The 2016 high school football season is just around the corner.
This year, Long County’s team will move up from Region 2-AA into 2-AAA. Region opponents will include old foes such Pierce, Brantley and Appling counties. But there will also be new faces from Tattnall and Liberty counties.
Despite moving up in class, Long County still hopes to improve on last season’s 3-7 record.
On Aug. 12, the Blue Tide will see their first action of the year, scrimmaging the Claxton Tigers in Ludowici. Two weeks later, Long County will open the regular season schedule against Islands in Savannah on Aug. 26.
On Sept. 2, the Blue Tide will be on the road again, taking on the Jeff Davis Yellow Jackets.
Long County gets its first home game Sept. 9, facing the Windsor Forest Knights. On Sept. 16, Long County is on the road again, taking on New Hampstead in Savannah.
Sept. 23 is a special night for the Blue Tide with it being homecoming for the school. The game is also a big night for the football team as Long County takes on Bradwell Institute for the first time at the varsity level.
After the game against the Tigers, the Blue Tide are off the next Friday and have two weeks to prepare for their remaining five region opponents.
The first region game is against Appling County on Oct. 7. The game against the Pirates will be in Ludowici with the night also being Recreation Department Night and Long County Middle School Band Night.
On Oct. 14, Long County is on the road again taking on Pierce County. On Oct. 21, the Blue Tide will travel to Hinesville to take on the Liberty County Panthers.
On Oct. 28, Long County is back in the friendly confines of Veterans Memorial Field against Tattnall County. The game against the Warriors is also Senior Night for the Blue Tide with all graduating players, band members and cheerleaders being recognized at the half.
On Nov. 9, Long County closes out the regular season in Nahunta to take on Brantley County.
All of the Long County varsity games will be played at 7:30 p.m.
The Blue Tide junior varsity games kick off Sept. 1 against Tattnall County in Reidsville. The Tide are at home on Sept. 8 against Brantley County, and back on the road against Bradwell Institute on Sept. 15.
On Sept. 29, Long County hits the road again, taking on Appling County and on Oct. 6, the team is at home against Pierce County. On Oct. 13, the JV plays Metter in Candler County and closes the schedule against Liberty County on Oct. 20 in Ludowici.
All junior varsity games are at 5 p.m.