The Tattnall County Battle Creek Warriors will invade Ludowici tonight for a game that pits two teams on very different paths against each other.
The Blue Tide are in the middle of a disappointing run. After opening the season with a win over Bryan County, the team dropped seven games in a row, falling to 1-7. Long County is struggling on both offense and defense, which is evident on paper and on the field.
In Region 2-AA, the Tide is last in the standings, last in offense and last in defense. They’re allowing a region-high 32 points per game and putting up a region-low 7 points per game.
While Long County battles its slump, the Warriors are riding high on the hog, coming into tonight’s game on a five-game winning streak. Tattnall County is on top of Region 2-AA with a 5-0 mark. They are 7-1 overall, having lost only to 4-AAAA Statesboro High School.
The Battle Creek Warriors are putting up 28 points per game, more than any other team in Region 2-AA, and allowing 11 points per game, the fewest in the region.
Blue Tide head coach Kyle Wilson said the game will be tough, but he knows what his team has to do to compete against the Warriors.
"We have to control the football, keep the clock moving and limit the time that they have the ball," Wilson said. "We have to take what they give us, not make mistakes and, hopefully, we can slow them down. If we can do that, then we’ll have a better chance."
Tonight’s game is the third meeting for the two teams. Tattnall County won both previous games.
Tonight’s game, which starts at 7:30 in Ludowici, will include a senior night celebration.