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Tide rolls over Wheeler 47-14
Long Co. now at 3-0 for season
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Sophomore QB Justin Boyd threw for 163 yards and 2 touchdowns in Long County's win over Wheeler County this past Friday. - photo by Photo by Mike Riddle
What a week for the Blue Tide, they move to number nine in the WTOC Super Eleven rankings, they rank number five in the Atlanta Constitution’s List of Coolest High School Helmets, and they go to 3-0 with a win over the Wheeler County Bulldogs; things are good in Long County.
On Friday, they beat a determined but overmatched, Wheeler County team by a lopsided score of 47-14.
The Blue Tide appeared to be on their way to a rout early as they jumped out to a 19-0 lead with two scores by tailback Prince Moody and a touchdown by wide receiver Stevie Harrison. But the determined Wheeler County team scored with eleven second left in the first half, when Kalip Chapman snagged a reception in the end zone, making the score at the end of two periods 19-7.
In the second half, Long County got the ball first, and drove down to the Wheeler County 16-yard line, where Moody would score again. The senior tailback would get the call one more time in the third period, giving him four touchdowns for the game, and giving the Long County team a comfortable 33-7 lead.
Though the Bulldogs would score once more, the Tide would go on to win the game in a dominating performance.  
The game’s leading rusher for the Blue Tide was Moody, who had 165 yards on 12 rushes, and scored 4 touchdowns.
The leading receivers were junior’s Ricky Rivera, who had 4 catches for 43 yards and 1 touchdown, and Harrison who had 3 receptions for 50 yards and a touchdown.
Sophomore quarterback Justin Boyd continued to show growth at the position by throwing the ball 20 times completing 11 of his passes for 163 yards and 2 touchdowns, and having only 1 interception.  He also had 6 carries for 53 yards in the contest.
One player who only touched the ball once, but gave the Long County crowd a play to remember was back-up tailback, Preston Cunningham who took a handoff from Boyd in the third period, and raced down the sideline for a 65-yard touchdown.
The defense had another solid performance holding the Bulldogs to 128 yards on the ground and 126 in the air, and also forced 3 fumbles, recovering 2 of them.
With the win, the Blue Tide wrapped up their non-region games, and now the second half of the season begins, as they begin their 2-AA Region Schedule.
Long County will have an extra week to prepare for their first region game as they are off this week.
On Friday, September 28th they will take on the Appling County Pirates.  The Pirates are coming off a 13-0 loss to Toombs County and are currently 1-1.  
The game will be at Veteran’s Stadium in Ludowici, and kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.
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