HAZLEHURST, GA —The Long County Blue Tide were looking to get above .500 on the season when they traveled to Hazlehurst to take on the undefeated Jeff Davis Yellow Jackets.
They got up early thanks to some impressive defense, but eventually fell by a score of 34-12.
It was a back and forth battle with punts for most of the first quarter before the Yellow Jackets took over at their own 15.
They moved up near midfield before the Tide made a huge play.
The Jackets were at the 47 before they fumbled and senior Dwayne Rowe was there to pick it up and race 45 yards for the touchdown, his third defensive touchdown of the year.
The two-point conversion was no good as the score stood at 6-0 with three minutes left in the quarter.
The Tide defense seemed poised to get the Jackets off the field when they were faced with a third and long after a holding penalty.
However, they broke free on a reverse and went 61 yards for the score to tie the game late in the quarter.
The Tide offense took the field as the second quarter got started but were forced to punt to Jeff Davis after a three and out.
The Jackets went on a a long drive, taking up eight minutes off the clock before finally pushing into the endzone from a yard out to make the score 13-6 with four minutes left in the half.
The Tide took over at their own 23 and wanted to take time off the clock before the half while trying to get on the board again.
They were able to get near midfield and picked up a first down on fourth down.
On the final play of the half, quarterback Zion Ervin looked deep down the field, but the ball was intercepted and returned 95 yards for the score to put the Jackets up 20-6 going into the locker room.
The Jackets, up 14 going into the second half, were looking to add to their score as they started the second half with the ball.
They moved right down the field and picked up big yards on a double pass down to the Tide 12.
They finished off the drive on the next play to go up 27-6 in less than a minute.
The Tide offense never seemed to get anything clicking as they only got a little momentum going forward in the second half.
The Jackets added a touchdown early in the fourth quarter to go up 34-6.
Quintin Golden made a play for the Tide on defense, intercepting a pass and nearly returning it all the way home.
Ahmari Douglas scored on the next play from 12 yards out to make the final score 34-12.
With the loss, the Tide fall to 2-3 on the year and will look to bounce back with their third home win of the season next week against the Frederica Academy Knights.
The Knights are 1-3 after a 28-13 loss to Brantley County Friday night. The Tide will host the Knights for homecoming on Friday, Sept. 24.