The Long County Blue Tide football team is coming off a heartbreaking overtime loss to Tattnall County last week, but will look to bounce back in their final game of the season as they host region foe Brantley County on Friday, November 8. This game will also be senior night for Long County as they will recognize senior football players and managers, cheerleaders, band members, and cross country team members prior to the game.
This game was originally believed to have an impact on the Tide’s state playoff hopes, but due to region tiebreakers agreed upon earlier this year and the loss to the Warriors last week, Long County is not eligible to make the postseason, regardless of the result of Friday’s game against the Herons.
The Blue Tide will still look to compete in this game as they have considered Brantley County their rival for some time. Of the teams in Region 2-AAA, Brantley County is the only team the Tide have beaten in the past. The Tide is 2-12 in 14 meetings against the Herons and last beat them in 2008, a 20-9 Homecoming victory.
The Tide have continued to improve throughout the 2019 season with young players making their names known for Tide fans. Freshman fullback Zion Gillard had a huge game against Tattnall County last week, rushing for over 100 yards again and breaking off a 36-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, the first of his career. Fellow freshman Quintin Golden also made a big impact for the Tide last week, catching a 30-yard bomb on fourth and long in the fourth quarter, which set up a touchdown run to give the Tide a late lead.
Expect to see senior receiver Trajan Weatherspoon make an impact for the Tide as he caught his fourth touchdown pass of the season last week against Tattnall County.
Defensively, the Tide will lean on its young linebacking corps and its experienced defensive line. Seniors Chris Robinette, Garrett Bleyman, Malik Berry, and Dillon Lopez have all made a big impact up front for the team this year. Senior defensive back Treyon Davis also returned from injury last week and looks to make a difference as well.
The Tide and Herons will kickoff at Veterans’ Stadium on Friday, November 8 at 7:30. The game will be preceded by the Senior Night ceremonies.