The Long County High School football team will be back on the gridiron tonight when it hosts Metter at 7:30 p.m.
The Blue Tide, who are coming off a tough season-opening loss to Tattnall County on Aug 29 at home, are looking to get their first win of the year. Last week, Long County had a bye week and has had two weeks to prepare for this tough non-region game.
Metter, which is 2-1, also comes into tonight’s contest off a loss, falling to Emanuel County Institute, 35-13, last Friday in Twin City. The Tigers came out of the gate strong this season, notching wins over Bryan County, 26-0, and Claxton, 22-6.
Despite the difference in the records, on paper the two teams appear to be pretty evenly matched with Long County averaging 14 points a game compared to Metter’s 20.
In last season’s matchup, the game was scoreless through three quarters, but the Tigers scored two late touchdowns to pull out the win, 14-0. Two years ago, the Blue Tide manhandled the Tigers in their 49-7 win.
If Long County is going to win tonight, it will need to limit the mistakes that it made two weeks ago against Tattnall County, in which they lost, 23-14. The Blue Tide’s miscues in the secondary extended drives that led to two scores for the Warriors.
Long County also will need to have another big game from Brendon Scott, who ran for for 247 yards and two touchdowns against Tattnall.