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Glynn Academy News

By Kevin Price For GCS Athletics The Glynn Academy Red Terrors dropped their fourth straight game Wednesday night as they fell 31-14 to Effingham in a Region 2-AAAAAA game at Glynn County Stadium. The league contest between the Terrors (2-4 overall, 0-2 region) and Rebels was originally scheduled for Friday night but was moved up two days so the game could be played before the local area is possibly pounded by wind and rain from Hurricane Ian over the next couple of days. Glynn County Schools will also be closed for the remainder of the week. The Terrors started the season with back-to-back victories over Statesboro and McIntosh County Academy at home. They lost their final two non-region games to Camden County and Creekside before dropping last week’s City Championship Game against Brunswick which also was the team’s first region game. Against Effingham, poor tackling which led to big gains and turnovers proved costly for the Terrors. “Our kids played hard tonight, but we’re just not performing,” said GA head coach Rocky Hidalgo. “That’s it, we just have to get better. We can’t do any more tackling. There are no more tackling drills that we can do. Eventually, we just have to go out there and tackle. And, we just can’t turn it over. You can’t turn the ball over.” The Rebels finished with 441 yards and were led by fleet-footed quarterback Nate Hayes. The junior finished with 99 yards on eight carries. The team’s featured running back - junior Jayden Evans - followed with 78 yards on 17 carries as Effingham rushed for 216 yards. Hayes passed for 225 yards as he completed 12 of 20 attempts. Effingham’s first play was a pass from Hayes to senior receiver Keion Wallace, a college prospect, that went for an 80-yard touchdown. The victory was the fourth in a row for the Rebels (4-2, 2-0) who lost their first two games of the season. Effingham won big last week over rival South Effingham to kick off its region schedule. The Terrors finished another frustrating night with 156 yards rushing and 101 passing for 257 total yards. Peacock led Glynn with 95 yards rushing on eight carries. He did have 112 yards on the night before losing 17 yards on his final two carries of the game. Senior quarterback Tyler Devlin followed with 44 yards rushing on 14 carries. Through the air, Devlin was 5-of-14 for 101 yards. He was intercepted three times. The Terrors opened the game with an impressive first drive as they marched 67 yards in 5 plays, scoring on an 11-yard keeper by Devlin. Peacock had runs of 15 and 18 yards on the quick drive and Effingham was also called for a late hit on Peacock after one of his runs which gave Glynn 15 free yards as well. The 7-0 lead was short-lived, though, as Hayes hit Wallace along the Glynn sideline with Wallace getting away from the defense as the Rebels quickly answered. The score remained 7-7 until the Rebels finished off a 12-play drive with Hayes scoring on third-and-goal from the 8-yard line early in the second quarter. The Rebels went up 21-7 late in the opening half on a 28-yard run by Hayes. He had a 58-yard touchdown pass wiped out a few plays earlier due to a holding call. Glynn missed a chance to possibly pull closer before the halftime break. The Terrors got inside the Effingham 10 on a pass from Devlin to Prince whose fumble was recovered by the Rebels inside the 5. However, Effingham roughed Devlin on the play, so Glynn kept the ball and got an automatic first down at the 11 after the penalty against the Rebels was walked off from the original line of scrimmage. But, Glynn’s scoring bid ended with an interception by the Rebels in the right corner of the end zone. The Rebels drove inside GA territory on their last possession of the first half, but missed a f47-yard field goal as time ran out on the clock. After halftime, Glynn forced an Effingham punt on its first possession of the third quarter. When GA got the ball for the first time in the second half, Peacock paraded for 63 yards to the Effingham 3. A penalty and a lost-yardage play put Glynn back on the 14. Following an incomplete pass, the Terrors misfired on a second-down pass as well, but Effingham was penalized for pass interference. Peacock then lost a yard on third down from the 7, but on fourth down Devlin threw a pass to the left corner of the end zone that Prince pulled in as he was being covered to make it a 21-14 game. The Rebels got a 24-yard field goal on their following series to move the score to 24-14 late in the third. Later in the third quarter, Glynn turned over the ball on downs to the Rebels at their own 29 when Effingham stopped a Devlin run on fourth-and-1 from the 29. The Rebels had to settle for a field-goal try that failed at the start of the fourth, so the score remained the same. However, Effingham intercepted a pass along its sideline on Glynn’s first offensive play following the miss to get the ball right back. The Rebels quickly scored after taking over at the GA 36. A first-down running play picked up 25 yards, and two plays later, Evans scored from 11 yards out to give the Rebels the 31-14 final margin after the extra-point kick. Glynn is secheduled to play a region game at South Effingham next Friday night. ...


