The Long County football team wraps up its season Friday when the Blue Tide travels to Savannah to face Benedictine Military School.
This is a matchup that resembles David taking on Goliath. Benedictine, which is 7-2, comes into the game as the No. 4 team in the state’s AA rankings having lost only to No. 1 Greater Atlanta Christian, 24-21, and No. 2 Vidalia, 35-28. On paper, the Cadets clearly are the favorites, averaging 45 points a night while only allowing 13 points. Benedictine also is coming off a big win, destroying McIntosh County, 63-8.
Long County comes in with a 3-6 record after a competitive loss to Bryan County, 39-22. The Blue Tide are scoring 19 points a game while allowing 27 points.
Though everything points towards the game being a one-sided ordeal, results from one game give the Blue Tide hope that the contest could be closer than expected. Long County’s one region win came over McIntosh County, in which the Tide manhandled the Buccaneers, 46-12, much like the Cadets did.
The two teams have played each other four times, with Benedictine winning all of them. Last year, the Cadets won easily, 49-0.
One thing that could help Long County find the rock to bring down Goliath is that the game means nothing to Benedictine. The Cadets already have the second spot in Region 2-AA and cannot knock Vidalia out of the top spot. Benedictine head coach Danny Britt might be inclined to pull his starters early to ensure that no one gets hurt with the playoffs only a week away.
Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. at Savannah State University.