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Highlanders get a lesson on gridiron
Tide fall to Yellow Jackets, 24-0
Highlander Michael Burnett runs to the outside. Burnett caught two passes in the end zone for both FPCA touchdowns. - photo by Patty Leon

Friday was a dismal night for the Long County High School football team.
Traveling to Hazlehurst to play Jeff Davis County, the Blue Tide had planned of notching their first 2-AA Region win of the year. Unfortunately for Ludowici the night did not go as planned.
In the rain, the Blue Tide turned the ball over five times as the Yellow Jackets beat them soundly 24-0.
With the loss, Long County falls to 1-2 overall and 0-1 in the region. Jeff Davis improved to 3-1 overall and 1-0 in the region.
Pick up a Wednesday paper for a full story on the game.

First Presbyterian Christian Academy traveled to Bellville where they fell 54-12 at Pinewood Christian Academy during Friday night’s non-conference game.
Pinewood Christian’s all-around athlete Preston Campbell scored on a 55-yard run in the first offensive drive of the game. He then kicked the extra point.
Campbell would prove to be the thorn in FPCA’s side as he scored a 41-yard run in the Patriots’ next offensive drive. He did miss the extra point.
The Patriots’ defense scored the next touchdown after ripping the ball right out of Highlander quarterback Dylan Stewart’s hands.
The FPCA boys did settle down and play solid defense as they held the Pinewood team out of the end zone for most of the second quarter under a torrential downpour.
Highlander Bolden Crane made a touchdown-saving tackle and the Patriots dropped a pass in the end zone.
But later Patriot quarterback Brenley Hagan connected on a pass to Jake Woolard who scampered into the end zone. And Pinewood’s John Michael Thompson caught a pass from Hagan and ran 40 yards until Stewart knocked him out of bounds just shy of the goal line. Patriot Cameron Dutton pushed through for the touchdown and Campbell kicked the extra point.
At half time the Highlanders trailed 40-0.
FPCA’s offense rebounded in the second half. Led by Stewart, the Highlanders mounted a drive that ate up most of the third quarter. The drive culminated with a 10-yard touchdown pass from Stewart to Mike Burnett. In the fourth quarter, Stewart would find a wide open Burnett in the end zone for another touchdown reception.
But the Patriots managed to score more points as the offense barreled through the banged up Highlanders.
Defensively the Highlanders’ Austin Hendrix,  Crane, Stewart and Joshua Armour were solid, but the Patriots had more depth on the bench and fresh legs to play.
Next Friday the FPCA boys will be in Cordele to play at Crisp Academy.

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