The Long County High School football team hits the road tonight to take on a tough Bacon County squad in Alma.
Kickoff is 7:30 p.m.
Last year, the Red Raiders finished their regular season with a 7-3 record and made the playoffs in Region 2-A. This year, Bacon County moved up into Region 2-AA and will be one of the better teams on Long County’s schedule. Through five games, the Red Raiders are 3-2 overall and 3-1 in the region. Their wins have come over Metter (28-25), Toombs County (7-6) and Jeff Davis (30-0); losses have been to Pierce County (20-27) and McIntosh County (26-20). The Red Raiders are putting up 21 points a game while allowing 17.
Long County, which also is 3-2, comes into tonight’s game off two straight region wins over Atkinson County (47-6) and Bryan County (20-13). The Blue Tide’s two losses have come against two of the toughest teams in the region: Benedictine Military School (39-0) and Vidalia (40-6). The Blue Tide are averaging and allowing 20 points a game. On Sept. 28 against Bryan County, they were down midway through the fourth period, but fought back with 14 unanswered points to pick up the win.
In the games that Long County has won, its running game has worked, which has opened up quarterback Jacob Turner’s passing attack. Another area it has performed well in during victories is their special teams. In the Blue Tide’s two losses, they gave up big plays on their kick returns, but covered kicks better in their wins. Also, against Bryan County punter Jeffery Hall made several big punts, including a 67 yarder, which kept the Redskins backed up. The Tide also seems to have found a placekicker for their extra points in Randall Beherndt.