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Little Blue Tide ends season with win
And the winner is: Long County’s Little Blue Tide celebrate their win over the McIntosh County Bulldogs, 27-0. - photo by Photo by Mike Riddle


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The home fans had plenty to smile about Tuesday when the Long County Little Blue Tide won their final game of the season over the McIntosh County Bulldogs, 27-0.
Playing at Veterans Stadium in Ludowici, the boys in blue jumped out to the lead when Bowen Smiley crashed off the right tackle for a six-yard touchdown. With Matt Strickland’s PAT, the Blue was up 7-0 early.
In the second period, the Little Blue Tide got another big score on their first series, when Strickland took the handoff from quarterback Josh Gordon and rambled 42 yards for the score.
The Tide lined up for the conversion, but had a penalty on the play that backed them up to the 17-yard line. Not worrying, Gordon set up in the pocket, and with protection from the “Big” Blue offensive line, he threw the pass to Dylan Stewart for a 17-yard PAT, making the score 14-0.
With 1:20 left in the half, the Little Blue Tide got the ball back, and Strickland hit pay dirt again. After Gordon’s PAT, the score was 21-0 to end the half.
In the second half, Strickland capped off the day with a 73-yard touchdown, making the final score 27-0.
For the game, the offensive line for the Little Blue Tide opened holes for the running backs all night and dominated the line of scrimmage.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Blue Boys manhandled the Bulldogs from start to finish, only allowing the visiting team to cross mid-field one time, and never allowed them to get deeper than the Blue 37-yard line.
Players who played smart when it came to loose balls on the ground for the Little Blue Tide were Tyler Shackleford, L.G. Williams and Holden Riddle, who each had a fumble recovery.  
After the game, all the coaches gathered the team up, and told them how proud they were of each and every member of the team for how much they had improved, and the effort they had shown throughout the season.
Long County Recreation Director Shawn Mills also spoke to the team and said, “I’m proud of all of you for sticking it out. You have done a good job, and I hope to see you all back out here for baseball, basketball and football again next year.”
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