Brunswick High School News

By Kevin Price For GCS Athletics The Brunswick High Pirates made quick work of Islands High School Friday night, sailing to a 49-0 victory over the Sharks in their annual Homecoming game at Glynn County Stadium. The Pirates scored on five of their seven possessions in the first half to open up a commanding 35-0 lead before halftime. They added two more touchdowns in the second half which was played with a running clock under the 30-point mercy rule. “We wanted to play our game. We wanted to get some offense going, get some confidence in our receivers, quarterback and passing game and we worked on that,” said Brunswick head coach Garrett Grady. “We put some emphasis on that, and our defense wanted to take away some of the things they do well, really key on that, and I think we did that pretty well.” Brunswick ran its record to 4-0 on the season with the easy win. BHS has won 17 straight regular-season games dating back to the 2020 season. The Pirates also rolled past the Sharks (0-5) last season in Brunswick when they won 41-6 in a hard rain that made the grass field a muddy mess. This summer, field turf was installed at the local stadium to replace the natural-grass playing surface. In Friday’s game, the Brunswick defense overwhelmed the Sharks offense as it held the visitors scoreless over the shortened game. Islands had no rushing yards at halftime due to lost-yardage plays and finished with minus-9 yards rushing for the game. Islands managed only 19 passing yards against the Pirates, and thus finished the night with only 10 total net yards of offense. The Pirates came into Friday’s game having allowed only 8.67 points a game over their first three games which was the third-best mark in Class AAAAAA. They gave up 13 points to Andrew Jackson in the season opener, 10 to Camden County the next week and just a field goal last week in the Border Classic win over Florida power Bolles. With the shutout of the Sharks, the Pirates are now allowing only 6.5 points a game. Friday’s shutout was the first for the Pirates since their 21-0 win over Statesboro on Oct. 8 last season. “Hats off to our defense for getting the shutout,” Grady said. Brunswick finished Friday’s game with 380 total yards. They ran for 207 yards and passed for 173. Sophomore Jamarius Towns, in just his second game back from a season-ending injury a year ago, led all BHS ballcarriers with 88 yards on six attempts. William Heck, another sophomore, had 27 yards on six carries, and senior Jayden Drayton carried three times for 22 yards and two touchdowns. Junior quarterback J.R. Elkins was 4-of-6 passing for 118 yards and three touchdowns. Kevin Thomas, a senior wide receiver, also completed a touchdown pass that covered 44 yards, and freshman quarterback Grant Moore completed one of his two passes for 11 yards as he played the second half with Elkins going to the sideline for the rest of the game. Only three Pirates caught passes. Junior wideout Terry Mitchell caught three passes for 123 yards. All three of his receptions were touchdown grabs. Those covered 36, 44 and 43 yards. Thomas caught two passes for 36 yards and Drayton had a 14-yard catch for the Pirates. Brunswick won the coin toss and elected to take the ball to start the game. The Pirates needed only three plays to cover 65 yards for their first score which came on a 36-yard pass from Elkins to Mitchell just 45 seconds into the game. The Pirates started their next offensive series inside Islands’ territory, but lost a fumble after a 15-yard gain on a rushing play to begin the drive. They got the ball back at the Sharks’ 47-yard-line and scored in five plays with Drayton scoring on a 2-yard run. Heck ran for two points and a 14-0 lead late in the first quarter. BHS drove 39 yards on its following possession with Drayton scoring from 16 yards out on the team’s third snap for a 21-0 lead following the extra-point kick by McClain Finneran. Following an Islands punt, Brunswick got the ball at the Sharks’ 44 on its next possession. On the first play, Thomas went in motion, took a handoff, stopped in the backfield and threw a pass on the money to Mitchell who was wide open behind the secondary for a 44-yard scoring play that made it 28-0 with the PAT. Brunswick’s next series was a 4-play, 44-yard scoring drive. On fourth-and-9, Elkins hit Mitchell around the 30 for first-down yardage, but Mitchell put some moves on a few defenders and raced into the end zone for his third touchdown of the game before halftime. In the third quarter, Towns ran 29 yards for a Brunswick touchdown that made it 42-0 with the extra-point. The Pirates’ final score was a 1-yard run by Nesheik Cohen to cap a five-play, 43-yard drive. Brunswick will begin defense of the Region 2-AAAAAA title it won last season next Friday when it kicks off region play against Glynn Academy in the annual City Championship Game. The Pirates talked about playing the Red Terrors next Friday in their team huddle on the field after Friday’s game before heading to the locker room. “We know what’s at state this week. These guys will be ready for that game,” Grady said. “We’re always gonna get everybody’s best. We know Glynn’s gonna be prepared. I know Coach (Rocky Hidalgo) and his staff always do a great job. He’ll have his kids ready to play, so we have to be prepared and be consistent in the way we prepare.” ...


