The Long County High School football team’s season took another turn for the worse Friday when the team lost 35-0 to Appling County, dropping their seventh game of the year.
"We made a lot of mistakes and we didn’t play as well as we could have," Blue Tide head coach Kyle Wilson said. "On defense we didn’t do well, and on offense in the first half we didn’t block well."
The Tide struggled on both sides of the ball and, according to Wilson, the problem is a lack of execution.
"We’re still not executing," he said. "We didn’t quit and we kept fighting, but we have to execute if we’re going to play better."
The Tide has a young team. With several sophomore and freshman starters, the future may be brighter, but the present is gloomy.
"We do have a lot of younger players starting and we’re trying to overcome their lack of experience, but for them to get better, they have to keep working hard, keep a positive attitude, and then they’ll be better next year," Wilson said.
Despite the Tide’s loss to the Appling Pirates, the coach praised his squad for not giving up.
"Look, it’s getting tough," he said. "These guys were down and they could have been pouting and complaining, but they didn’t. They kept their attitude positive. They kept encouraging each other, and that’s a good thing for our team."
With Friday’s loss, the Tide’s overall record is 1-7. The battle will continue Friday in Ludowici as the Long County team takes on the 7-1 Tattnall County Battle Creek Warriors.
For a preview of the Tattnall game, see Friday’s Courier.