Despite tough effort, Devils fall to Patriots

By Ryan Davenport
For The Courier

POWDERSVILLE — When your opponent is a classification higher and likely to be ranked in the Class 3A top 10 soon, the margin for error is slim.

The Liberty Red Devils were reminded of that lesson in Friday’s 27-20 loss to Powdersville (3-1).

The Devils established their vaunted running game. They played well in the trenches. They were largely successful limiting Powdersville’s daunting passing game. They played reasonably clean, with only five penalties, and outgained the Patriots offensively.

The glaring mistakes — a first-quarter fumble, an interception just before the half, and a seven-minute Powdersville drive to start the second half — negated the Liberty efforts. With Powdersville’s recent track record, those are massive disadvantages for an opponent.

“Powdersville is well-coached, and

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