The Long County High School football team will face the Wayne County Yellow Jackets tonight in Ludowici.
The Blue Tide are 0-2 after a pair of disappointing losses — a 28-21 setback at Bryan County to open the season and a 27-21 overtime loss to Southeast Bulloch. But the Tide had opportunities to win both of those games and just as easily could be 2-0.
The Yellow Jackets also come into the game winless after tying Windsor Forest, 28-28, two weeks ago and losing, 35-25, to Appling County last week.
Led by an efficient quarterback in Jacob Turner and a diverse running attack spearheaded by Deonte Ellis and Fred Nelson, the Blue Tide offense has looked capable and productive. On defense, the team has looked good for much of its two games and appears to be improved from last year.
But the Yellow Jackets go into tonight’s game as the clear favorites.
With quarterback Grayson Lambert leading the attack, the Jackets have been more than capable of putting up points against two quality opponents.
Lambert, the top quarterback prospect in Georgia according to a number of recruiting sources, already has committed to Virginia.
Yet in week one, Wayne County led the Knights, 21-6, at the half but fell apart in the second half and was outscored, 22-7.
Last week against a good Appling County team, which now is 2-0, the Yellow Jackets played well at times but also made several mental mistakes that contributed to the loss.
When the two teams meet tonight in Long County, the Blue Tide will be the smaller team on both the offensive and defensive lines. They also will be giving up some height on defense in the secondary. For Long County to have a chance against the 2A-AAAA Yellow Jackets, the Blue Tide will have to try to keep the ball out of Lambert’s hands and not make mistakes. The Tide also will need the visiting team to make a few mistakes — and be able to capitalize on them.
The game is at 7:30 tonight in Ludowici.