The Long County High School football team lost its ninth game of the year Friday, falling 28-0 to Tattnall County High School in Reidsville.
The win improved Tattnall County’s overall record to 5-4 and the Warriors’ Region 2-AA mark to 4-2. The Blue Tide fell to 0-9 overall and 0-6 in the region.
Still, Long County coach Ron Flott saw positives in the Tide’s performance, especially after he got a chance to look at game film.
“I was pleased with the kids’ effort,” Flott said. “They battled tooth and nail with Tattnall and I’m proud of them.”
Flott said he and his assistants saw the game much more clearly after reviewing film over the weekend. On most of the plays, he said, the players did what they were coached to do. He also said he was pleased with the team’s defensive effort in forcing four fumbles in the contest.
“Our team played pretty well,” Flott said. “We had a lot of young kids on the field and they’re learning a lot about football. I wish we had three or four more games this year. Four or five times in the game we were one block away from a big play. ... A mistake here and there cost us, but we were only about six or seven plays away from being in there with Tattnall. Even though we got beat, I’m excited about what we’re doing.”
Flott praised the defensive play of free safety Brandon Adkins and the play on offense and defense of halfback and linebacker Vanda Vareen. One player in Friday’s game that Flott especially was proud of was Josh Berry.
Berry has been fighting leukemia for almost a year now and was just cleared by his doctor last week to play in the game against the Battle Creek Warriors.
“We named Josh our honorary captain for the game, and the truth is, he’s a gamer. He made some good plays for us and almost took one to the house. It’s a credit to his character and how he was raised in how he has battled back,” Flott said.
The Blue Tide will be back at home Friday for their final game of the season as Toombs County (1-8) comes to town. Pick up Friday’s edition of the Courier to read a preview of the game.
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