Last Friday, Long County picked up its first win of the football season by knocking off unbeaten Jeff Davis 20-17. In the Blue Tide’s first game, they lost to Tattnall County by seven points, and in their second game they lost to Metter by six points.
In both games, they had touchdowns called back, so they could easily be undefeated.
On the other hand, in last week’s game, they only won by three points, so Jeff Davis could have easily pulled that game out and Long County could be winless. Not looking at wins or losses, the big plus for the Blue Tide this year is that in every game this season, they have been competitive for the whole game and played hard until the final tick of the clock.
This Friday, Long County (1-2) has another tough game when it hosts Bacon County (2-2) at 7:30 p.m. Though the Red Raiders record doesn’t appear to be that impressive, their two losses have come to Charlton County (3-0), which is the No. 3 team in the state in the Class A.
MaxPreps-Foreman Power Poll, and Benedictine Military School (3-0), which is No. 1 in Class AA. The two victories that Bacon County has posted came over Pierce County (3-1) and Lanier County (0-3).
Looking at last season, the Red Raiders went 6-5 overall but, more importantly, were 5-2 in Region 2-AA and secured a playoff spot. This shows they know how to win the games that really matter.
Last year, when Long County faced Bacon County in Alma, the Red Raiders won 52-7.
If the Blue Tide are going to have a chance in Friday’s game, the defense is going to have to play well and shut down the Red Raiders’ offense, which is averaging 35 points a game this season.
But the defense can’t win the game alone. The Blue Tide offense will obviously need to put up some points, but, more importantly, it will also need to string some long offensive series together to burn the clock and keep the Bacon County offense on the sideline.