Brunswick High School News

By Kevin Price For GCS Athletics Kickoff A look at Brunswick High’s next game: Opponent: Islands High When: 7:30 p.m. Friday Where: Glynn County Stadium TV/Radio:, 107.7 FM Records: BHS 3-0, 0-0 Region 2-AAAAAA; IH 0-4, 0-0 Region 3-AAAA Last year/All-time: BHS won 41-6. That was the first-ever meeting between the schools. Noteworthy: Islands is a public school that is part of the Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools systems. It opened in 2010 to fill the need for a high school to service a growing number of students on Whitemarsh, Wilmington, Talahi and Tybee islands. The school is located on Whitemarsh Island. Islands started a junior varsity football team in 2013 and began playing varsity football the following year. Game Preview The Pirates are big favorites in this one on Friday night. Set for their annual Homecoming game, the Pirates enter the game coming off a 20-3 victory last Friday over perennial power Bolles from Jacksonville in the first Borders Classic hosted by Glynn County Schools at Glynn County Stadium. Brunswick is 3-0 overall with wins over Andrew Jackson, also from Jacksonville, in the season opener, and Camden County in Week 2. Those games also were played in the local stadium. Islands is struggling early. The Sharks are still looking for their first victory in the 2022 season after four losses in their first four games. They have scored only 22 total points in those games combined, falling 49-6 to Calvary Day, 69-6 to Savannah Christian, 24-0 to South Effingham and 14-10 to Bradwell Institute. BHS has only given up 26 total points in its first three games. That’s 8.67 points a game which is the third-lowest total in Class AAAAAA currently. Last year, Brunswick defeated Islands 41-6 in a Thursday night game played in a hard rain at GC Stadium. The field was a muddy mess following the game. The Pirates scored on four of their first five possessions in last year’s game and led 31-6 going into halftime. Brunswick has won 16 straight regular-season games going back to the 2020 season. This will be the final non-region game for the Pirates. They will begin region play next week against Glynn Academy in the annual City Championship Game. This also will be the final non-region game for Islands. The Sharks will have an open date next week before playing Southeast Bulloch in the first of their five region games to close out the regular season. ...


