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Long County outlasts Tattnall County 22-9
The Battle Creek Warriors fell short in their match up against the Blue Tide in Long County on Friday, August 26, 2022.
The Battle Creek Warriors fell short in their match up against the Blue Tide in Long County on Friday, August 26, 2022. - photo by William Carwell

The Tattnall County Warriors traveled to Ludowici on Friday, August 26, 2022, and were defeated by the Blue Tide 22-9.

Long County received the game’s opening kick-off and made a short drive before Tattnall forced a punt. The Warriors didn’t do any better and punted the ball back after three plays. On Long County’s next punt, the Warriors would get the ball at their own 10-yard line. Two plays later, David Hill blasted off right tackle down the sideline for a 73-yard run. The play gave the Warriors first-and-ten at the Blue Tide 10-yard line. Two tough runs by Makell Lawson gave the Warriors third-and-two inside the Long County 5-yard line. But a procedure penalty pushed Tattnall back to the 8-yard line. 

Two plays later, David Hill was stopped one yard short on fourth down. Long County took over from their own 2-yard line. On the next play, Greg Edwards blew through the Blue Tide back field and tackle the runner in the end zone for a safety. The Warriors led 2-0.

Long County would then kick-off to Tattnall County from their own 20-yard line. The Warriors would get good field position but were forced to punt. Long County would then get on the board with a 73-yard touchdown run by Ahmari Douglas. The two point try was good and the Blue Tides led 8-2. On Tattnall’s next possession, the Warriors were forced to punt again. This time, the punt was blocked by Long County’s Alex Cason. Long County's Chris Holfield scooped up the loose ball and rambled 35 yards for a score. The Tide made good on another two point try and led 16-2 at the half.

After a scorless third period, the action picked up in the fourth. Tattnall County would trim the Blue Tide lead to 16-9 after a 52-yard touchdown by Makell Lawson. The PAT made the score 16-9 with six and a half minutes left in the game. Later, with Long County facing third down and long near mid field, the Warriors once again self destructed by committing an interference penalty to give the Blue Tide a key first down. Long County would score on Ahmari Douglas's long run to give Long County 22-9 lead with only 19 seconds remaining.

The Warriors then quickly moved deep into Blue Tide territory. Tattnall quarterback Miles Brown’s pass attempt was broken up in the end zone as time expired. Long County took the win 22-9.

Tattnall's David Hill led all rushers in the game with 18 carriers for 157 yards and a touchdown. He also had one catch for 14 yards. Makell Lawson had seven rushes for 81-yards and a touchdown. Jeremiah Mayner had 11 carries for 72 yards. Miles Brown completed one of three pass attempts for 14 yards. 

The Warriors fall to 1-1, and Long County improves to 1-1. Tattnall County is open this week, but will return to the Badlands on Friday, September 9. The Warriors will hosts Hepzibah (Augusta) at 7:30 p.m. This will be the first ever match-up of the two schools on the grid iron.