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Blue Tide's struggles continue at Tattnall
The Long County Blue Tide are still looking for their first win of the season. - photo by Photo by Mike Riddle

On Friday the Long County High School football team had to travel over to Tattnall County to take on the Battle Creek Warriors in another Region 2-AAA game. The Blue Tide went into the contest still looking for their first win of the season; sadly they are still looking for that win. The Warriors scored on five of their eight first half possessions enroute to a 47-7 victory.

Long County received the ball first, but after only one first down they were forced to punt. On Tattnall County’s first offensive play of the night quarterback Craige Saxton rambled 66 yards for a score. After a failed PAT the home team led 6-0. On the ensuing kickoff the Battle Creek Warriors fooled everybody by kicking an onside kick, which they recovered at the Long County 46 yard line. On that possession a host of Blue Tide defenders sacked Saxton, forcing the Warriors to punt. Long County got the ball again at their own 25 yard line, but after three playes they had to punt again.

After a big punt return by Tattnall County, the Warriors had the ball at the Long County 10 yard line. After three big plays, it appeared that the Blue Tide were going to be able to shut down the home team, as Tattnall County faced a 4th and goal situation at the Long County 19 yard line. But Saxton threw a post pass to the corner of the end zone that Deon Durden came down with for the touchdown. The Warriors went for two, but the Blue Tide shut them down making the score 12-0.After the kickoff Long County had the ball at their own 35. Blue Tide quarterback Dominic Roschmann found tight end Christian Bass open for a 10 yard reception, and then found tailback E.J. Crawford open for a 36 yard reception. But despite moving the ball well, the Long County drive stalled at the Tattnall County 24 yard line.

The Warriors got the ball back and it didn’t take them long to score as Deandre Johnson scampered for a 65 yard score. After a third point after attempt failed the home team led 18-0. On their next possession the Long County offense continued to sputter, having to punt after three plays. Tattnall County had the ball again, this time at the Blue Tide 38 yard line. After a big sack by Long County’s Cory Taylor, the Warriors were forced to punt. But once again the Blue Tide offense could not score, nor could they put up any points in the first half. Tattnall County added two more scores before the break and two more in the second half.

In the fourth period, Long County was finally able to put up some points when Crawford lined up in the shotgun, and drove in for an 11 yard touchdown. Alex Maldonado kicked the point after making the final score 47-7.

With the loss the Blue Tide fell to 0-9 overall and 0-4 in the region, while the Battle Creek Warriors improved to 3-5 overall and 2-2 in the region. Long County will wrap up their season next week at home when they face Brantley County. Like the Blue Tide the Herons are still looking for their first win of the season and are coming off a disappointing loss to Liberty County, 46-0.

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