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Tide needs win to keep playoff hopes alive
Power play: The Blue Tide football team, cheerleaders, band and fans will all be motivated for tonight’s game against Savannah Christian. - photo by Photo by Mike Riddle
The crowd will be out is full force tonight to support the Long County Blue Tide football team.
The game culminates a week full of activities for many schools, as many in the region celebrate homecoming week.  But the game is more than just a homecoming game to the players and coaches here. It is probably is a “do-or-die” game in regards to whether of not the team has a chance of making the 2-AA playoffs.
Right now, defending state champs; Charlton County leads all the teams in the region with a 3-0 mark. Savannah Christian Academy, Jeff Davis County, Pierce County and Appling County are all 2-1, and Brantley County is 1-2.  Both Long County and McIntosh County sit at 0-3.
Even though Long County has yet to win a region game, they kept the last three region games within reach and they have proven they can win after starting the season 3-0. If not for two early mistakes in the Appling County game, which resulted in two scores, and had they converted a 2-point conversion on the last play of the Jeff Davis game; they could easily be 2-1 in region play.
However even though they have an uphill battle making the top four in the region, it is not out of the question when you consider their schedule.
If the Blue Tide can get by the Red Raiders tonight at home, they will then play McIntosh Academy, who is 3-3 and then Brantley County, who is 2-4.  They would then close out their season at home, taking on Pierce County, who is currently 5-1.
With the 2-AA Region being one of the strongest in the state, it is safe to say that tonight’s game is a must win for the Tide.  If they fall to 0-4, in the region, it is highly probable that they will not make the play-offs.
One thing that can surly be said about the upcoming game, is that both defenses will be tested.  The Red Raiders come into the contest averaging 33.8 points a game, while the Blue Tide is averaging 32.8 points.
The game is in Ludowici at Veteran’s Stadium and kickoff is 7:30.
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