LUDOWICI — After two preseason scrimmages, the Long County Blue Tide are anxious to get the season started.
Coach Michael Pfiester’s team took on McIntosh County Academy in the first scrimmage and then faced MCA and Class 6A power Brunswick in its final preseason tuneup.
“This was new for us, doing two scrimmages,” Pfiester said. “I liked it in many ways. It was good for us to get different levels of competition.”
The Blue Tide, which opens the season Friday in Lyons at Toombs County, played well against MCA in the first scrimmage, Pfiester said, but the Buccaneers were improved in the second go-round.
Pfiester also liked getting to go up against a team from much a higher classification, and with a deep arsenal of athletes, with Brunswick.
“We got to see a different level of competition,” he said. “We didn’t look out of place, and we made them work for their scores.”
Pfiester points out he’s in week one of year two of running the Blue Tide program. He is trying to instill an attention of detail, among other traits, to his players.
“We still have a lot of things we’re working on as a program,” he said. “We’re getting better at it.”
The Blue Tide finished 2021 at 5-6, falling to Southeast Bulloch in the first round of the Class AAA playoffs. While the new region loses powerhouses Pierce County and Appling County, the Blue Tide pick up Savannah private schools Calvary Day, loaded with top college prospects, Savannah Christian and Savannah Country Day.
The Blue Tide also now gets Liberty County as a region opponent.
But first is the trip to Lyons to face the Bulldogs, a team the Blue Tide has never beaten.
“I think we’re ready,” Pfiester said. “I’ve talked to our team all offseason. We have a lot of potential. We can be really good.”