The Long County High School football team will try to end a two-game losing streak tonight when the Blue Tide travel to Pearson to face Atkinson County.
Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.
The Rebels are another old foe of the Blue Tide, who moved up to Region 2-AA this season. The two teams met in 2002 and 2003; Atkinson County won both games.
Last year, the Rebels finished with a 1-9 record, and this year they are struggling
again, sitting at 0-3 with losses to Lanier County (19-8), Jeff Davis (33-25) and McIntosh County (40-0). Atkinson County is averaging 11 points a game, while giving up 31 points a night.
The Blue Tide’s two most recent games were losses to Benedictine Military School (39-0) and Vidalia High School (40-6) after opening their season with a 30-6 win over Lanier County. The Blue Tide also are struggling to put points on the board, as they are averaging 12 points a game while allowing 28 points.
If the Blue Tide wants to get back to a .500 mark, they need to get their wing-bone offense back in tune behind the running of Josh Berry and Vanda Vareen and the passing of quarterback Jacob Turner. The defense will need to decrease mistakes in the secondary. Last week against Vidalia, the Blue Tide made several mistakes on special teams. A key to defeating the Rebels will be to not allow the big plays when they are punting.