The Long County High School football team faces New Hampstead on Friday in Ludowici, looking to put a losing streak to rest.
The Phoenix bring an impressive 5-1 record into the game having won five games in a row, while the Blue Tide come in at 1-4 trying to end a two-game skid.
But even though New Hampstead’s record looks impressive, the quality of its opponents has not been that high. The Phoenix’s four wins have come against opponents with a combined record of 3-23, while their lone defeat was to Calvary Day (5-0) 48-12. The Blue Tide’s opponents, on the other hand, have been tough, with a record of 18-9.
New Hampstead is averaging 28 points a game, compared to Long County’s 15 points. On the defensive side of the ball, the Phoenix are allowing 23 points a game, compared to the Blue Tide giving up 28 points per contest.
But even though the stats and records point to a New Hampstead win, according to the MaxPreps-Foreman Power Poll, Long County is 22 spots higher in the state rankings than their upcoming opponents.
What also has to be taken into consideration is that this is only the second season of varsity play for the Phoenix, who last year they went 2-8, which included a loss in which the Blue Tide dominated from the opening kickoff to win 41-0.
Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.