Nyshun Bell vs Long CoThe Vidalia Indians rolled into Ludowici on Thursday night and scored on every possession in the first half as they rolled by the Long County Blue Tide 35-6 in a game that was moved from Friday due to the concerns of Hurricane Florence.

The Indians wasted no time getting the action going on offense. Set up by a Bryce Davis 44 yard kick return to begin the game, the Indians went the final 47 yards in just three plays behind the running of Chris Gay and Nyshun Bell working the ball down to the 3 yard line. From there Rodney Wardlaw finished the deal scoring his first of two touchdowns on the night to make it 7-0 following Grady Blount’s PAT with just 1:45 taken off the clock.   

Long County would mount their biggest drive of the night taking the ball from their own 36 yard line and driving the ball to the Indian’s 19 yard line in 11 plays before turning it over on downs with 5:14 to go in the opening quarter. The drive featured the Blue Tide in a single wing formation with running back Kendell Lovett getting the majority of the carries on the drive.

Following the stop the Indians would go to work again using the combination of Gay, Wardlaw and Bell to take it 81 yards in eight plays getting 5 first down during the drive with Chris Gay taking it in from 2 yards out to make the score 14-0 with 1:55 to go in the quarter.

The Indians defense would then give the offense the ball back after forcing Long County to a 3 and out and a punt with 11:54 to go in the 2nd quarter.

The Indians would go to the air during the drive completing passes from Marc Wardlaw to Gay, Bell and Sheldon Washington to set up a first and goal from the three yard line with 8:42 to go in the half. On the next play Wardlaw would toss the ball to Carson McClellan who would sprint around the left side into the end zone for just the second time in his career. Following another successful PAT by Grady Blount the Indians lead was 21-0 with 8:31 to go in the half.

Again the Indian defense would force a punt following a three and out and this time it took only two plays for the Indians to get in the end zone. On the first play from their own 38 yard line Marc Wardlaw would hit Rodney Wardlaw out of the backfield for an 17 yard gain to give Vidalia their 11th first down of the half at the Long Co. 45. On the very next play Rodney Wardlaw would get the ball and run off right guard breaking 3 tackles and then sprinting 45 yard for his 2nd touchdown of the night to make it 28-0 with 6:11 to go in the half.

Long County would convert a 2nd and 10 from their own 16, on their next possession to give them their first 1st down since their first possession. But that was all the Blue Tide could muster and would once again be forced to punt the ball away. Disaster was averted when the Indian’s Bryant Phillips couldn’t field the ball cleanly, but the Indians were able to recover the ball on their own 48 yard line with 3:29 to go in the half.

Again the Indians mixed in the passing game with the run on the drive going 52 yards in 9 plays, with Gay getting his 2nd touchdown of the night with 55 seconds to go in the half on a 2 yard run to make the score 35-0 following Grady Blount’s 5th PAT of the night making him a perfect 19 for 19 on the year.

With just 49 seconds to go in the half Long County ran two plays before the half ended with Vidalia leading 35-0.

The only scoring in the second half, which was played with a running clock, came on a Long County 7 yard run by Lovett after the Indian substitutes were unable to convert a 4th and long from the Blue Tide 45, making the final score Vidalia 35 and Long Co. 6.

On the night the Indians gained a total of 337 yards with 310 of that coming in the first half. The Indians rushed for 309 yards on 34 carries and Mark Wardlaw was 4 for 8 for 28 yards. Leading the way for the Indians was Chris Gay who ended the night with 114 yards on 9 carries and 2 TD’s. Rodney Wardlaw who also had 2 TD’s finished the night with 112 yard on 8 carries. Bell and Freshman Jacoby Washington ended the night with 39 and 23 yard respectively. (Photo by John Conner) 

With the win the Indians move to 4-0 on the year and next week will open play in Region 2AA as they travel to Pembroke to face the Bryan County Redskins in a 7:30 start. 


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