LUDOWICI -- The Long County Blue Tide football team made history in its 24th season this year with them going 5-5 and making the playoffs for the first time ever.
The accolades just kept coming for the Mike Pfiester-led Tide as on Monday, Dec. 6, the coach took to Twitter to announce that 12 players had made the first and second teams and honorable mention for the 2021 Region 1-AAA All-Region teams.
“@LongCoFootball is proud to announce out 1st and 2nd Team All-Region Players! #Team24 was loaded with quality players who were able to #Play11 for the first time ever!! Great job fellas!!! #TideFAST,” Pfiester said in a tweet accompanied by a graphic featuring the players.
The players to make first team were sophomore running back Ahmari Douglas, senior offensive lineman Kyle Young, senior defensive back Dwayne Rowe and junior defensive back Quintin Golden.
Douglas led the region with over 1,100 rushing yards and was the first Tide player to rush for over 1,000 since current running backs coach Brendon Scott did so in 2014. Young has been a key piece of the Tide’s line, starting for all four years of high school.
Rowe was the clear leader for the Tide, recording four interceptions and recovering a fumble. He scored three times on defense while also playing a backup running back role on offense. Golden was another key piece in the secondary, recording an interception and making big plays all year.
On the second team, the Tide also placed four. Junior offensive lineman Bryant Bleyman and senior tight end Co’Tomi Cooper made it for the offense. Defensively, senior linebacker Elias Lykes and sophomore linebacker Steven Wyatt made the second team.
The Tide also had four players receive honorable mention. Sophomore offensive lineman Jacob Hewitt and senior running back Josiah Ansorena-Smith made it on offense while junior defensive back Ta’Shawn Brown and freshman linebacker Kenny Pickens made it on defense.
Of the 12 players, seven will be returning for the team in 2022. This certainly bodes well for the team next year.