GARDEN CITY — It has been a historic run for the Long County Blue Tide football team over the last month, and that history continued Friday. The team rolled into Garden City and dominated the Groves Rebels 62-6 to win their third straight game.
The Tide, coming off an open week and a dominant 60-13 win over Treutlen the week prior, looked to stretch their win streak to three games for only the third time in team history and the first time since 2008.
It was not as dominant a start as the game against the Vikings was two weeks earlier, but the Tide wasted little time getting their offense going.
Junior quarterback Zion Ervin dropped back to pass and found a wide open Christian Glenn down the field for the 55-yard touchdown as the Tide went up 8-0, capping a 98-yard drive.
It was also the Tide’s first passing TD of the year.
Kenny Pickens returned a fumble 10 yards for the next score, and Ahmari Douglas’ 66-yard touchdown run made it 22-0.
Pickens came up with Tide’s third interception of the game late in the first half.
Keshawn Smith’s 6-yard run with under a minute left to make the score 28-0.
Douglas added a 78yard touchdown run on the first possession of the second half.
On the third play of Groves’ next drive, Smith came up with an interception, the fifth of the night for the Tide. Two plays later, Glenn scored from 18 yards out as the Tide went up 42-0.
Douglas finished off the next drive with his third score of the game as the Tide were up 50-6 going into the fourth quarter.
The Tide recovered a fumble at the Groves 21 to open the fourth quarter as Marquavus Gillis came up with the ball. They had little ways to go as Devin Walker found the endzone for the first time in his career from 2 yards out. On the next drive, Cortney Charles recovered a fumble inside the Groves 5 before Gillis pounded out the last few yards on the Tide’s next drive as they went up 62-6.
The 56-point deficit was also the biggest in team history, coming on the three-year anniversary of their 55-point win over Bryan County in a Monday night game in 2019.
The Tide are now 3-1 and 1-0 in the region for the first time since 2015. They will look to win their fourth consecutive game and look to go 2-0 in region play for the first time in team history as they host Savannah Country Day, which fell 45-6 to Savannah Christian, on September 23.