Long County beat Metter, 28-20, Friday in Ludowici for the Blue Tide’s first win of the season.
On the Tide’s first possession, junior Jaquarius Harrison raced 63 yards before being brought down at the Tiger 16-yard line. The Blue Tide faced a fourth-and-goal situation at the 1-yard line when quarterback Brendon Scott ran off the right tackle and in for the score. Harrison hit the same hole on the 2-point conversion, and Long County led, 8-0.
Metter started its drive with good field position at its own 45-yard line. The Tigers methodically drove to the Long County 15 and faced fourth-and-10. The Tiger quarterback dropped back for a pass, but the Blue Tide defense forced him to run. A host of defenders made the tackle short of the first down, and Long County had the ball again at their own 13-yard line.
Over the next series of downs, Scott had runs of 24 and 41 yards. On fourth-and-17 at the Tiger 17, Scott threw across the middle, but his pass fell incomplete, giving possession back to Metter.
On the ensuing Metter possession, a Tiger running back attempted a sweep, but the Blue Tide forced a fumble and recovered at their own 49-yard line. On the next play, Scott darted down the sideline, scoring for a 51-yard touchdown. Harrison once again punched in the conversion and the Blue Tide led, 16-0.
The Tigers were forced to punt on the next possession, but defender Jamin Davis blocked the kick to give Long County the ball back at the Metter 20. Two plays later, Scott scored again, going in from the 14 for a 22-0 lead.
Metter scored on its next possession, but failed on the point-after attempt.
During the Tigers’ next offensive series, the Blue Tide defense came up with an interception near midfield. Then, Long County’s offensive front once again dominated the line of scrimmage, as Scott scored his fourth touchdown of the game from 3 yards out. Fullback John Wise rambled around the corner for an apparent 2-point conversion, but the points were taken off the board due to a penalty. On the Tide’s second try, the conversion failed, leaving them with a 28-6 lead.
Metter got the ball back its own 43 with 39 seconds left in the half. The Blue Tide secondary was in too tight, and the Tiger tailback took advantage. He found a hole and, once he hit the second level of the defense, raced in for a 57-yard touchdown as time expired. After a failed conversion, Long County went into the half leading, 28-12.
The Tigers got the ball first in the second half and came out playing tough. Driving consistently, they moved the ball all the way to the Blue Tide 1 and faced a fourth-and-goal. As the Metter runner attempted to break a tackle, a host of Tide defenders forced him to the ground short of the end zone, giving Long County the ball back deep in their own territory.
The Tigers scored one more touchdown, but it wasn’t enough.
Long County head coach Ron Flott praised his team after the game.
“That was a gutty performance,” he said. “We made some big stops on the defense, we made some big plays on the offense, and our special teams made some big plays. That win was a total team effort.”
Long County improved its overall record to 1-1, and Metter fell to 2-2.
On Friday, the Blue Tide travel to Hazlehurst to take on Jeff Davis County (2-1) in their first Region 2-AA game of the year. See Friday’s Courier for a preview.