Long County will be looking to pick up its second win of the year tonight when it travels to Alma to take on the Bacon County Red Raiders in a Region 2-AA battle.
Bacon County comes in struggling with a 1-3 overall record and a 0-1 region mark. The Red Raiders’ one win came against Single-A opponent Lanier County in their opening game of the season. Since then, they have dropped three games in a row against Pierce County (26-22), Charlton County (28-12) and Benedictine Military School (47-0). Long County (1-2, 0-1) also is struggling of late. After playing solid football in their first game against Tattnall County, which they lost 23-14, the Blue Tide beat Metter, 28-20, two weeks ago. Last week, however, they were sloppy on offense in losing, 24-0, to Jeff Davis, turning the ball over five times to the Yellow Jackets. Long County’s defense played well last week, but wore down as the game went on.
Statistically, the two teams appear fairly evenly matched. The Blue Tide average 15 points a game, compared to the Raiders’ 17 points. On defense, Long County has the slight advantage, holding opponents to 22 points a game, compared with Bacon County’s 28 points.
In terms of rankings, MaxPreps.com has Bacon County as the favorite tonight, going into the game ranked at No. 286 overall in the state, while Long County is No. 394.
If the Blue Tide are going to beat the Red Raiders tonight, they will need another big game out of Brendon Scott, who has rushed for 560 yards in three games. But whether Scott rushes for 20 yards or 200 yards, Long County will need to win the turnover battle and have a few more opportunities to put up points.
Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.