The Long County High School football team wrapped up spring training Tuesday and, according to head coach Kyle Wilson, the turnout was good.
"We had about 55 kids come out, so overall I think the turnout was pretty good."
Wilson said that in addition to the regular spring training, the team had an extra 10 days of organized conditioning before practice started.
"We did something a little different this year and started our conditioning 10 days earlier. I think it really helped us start on the right foot, being mentally focused and ready to start our spring training," Wilson said.
The coach said the players’ attitudes and effort during spring training were good and that this year’s team wants to build on the success of the past two years.
During the past two seasons, the Blue Tide have earned back-to-back 4-6 records, and last year the team won two of its region games and defeated a 3-AAAAA school — two firsts for the program.
"I tell you one thing," Wilson said, "this year, the kids came to camp with a ‘trying to take your head off’ attitude in every hit. That excites me about the upcoming year."
Wilson said this year the offense will mostly be the same as last year, a four-wide spread formation with an "air-it-out mentality."
The coach said defense would basically be the same too, meaning a varied 3-5 and a 4-4 scheme.
"The key to our success this year will be our defense. if our offense can stay status quo, we’ll be all right there but on defense, we have to improve if we want a shot at the region", Wilson said.
During the last two seasons, the Tide averaged 24 points a game and allowed 36 points a game.
The coach said the Tide is in good shape as far a starters are concerned. "The main core of our starters is still there. We do have to find some playmakers to replace some guys we lost this year, but most of our starters are coming back."
Blue Tide schedule
All game are on Friday unless specified. Games start at 7:30 p.m.
Aug. 28, at Johnson, Savannah (3-AAAAA)
Sept. 11, HOME vs. Appling County (2-AA)*
Sept. 18, at McIntosh County Academy (2-AA)*
Sept. 25, HOME vs. Benedictine (2-AA)*
Oct. 2, at Tattnall County (2-AA)*
Oct. 9, HOME vs. Charlton County (2-AA)*
Oct.16, HOME vs. Jeff Davis (2-AA)*
Oct. 23, HOME vs. Richmond Hill (3-AAA)
Oct. 30, at Brantley County (2-AA)*
Nov. 6, at Pierce County (2-AA)*