Long County closes out the season Friday against Benedictine Military School in a David vs. Goliath game.
This week’s MaxPreps-Foreman power poll ranks the Cadets as the No. 1 AA team in the state and 17th overall.
The Cadets are the defending state champs and haven’t lost a game in more than a year.
They currently are 9-0, having already secured the top spot in Region 2-AA. Of those nine wins, seven have been blowouts including last week’s 42-0 win over McIntosh County.
They are averaging 44 points a game and allowing 11. The Cadets clearly have one of the best teams in the state.
The Blue Tide, on the other hand, are wrapping up a disappointing season. With a roster full of juniors and seniors, this was the year many believed the team would notch its first winning record and make a push for the playoffs.
Instead, the Tide are 3-6 overall and 2-4 in the region. On a positive note, Long County could easily be 5-4 right now. Its losses to Tattnall County (21-14) and Metter (24-18) were close and, in both of those games, the Blue Tide had touchdowns called back.
They also have been competitive in most of their games, which is evident by them averaging 22 points and giving up 26.
If Long County is going to be David and slay Goliath, it is going to have to play a perfect game and hope the Cadets make mistakes. The Blue Tide offense will need to put long drives together and keep the potent Benedictine offense sidelined.
Quarterback Brendon Scott will need to have a good game in the air and on the ground. Wide receiver Jack Lauver, who leads the team in receptions (30) and yards (497), will also need to get open.
The ground game will need to be led by Jaquarius Harrison, who leads the team in yards per carry (6.8 yards) and scoring (12 TDs).
On defense, Jamin Davis, who leads the team in tackles (111), will have to have another big game and hope that his teammates can force turnovers.
Friday night is also senior night for Long County with all graduating band members, cheerleaders and football players being recognized before the game. Kickoff is at 7:30.