By Kevin Price
The performance by Long County’s Ahmari
Douglas this past Friday against Brantley
County would be a big one in most any high
school football game.
The sophomore running back rushed for 203
yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries to
play a huge role in the Blue Tide’s 28-19
victory over the Herons in Nahunta.
But when you consider the magnitude of the
Region 1-AAA win for Long County, the
performance by Douglas becomes all the
It also becomes easier to understand why
Douglas was selected by 912 Sports as the
Coastal Pines Technical College Player of the
Week in a week when he wasn’t the only area
ballcarrier to run for more than 200 yards in
his respective game.
For the Blue Tide, who make their home in
Ludowici, Friday’s region victory was the first
for the program in a league game since the
2015 season. The road win in the region was
also the team’s first away from home in a
league contest since the 2012 season.
And also, Long County had not beaten the
Herons since 2008 when they won 20-9 on
Halloween night in Ludowici.
“Ahmari has done a great job of continuing to
improve each week and really broke out this
week,” said first-year Long County head coach
Michael Pfiester. “Our ability to run off-tackle
Friday night helped to open up some things
inside for him as the game went on. We also
have been working on some other ways to get
him the ball on the perimeter, and he was
able to score on a toss play as well.”
For the season, Douglas, who is 5-foot-10 and
185 pounds, has gained 888 yards on 111
carries for an average of 8 yards per attempt.
Douglas has scored nine touchdowns while
also converting three two-point plays.
Long County is 4-4 overall and 1-1 in the
region. The Blue Tide lost their league opener
two weeks ago to Appling County, the state’s
fourth-ranked team, 41-8 at home.
This Friday, Long County will be at home for a
region contest against Pierce County, the
defending Class AAA state champion and
current No. 5-ranked team in the state.
The Blue Tide will be off next week before
going to Tattnall County to close out the
regular season on Nov. 5.
Long County was 1-39 the past four seasons.
The team is trying to reach the playoffs for
the first time in its 24-year history. The Blue
Tide are currently third in the region
standings behind Appling and Pierce.
Of course, their sophomore running back is a
big reason for their overall success thus far in
the 2021 season. “We are looking forward to seeing him continue to grow and improve,” Pfiester said
Coastal Pines Technical College
Players of the Week
Week 1 - CJ Parker (Jeff Davis)
Week 2- Jake Lindsey (Camden)
Week 3 - Anthony Paulk (Coffee)
Week 4 - Jaylen Lilly (Charlton)
Week 5 - Thomas Castellanos (Ware)
Week 6 - Ty Everson (Pierce)
Week 7 - Samari Dowdy (New Hampstead)
Week 8 - Cartevious Norton (Ware)
Week 9 - Ahmari Douglas (Long County)
By Kevin Price
As the primary setter for the Statesboro volleyball
team, the Lady Blue Devils’ offense runs through
Micaia Difuntorum who has been chosen by 912
Sports as the Coastal Pines Girls Student-Athlete of
The 5-foot-5 senior is also the heart and soul of
the Lady Blue Devils, the team she led to the
Region 2-AAAAAA championship this past weekend.
“She is one of the best kids to lead our volleyball
team,” said Statesboro coach Bob Massee of his
senior captain. “Her attitude on and off the court
is what every coach wants from their players.”
In two matches Saturday in the region
tournament, Difuntorum recorded 41 assists, six
aces, two blocks and five digs as Statesboro
claimed the league championship after going a
perfect 6-0 in region action during the regular season.
With a 25-11 overall record, Statesboro is set to
take on Lovejoy today in the opening round of the
Class AAAAAA state tournament.
In the region tournament, the Lady Blue Devils
knocked off Effingham 2-0 in the semifinals before
defeating Richmond Hill 3-1 in the championship match.
Difuntorum completed the regular season with
more than 300 assists and she eclipsed the 1,000
mark for her career during the season.
“She’s the epitome of what a coach looks for in a
setter,” Massee said. “She commands the ball and
does a great job quarterbacking our team.”
Massee added that she is a “hard worker in the
classroom and comes from a great family.”
The winner between Stateboro and Lovejoy in the
first round will take on the Lassiter-Dacula winner
in the Sweet 16 scheduled for Saturday.
Girls Student-Athlete of Week
Week 1 - Presley Harrison (Appling, Softball)
Week 2 - Scarlett Patton (Camden, Softball)
Week 3 - Natalie Herrin (Pierce, Softball)
Week 4 - Lilly Wood (Glynn Academy, Volleyball)
Week 5 - Marin Bograd (Camden, Cross Country)
Week 6 - Kamila Vicente (Glynn Academy, Softball)
Week 7 - Erica Bentley (Brunswick, Softball)
Week 8 - Tori Wright (Vidalia, Softball)
Week 9 - Micaia Difuntorum (Statesboro, Volleyball)
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