Brunswick High School News

By Kevin Price For GCS Athletics The Brunswick High Pirates picked up their third straight win to start the season Friday night, outlasting Bolles 20-3 in the inaugural Border Classic taking place at Glynn County Stadium. The Bulldogs (2-1) led by only 3-0 at halftime in the obvious defensive struggle that unfolded between the bricks in a matchup that had drawn attention ever since the official announcement this past spring regarding the high-school football showcase involving Southeast Georgia and Northeast Florida schools. But with the Pirates playing good complementary football in the second half, Brunswick finished the night scoring the final 20 points to close out its 15th consecutive regular-season win dating back to the 2020 season. Brunswick went 10-0 last fall in the regular season as it won a region championship before advancing to the second round of the state playoffs in Class AAAAAA. This latest victory came against a Bolles program which has a rich history that includes 11 state championships. The Bulldogs reached Florida’s Class AA semifinals last season after playing for the state championship the two previous years. “This was the main event, a Friday night,” said first-year BHS head coach Garrett Grady. “First off, hats off to Bolles and Coach (Matthew) Toblin and their team. You’re talking about someone who doesn’t make a lot of mistakes and capitalizes on our mistakes. They’re always a powerhouse, and to go up against a program like that and come out successful, I think it says a lot about our kids and our coaches. I’m proud of them, and the work they put in this week.” The Brunswick win gave both Georgia and Florida two wins apiece going into Saturday’s final three games at the local stadium in the first year of this new annual event. On Thursday, McIntosh County Academy won the opening game for the Peach State over West Nassau, but Creekside put Florida in the win column when it got past Glynn Academy 21-20 in driving rain late Thursday night. The opening game Friday was won by University Christian which prevailed by a surprising 33-0 score over Charlton County. The Christians and Indians played through off-and-on rain in their late-afternoon contest. The skies cleared and the rain never returned during the nightcap between Brunswick and Bolles which came in ranked No. 7 in its classification by MaxPreps. Bolles grabbed the early lead Friday when Matthew Berry kicked a 39-yard field goal as time expired in the first quarter. The Bulldogs had a chance to score first earlier in the opening period, but a drive that started at their own 35-yard line ended for the Bulldogs when Brunswick’s Ivan Johnson picked off a pass in his own end zone to stop the Bolles’ scoring threat. BHS threatened to score after it gained possession as the Pirates drove inside the Bolles 20, but after lost-yardage plays, a possible touchdown pass was knocked away at the goal line by senior defensive back Kavon Miller to turn back the Pirates. After halftime, Brunswick got the ball first as it won the coin toss and deferred to the second half. The Pirates went three-and-out to start the third quarter, but the BHS defense would kick-start the Pirates with its second interception of the ballgame. Taivon Gadson stepped in front of a Bolles pass attempt at the Bulldogs 39 and paraded along the home sideline before getting stopped just short of the goal line. The Pirates would go in front when Terry Mitchell scored from the 1 for the Pirates after taking a direct snap. McClain Finneran connected on the extra-point kick to make it 7-3. With the Pirates taking that lead into the fourth quarter, the Brunswick defense came up with a big stop at the outset of the quarter. Bolles had the ball fourth-and-3 on the BHS 30 when Brunswick linebacker Devin Smith sacked Bulldogs’ quarterback DJ Moore to force the turnover on downs. The Brunswick offense proceeded to make its most impressive drive of the night as it went 68 yards to score its second touchdown on a 7-yard run by William Heck. Mitchell started the drive with a 27-yard run into Bolles territory. Jamarius Towns, a sophomore running back playing for the first time this season after returning from a season-ending injury last year, had back-to-back carries that covered a combined 15 yards. Brunswick faced third-and-8 from the 24, when junior quarterback J.R. Elkins delivered a strike over the middle to Mitchell for a 16-yard gain which put the Pirates first-and-goal on the Bolles 8. Brunswick’s next play was a Drayton run to the 2, and after a procedure penalty on BHS put the Pirates back on the 7, they dialed up a play-call that led to an easy score. Drayton took a direct snap, but instead of keeping the ball, he handed off to Heck who was moving right to left across the formation and scored untouched from 7 yards away. The PAT blinked the scoreboard to 14-3 with less than eight minutes to go. The BHS defense wasn’t done setting up touchdowns for the Pirates, however. Senior defensive back Keon Leggett came up with the Pirates’ third interception of the game late in the fourth quarter inside the red zone and returned the ball out near midfield. The Pirates quickly got a 44-yard run by Drayton to the goal line, and then Brunswick called his number again for a 1-yard scoring run which gave the senior standout five touchdowns in three games. Drayton ended up leading a balanced BHS rushing attack with 54 yards on five carries. Towns added 51 yards on eight rushes, Johnson gained 31 yards on five carries and Mitchell added 28 yards on four attempts. Elkins finished 7-for-15 passing for 47 yards. The BHS defense kept Bolles’ sophomore running back Emmett Grzebin to 54 yards on 19 carries. “These guys are making play after play,” Brunswick’s Grady said about his defense. “They’re really paying attention to their coaches and being coachable.They really played good against the run tonight. Their offensive line, that’s a big offensive line. For our defensive line to go up against that challenge, it shows we were tested. I’m just really proud of those guys.” The Pirates will be back at GC Stadium next Friday to take on Islands in their final non-region game of the season. ...


