Tonight brings the first test of the season for Long County as it travels to Savannah to take on Benedictine Military Academy.
Kickoff is 7:30 in Tiger Stadium on the Savannah State University campus.
The Cadets are coming off last week’s big win in which they beat one of their old region opponents, Effingham County, 27-7. Last season, the Cadets, who dropped out of Region 3-AAAAA to join 2-AA, finished the regular season with a 5-5 record and advanced to the playoffs. The last time Long County faced the Cadets was two years ago, a game the Savannah team won easily, 45-10.
Like the Cadets, Long County also is coming off a big win. The Blue Tide defeated Lanier County, 30-6, Aug. 31 in Ludowici. Josh Berry had two touchdowns, while Vanda Vareen and Fred Nelson each had a touchdown. The Blue Tide defense also stood out last week by allowing only one touchdown.
It is early in the season and both teams appear to be playing good football. Blue Tide head coach Ron Flott said he expects the Cadets to be a difficult opponent.
“They are coached well and are a disciplined football team,” he said. “I expect them to come out hard and fight hard for 48 minutes, and that’s what we’re going to have to do also — come out hard and play hard for the entire game.”
According to Long County High School Athletic Director Karen Swindell, the game will be televised on CW-13 or channel 7 on Comcast. Results from the game will be in Sunday’s Coastal Courier.