Though Bradwell Institute (1-2) may be in Region 2-AAAAAA and Long County High School (1-1-1) in Region 2-AAA, the football teams go toe-to-toe Friday.
The schools have been playing varsity level basketball, baseball, softball and soccer against each other for several years, but this will be the first time that they slam helmets.
Both are coming off successful outings last week, so both will go into the game primed for the win.
The Tigers are coming off a 30-20 victory over Tattnall County that ended a 22-game losing streak. In that game, they jumped out to a 7-0 lead after Terrius Crimiel took the opening kickoff in, but then had to come from behind after the Battle Creek Warriors posted two scores to go up 12-7.
Long County didn’t win last week against New Hampstead, but the Blue Tide had to come out of the contest feeling pretty good after coming back from a 12-0 deficit to tie 20-20 with the Phoenix. One area where the Blue Tide definitely showed well was on defense where they shut the Pooler team down twice in the red-zone.
Both teams have areas where they would appear to be the favorite going into Friday’s game, according to MaxPreps.com. Both are averaging 19 points in scoring. On the defense, Long County is giving up only 19 points a game compared to Bradwell allowing 32 points. In the passing game, Long County also has an advantage, putting up 98 yards a game, compared to Bradwell’s 42 yards.
However, in the rushing game, the Tigers have a big advantage, averaging 248 yards a game compared to Long County’s 97 yards.
Defensively, it appears the Blue Tide has the advantage, averaging 83 tackles a game compared to the Tigers 33. Long County is also averaging 1.3 sacks a game, while Bradwell has yet to record a sack.
Even though statistically the two teams appear to be fairly even, according to state rankings the AAAAAA Tigers have a big edge, being rated 110 spots higher than the AAA Blue Tide, according to MaxPreps.
One area where Long County will have the advantage is that the game will be in Ludowici and it will be Homecoming for the Blue Tide.
So the question going into Friday’s game is, will the Tigers get back-to-back wins, or will Long County pull off an upset in front of a large home-town crowd. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.