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Little Blue Tide smokes McIntosh, 19-0
Shutout: The Long County cheerleaders had a lot to cheer about as the Little Blue Tide beat the McIntosh County Bulldogs 19-0 Tuesday. - photo by Photo by Mike Riddle
Long County’s little boys with big hearts traveled to Eulonia on Tuesday to take on the tough McIntosh County Bulldogs and won, handedly, 19-0.
After shutting down the Bulldog offense on their first possession, Long County got the ball and came out on fire.
Big runs by Bowen Smiley and Josh Gordon set up Gordon running in for a 15-yard touchdown early in the game.
After a failed PAT, the score was Long County 6-0.
When McIntosh got the ball back, quarterback sacks by Dylan Stewart and L.G. Williams led the stout Blue Tide defense to once again shut the home team down, and the Blue got the ball back again on the Bulldog 35-yard line.
The boys in Blue were led by the running attack of Smiley and Gordon, which set up the passing game for the Tide. The Little Blue Tide quarterback set up in the pocket and hit Stewart on a buttonhook route for a 15-yard reception that surprised everyone in the stands.  
As they moved the ball, the Blue Boys had a second goal situation. But it didn’t take Matt Strickland long to end the suspense when he hit the hole for the two-yard touchdown. Gordon then took the ball in for the PAT, and the Little Blue Tide was up, 13-0, at the half.
The Little Blue’s first series in the second half looked pretty bleak as they were facing a fourth-and-20 situation on the Bulldog 35-yard line. But Gordon took the ball, and found a lane, racing for a 35-yard touchdown.
The Bulldog defense bore down to stop the PAT, so the score was 19-0 with the Long County boys on top.
The Bulldogs made a valiant effort trying to score, but with several big defensive plays made by Aaron Thacker (52) and solid defensive play by the entire team, the Little Blue Tide got the shutout.
After the game, the coaches for the Little Blue Tide had nothing but praise for both the offense  and defense.
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