For two quarters Friday, the Long County football team held its own against undefeated Vidalia High School.
However, a second-half surge in which the visiting team put up 33 points resulted in the host Blue Tide dropping their second game of the year, 40-6.
The Indians got the first possession of the night and began at their own 9. They drove down the field for a score, which was provided by running back Darius Brown on a 6-yard run.
Long County’s first drive stalled near midfield, and the home team punted. Vidalia once again drove deep into Long County territory, but faced fourth and 5 at the Long County 16. Quarterback D.J. Mincey threw the ball toward an Indian receiver, but the Blue Tide defense batted the ball to the ground to gain possession.
On the Blue Tide’s second possession, quarterback Jacob Turner hit wide receiver Shawn Mills for a big 20-yard reception, and the Tide were driving. But once again, the drive stalled close to midfield, and the Tide went into halftime trailing, 7-0.
The Blue Tide got the ball first in the second half and began a drive at their own 20. Turner hit tailback Josh Berry across the middle, and the big running back raced 54 yards to the Vidalia 26. After a short run for no gain, Turner’s pass attempt to Deonte Ellis was deflected. A Vidalia defensive back caught the ball in mid-air and scampered all the way to the Long County 24.But the Blue Tide defense hunkered down, and the Indians faced fourth and 9.
Vidalia head coach Lee Chompskis decided to try for a 40-yard field goal instead of punting, but with pressure from the Tide defense, Dakota Paradise’s kick was short.
After this series, however, everything started going south for the Blue Tide. The Indians put up 19 points in the third period, and then added seven more early in the fourth to go up, 33-0, with a little more than 10 minutes to play.
Long County’s Brendon Scott returned a kick to Long County 32 and, after a couple of big receptions by tight end Luke Golden, the Blue Tide had the ball at the Vidalia 6.
Turner took the snap, rolled out to his right and found Jeffery Hall in the corner of the end zone for a touchdown.
Long County went for two but failed to convert to make the score 33-6.
The Indians punched in one more score.
After the game, Blue Tide head coach Ron Flott had little to say.
“We had a couple break-downs in the second half and let it get away from us,” he said.
The Tide fell to 1-2, while the Indians moved to 3-0.