Glynn Academy News

By Kevin Price For GCS Athletics Glynn Academy lost a tough one Thursday night in the inaugural Border Classic as the Red Terrors fell 21-20 to Creekside (Fla.) at rain-soaked Glynn County Stadium. The Terrors (2-2) missed a late field goal that possibly would have won the game, and the Knights (3-0) ran out the remaining time to escape with the victory in a game that was played in a driving rain for most of the night. The win by the Florida school made for a split between Georgia and Florida on the opening day of this first-time event which is featuring seven games over three days between Southeast Georgia and Northeast Florida teams. McIntosh County Academy won big in the opening game on Thursday as the Buccaneers toppled West Nassau 42-8. The Glynn-Creekside game, set for a 7:30 p.m. start, didn’t kick off until almost two hours later because it was delayed by severe weather which included lightning. The teams had taken the field for warm-ups following the completion of the first game, but both the Terrors and Knights had to return to their locker rooms to wait out the storm. The fans also had to come out of the stands because of the serious weather threat. The Terrors actually led the game 20-7 at halftime after falling behind early, but Creekside capitalized on two third-quarter turnovers by the Terrors, scoring 14 unanswered points to regain the lead. “We turned over the ball twice and you can’t do that,” said a dejected Rocky Hidalgo, Glynn’s head coach, following the game. The first second-half turnover by Glynn was a fumbled punt snap which Creekside recovered at the GA 25-yard line. The Knights would cover that distance in three plays, scoring on 12-yard run by Nick Williams with 6:38 to play in the third period. The extra-point kick made the score 20-14. Glynn started its next drive at the Creekside 39 following a squib kick and a penalty against the Knights. But a fumble by the Terrors quickly gave Creekside the ball right back. On the very next snap by the Knights, Williams, a true workhorse for his team which repeatedly handed him the slippery ball during the game, broke free for a 59-yard TD run which gave Creekside the 21-20 lead after the extra-point kick. Williams carried the ball 23 times for 224 yards and scored all three touchdowns for the Knights. He came into the Border Classic averaging just over 122 yards after the team’s first two games of the season. Creekside missed a 33-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter, leaving Glynn in position to need only a field goal to regain the lead it had lost. With 9:45 to play, Glynn took possession at its own 20 and methodically drove the ball inside Creekside territory before converting on fourth-and-2 from the 37 to keep the drive alive. Davonte Lang took a direct snap and carried for the 2 yards needed to get a new set of downs. Glynn got the ball down to the 13, aided by two penalties accounting for 20 yards against the Knights. Facing a fourth-and-1 from there with just over two minutes to play, the Terrors tried to draw the Creekside defense offsides, but ended up calling a timeout when that didn’t happen. Out of the timeout, Glynn lined up to attempt a 30-yard field goal for the lead, but senior Kody Arnold’s kick was off the mark. “It was the right decision to do as a head coach,” Hidalgo said of trying for the field goal there. When Creekside took over, Glynn could only stop the clock once with its third timeout which it called after the first-down snap by the Knights. On the next snap, Williams padded his rushing numbers as he busted loose through the middle and didn’t get chased down until he had gained 64 yards to the Glynn 17. Creekside’s quarterback kneeled down from there as the final seconds rolled off the clock. The game started in a hard rain, and immediately the Terrors lost huge yardage and the ball on a fumble at their 33 after taking the opening kickoff. Creekside took advantage of the first of three turnovers by Glynn in the game, going the 33 yards in seven plays with Williams scoring from 8 yards away for the early 7-0 lead. Glynn capitalized on good starting position when it got the ball late in the opening quarter at the Creekside 13 after the Knights’ punter was ruled down as he tried to field a low snap back to him. Lang scored for Glynn to tie the score at 7-7 in the closing seconds of the first period. Glynn went up two scores in the second stanza. Lang scored from 5 yards following a 47-yard gain by Peacock who fumbled at the end of his run with Chandler Owens recovering the ball for the Terrors at the Creekside 7. Peacock scored on a 9-yard run for Glynn late in the first half to cap a 9-play, 48-yard drive. He finished with 75 yards on 11 carries. Lang added 56 yards on 15 attempts for Glynn while Hank Noonan carried 5 times on Glynn’s last drive for 25 yards. The playing conditions forced both teams to simplify their offenses, and neither side attempted many passes. The Terrors had planned to run more option-game, according to Hidalgo. “We couldn’t pitch the ball and deal it,” he said. “There was a bunch of stuff we couldn’t do to get the ball on the perimeter. But they couldn’t run their offense either. “Their kids played hard. We made some mistakes. There were some times we took plays off, and it cost us big time. It was an ugly night.” Glynn will be off next week. The Terrors will open Region 2-AAAAAA play on Sept. 23 in the annual City Championship Game against rival Brunswick High....


Brunswick High School News

GCS Staff The Glynn Academy and Brunswick High volleyball teams will meet for the first time this season on Thursday afternoon. The Lady Terrors and Lady Pirates are set to face off in a 5 p.m. match at BHS. Glynn will go to Brunswick for the Region 2-AAAAAA match with a 2-2 overall record. The Lady Terrors have lost each of their first two region matches. Glynn opened the season dropping league contests to both Effingham and South Effingham away from home by 2-0 scores on Aug. 23. On Tuesday, the Lady Terrors won a pair of non-region matches over Bryan County and Savannah High by 2-0 scores on the road. Players to watch for Glynn include senior outside hitter Karley Neundorfer, freshman middle hitter Izzy Counsil, junior hitter Allie Futch and senior hitter Riley Mansfield who is committed to Tulane. The Lady Pirates are 4-6 on the season and have not played a region match to date. Senior middle blockers Shane’ Jackson and Shamya Flanders, both standouts for the BHS basketball team, give the Lady Pirates a strong presence in the front row. “Our team is trying to find its identity,” said BHS coach Jasmine Hubbard. “We have a young team with freshmen and sophomores playing big roles. Our goal for the season is to play well consistently.”...