It has been a tough season for the Long County High School football team, which has managed just one win in 2010.
That season ends tonight, when the Blue Tide (1-8, 0-6) travel to Lyons to take on Toombs County (3-6, 2-4) in a Region 2-AA contest. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.
The matchup is the first between the two schools and, since neither team is heading for the postseason, both programs are hoping to gain momentum for next year.
But coming away with a win could be a tall order for Long County.
"For us to have a chance, we have to try to control the football, limit the time that they have the ball, and keep the clock running," coach Kyle Wilson said. "We have to play smart, take what they give us and try to slow them down."
Toombs County has wins over Dodge County, Appling County and Pierce County — but the Bulldogs have dropped back-to-back games, including last week’s 35-20 loss to Brantley County.
Long County’s only win this season came during the season opener against winless Bryan County. Since then, the Blue Tide have had trouble on both sides of the ball.
Long County has been outscored 84-6 in its past two games. In a head-to-head comparison, the Bulldogs are averaging 18 points a game, while the Blue Tide is averaging 7 points, and on defense the Dogs are allowing 22 points a night, compared to the Tide’s 34 points.