Long County High School takes on Jeff Davis High School tonight in a 2-AA Region matchup.
In addition to the Blue Tide hoping for their first region win of the year against the Yellow Jackets, they also are looking to provide a win for a large homecoming crowd.
The Tide goes into the game with a 1-6 overall record and an 0-6 region mark. Despite losing last week to Toombs County, the contest was one of the best performances of the year by the Ludowici team.
In that game, Long County put up 21 points, matching their best offensive effort of the year. Though they gave up 34 points, at the half they were down by only one score.
Jeff Davis heads into tonight’s game with a 1-6 record, having beaten Atkinson County 18-0 in their opening week of play. Since that win, they too have struggled, being blown out in four of their six losses.
On paper the two teams appear fairly even. MaxPreps.com has the Blue Tide ranked at 50th, and it has the Yellow Jackets at 51st in 2-AA state rankings. On offense Long County is averaging 13 points a game compared to Jeff Davis averaging 11. On defense the Blue Tide is giving up 34 points a night, compared to the Yellow Jackets allowing 28 points.
In the series between the schools, Jeff Davis has won twice, while Long County has won three times, including last year’s 48-0 thumping.
Blue Tide head coach Ron Flott expects a tough game, and says that if his team is going to turn things around, it has to execute.
“We’ve got to keep improving,” Flott said. “If we are going to win, our kids have got to do on every offensive and defensive series what they have been coached to do.”
The game is at 7:30 p.m. on Veterans Field in Ludowici. During halftime, the 2013 homecoming queen and princesses will be announced.