The Long County High School football team had another tough Friday, having to take on Vidalia on the road.
The Indians went into the game as the No. 8 AA team in the state, according to MaxPreps.com, and were coming off a big win over McIntosh County. It didn’t take long for the home team to assert its dominance, jumping out to a 35-0 halftime lead en route to a 42-7 win over the Blue Tide.
Long County’s lone score came on a 5-yard run by Vanda Vereen Jr. late in the game.
“Our loss was a combination of us making too many mistakes and us not matching up well against them,” Blue Tide head coach Ron Flott said. “If we were going to have a chance against Vidalia, we had to play just about perfect, and we didn’t do that. But we did have several players on our team who did get better as the night went on, and we did give a great effort.”
Flott attributed his team’s mistakes to mental lapses and inexperience.
“We have got to keep working on our basic fundamentals on offense and defense, knowing what to do and when to do it,” he said. “Against a team like Vidalia, you can have 10 players doing what they’re supposed to be doing, and one player in the wrong spot and they will expose you … some of our mistakes were us not being focused, and some of it was just because we are a young football team.”
The coach said several players did well in the game, but that lineman Evan Strickland really stood out.
“Evan has been taking practice very serious, and he really showed up on Friday night, playing a good game,” Flott said.
With the loss, the Blue Tide fell to 1-2 overall and 0-2 in Region 2-AA Region.
On Friday, Long County has another region game, taking on Atkinson County (0-3, 0-2) in Ludowici.
Pick up a Friday paper for a preview on the game and also to find out who was selected as the player of the week against Vidalia.