The Long County High School football team plays its first regular-season game of 2014 tonight by hosting Tattnall County.
Both the Blue Tide and the Battle Creek Warriors are looking at tonight’s game as a springboard to have a better season than last year. In 2013, the Blue Tide went 2-8, while the Battle Creek Warriors didn’t do much better, going 4-6.
In the series between the schools, Tattnall County is 4-0.
If the Blue Tide are going to beat the Warriors, they will have to move the ball on the ground. To do that, they will need a big game out of junior running back Brendon Scott, who rushed for over 600 yards last year. Scott running the ball well — and, subsequently, the Blue Tide moving the chains — will keep the Tattnall County offense on the bench.
On the defensive side of the ball, Long County will have to limit big plays and keep the game in reach for its offense.
Seniors Dequan Glover and Mykoel Stanley will need to play well for that to happen. Glover, a cornerback, will need to prevent the big play in the secondary, while Stanley, the strong-side linebacker, will be key to keeping the Tattnall running game in check.
According to MaxPreps.com, the Warriors go into tonight’s game as the favorites. MaxPreps has Long County ranked No. 49 in the state in the AA rankings, while Tattnall County is at No. 44 in AAA.
History will be made tonight with the game slated as a “blackout” contest. The Tide will leave the blue jerseys on the hangers and wear black for the first time. All fans also are asked to wear black.
Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Veterans Field.