The Long County High School football team is back at home Friday to taking on New Hampstead.
The Blue Tide go into the game with a 1-4 overall record and a 0-3 mark in Region 2-AA. Though the Long County has dropped three games in a row, two of those losses came against Jeff Davis, which is 4-1, and Vidalia, which is 6-0.
The Phoenix come into Friday’s game with a 1-5 record during its first year playing at the varsity level. They have lost to Calvary Day (54-12), Ridgeville/Hardeeville (40-17), Groves (32-7), Islands High School (14-13) and Hephzibah (38-20). However, their lone win came last week when they beat Glascock County, 27-20, and they will be looking to continue that success on Friday.
Long County came out strong this season, playing well in a losing effort against Tattnall County (23-14) and even better in its win over Metter (28-20). Two weeks ago, against Jeff Davis, the defense had a solid night, but the offense sputtered in a 24-0 loss. Over their last two games, however, against Bacon County (52-7) and Vidalia (42-0), the Blue Tide was outmatched in all areas of the game.
Blue Tide head coach Ron Flott said of his team’s recent slump that everyone has accepted responsibility for the losses and is prepared to do whatever is necessary to get that second win of the season.
“Everyone has to be accountable, coaches, players, the waterboy — everyone,” Flott said. “It all starts with me. No matter what, I get 51 percent of that vote, but we’re going to do all we can to win a football game.”
Friday’s game kicks off at 7:30 p.m. It is also Recreation Department Night; all Long County recreation-department players, cheerleaders and coaches will be admitted into the game free if they wear their uniforms.