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Blue Tide look to bounce back against Yellow Jackets
Long County (in white) travels tonight to Hazlehurst to face the Jeff Davis Yellow Jackets. The teams have a 2-2 record against each other. - photo by Mikee Riddle

After tough back-to-back losses to Bacon County and Toombs County, the Long County High School football team will be trying to get back on the winning track when they face Jeff Davis tonight in Hazlehurst.
Kickoff is 7:30.
In a head-to-head comparison, the game appears to be a good one, but Long County does seem to have an edge. The Blue Tide go into tonight’s game with a 3-4 overall record and a 2-4 mark in Region 2-AA, while Jeff Davis comes in at 2-5 overall and 1-5 in the region.  When looking at common opponents, both teams have wins over Atkinson County — Long County won 47-6 and Jeff Davis won 33-25 — and losses to Bacon County, which beat the Tide, 34-21, and the Yellow Jackets, 30-0.  But in common games against Bryan County, the Blue Tide won, 20-13, while the Yellow Jackets fell, 29-0.
The Blue Tide also seem to have an advantage on offense with 144 points scored this season for 21 points per game. The Yellow Jackets have struggled to put points on the board, scoring only 89 points for 13 points a game.  On defense, the Tide has allowed 171 points, or 24 points a game, while the Jackets have allowed 215 points, or 31 points a night.  
According to MaxPreps’ state high-school rankings, Long County is No. 32  in 2-AA, while Jeff Davis is No. 50.  
But even though the Blue Tide appear to be the favorite when comparing the stats, in head-to-head games, the series is tied at 2-2.  When the two teams played last year in Ludowici, the game went down to the wire, with the Yellow Jackets pulling out the 21-20 win. A missed extra point was the difference.
A recap will be in Sunday’s Coastal Courier.

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