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Tough night for Blue Tide
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Long Countys E.J. Crawford finds running room against Pierce County. The Blue Tide fell to 0-7 - photo by Photo by Mike Riddle

Friday was another disappointing night for the Long County High School football team. Despite a large Homecoming crowd on hand cheering them on, the Blue Tide was still unable to notch their first win of the 2017 season as the fell to Pierce County 34-0.

The game started with both the Blue Tide and the Bear defense shutting down the opposing offenses.

But on Pierce County’s second offensive possession they drove the ball from their own 29 yard line to score on a 3-yard run by Cody Clark.

After the successful conversion, Pierce led 7-0.

On the ensuing kickoff Long County’s Cody Cox returned the ball to the 30 yard line but after taking a big hit, he coughed the ball up and the Bears recovered it, giving their offensive outstanding field position.

Pierce County looked like they were going to score again, but the Blue Tide defense stiffened up, forcing the visitors to go for an apparent 33-yard field goal. Instead of kicking, the Bears went for a fake and tried to run the ball in for a score.

The Blue Tide would have none of that as a host of defenders led by Dazon Mills crushed the Bears runner giving Long County the ball back at their own 35 yard line.

Long County garnered three first downs, but the drive stalled near midfield and the home team had to punt. Pierce County got the ball back at their own 18 yard line.

The Bears drove down the field and scored again, but missed the extra point to go up 13-0.

Long County got the ball back three more times before the end of the break but couldn’t muster any drive to put up points.

The Bears got the ball two more times before the half and punched in scores on both drives to take a 27-0 lead into the break.

The Blue Tide got the ball to begin the third quarter deep in their own territory.

After E.J. Crawford fumbled, the Bears had the ball with good field position again.

Pierce County capitalized on this good field position and scored again going up 34-0.

As they have all year, Long County continued to fight.

The Blue Tide defense didn’t allow the Bears to score again, and the Long County offense did show they could move the ball. Twice the home team was able to get inside the Bears 20 yard line, but on neither possession did they come away with any points.

With the loss Long County fell to 0-7 overall and 0-2 in Region 2-AAA. Pierce County improved to 3-3 overall and 2-0 in the region.

Up next: Long County will host Liberty County (4-3) in another big region game. Pick up a Wednesday paper for a preview of that game.

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