McIntosh Academy County Buccaneers

Captain Of The Bucs

By: Jason Bishop news services

The McIntosh County Academy Buccaneers are a trendy pick to win the Single A Division II GHSA State Title. That is in no small part due to Bucs standout, Neo West.

West starts on defense at safety and also starts at QB for Bradley Warren’s Bucs.

Neo West is a local homegrown talent, born and raised in McIntosh County…living in Townsend.

The season started with plans to move West out of the QB role and into the running back position. Coach Bradley Warren instead elected to keep West as their biggest threat on offense at QB.

Neo West is a weapon, a dual threat QB that has a high football IQ. West is just plain smarter than most he plays against. “When I play QB I try to make the smartest play possible and control the offense.”

West went on to say, “I am most comfortable in a Wing-T offense. I like sharing the ball and making big plays happen.” He has made his fair share of big plays, playing both ways since he was a freshman and was a starter at safety and QB as a sophomore.

When asked about what he has learned from his head coach, Bradley Warren, I got this profound answer; “Coach Warren has taught me a lot but one of the biggest things is that I need to be the one to step up. On the football field I need to be the one to step and make a big play when my team needs it. And in life I need to be the one step up and do what needs to be done.”

Neo West has high aspirations on the football field as his goal for this season is to make All-State at safety. Eventually Neo wants to move onto college and major in business. West hopes that college football will be part of that equation.

To this point West has received some interest from Florida A&M, Florida Atlantic, and Middle Tennessee State. Most likely as the season wears on more interest will follow.

West also is only a Junior, so he has a whole other year to play for the Bucs after this season.

Neo started playing football at 7 years old. He played both RB and QB on offense and played safety on defense.

I asked Neo what drives him…”My mom is the biggest influence in my life. She has had such a huge positive impact on who I am. She always told me that just because I might be smaller than some other people playing football that none of them could match the size of my heart and to play with heart.” West’s measurables are 5’11 150 pounds. He is tough, hard nosed kid that plays bigger than he is.

Neo is also close with his sister, Judea West. “She is 22 and in college at Middle Macon. We actually call each other twins because we are so much alike. We are always there for each other.”

Neo West is a phenomenal young man that has big things ahead of him.



By: Kipp Branch news services

Coach Bradley Warren has done a fantastic job at McIntosh County Academy.

He begins his fifth season with the Buccaneers this fall. MCA finished 10-2 last fall winning the region championship.

Coach Warren said this about his football team: “We currently have 50-55 players on the roster. I feel like we have a solid core of young men to work with. They work hard and respond well to what we ask them to do. I have a great staff that devotes time to these young men and these kids respond to that. We have six starters returning on defense and four starters on offense coming back this fall. When you look at our region Jenkins County and ECI will be very good. We travel to both this fall. Portal is improving every year and Montgomery County was a playoff team last fall. I feel good about our football team and overall program. We have good younger talent coming through our program as well. Also, we have a great support system at MCA. Our fans are great, and we get great community support for all aspects of our football program.”

2023 Schedule/My Predictions:

8/18    At Johnson, Savannah: MCA opens the season in Savannah against Johnson. This game should not be much of a problem. Look for MCA to start the season 1-0.

8/25    Glynn Academy: The Terrors travel up Highway 17 to Darien to play MCA. 1A MCA always gives 6A Glynn Academy fits. Could the Bucs pull the huge upset? It is possible but not likely. MCA drops a close one to GA to go 1-1 on the season.

9/09    At West Nassau Florida (Brunswick, GA -Glynn County Stadium): MCA drilled West Nassau 42-8 in 2022 and will do the same in 2023. 2-1.

9/15    At Lanier County: Lanier County made the playoffs in 2022 and the bus must travel to Lakeland for this one. MCA finds a way to win. 3-1.

9/22    At Bradwell Institute: Another big jump in classification as MCA travels to Hinesville to play the Tigers. Bradwell is an enigma to me. Hinesville has historically been a tough place to play at. Bradwell has been down for years, but they have athletes. Based on how both programs have trended lately give me MCA in his contest. MCA beat Bradwell 40-13 at home in 2022. MCA goes to 4-1 on the season.

9/29    Atkinson County: ATCO will get drilled in Darien. MCA goes to 5-1 on the season and gets ready for the region schedule.

10/06  At Jenkins County: Coach Warren tells me that Jenkins County returns their entire offense from a 7-4 playoff team in 2022. A region opener on the road against a team that will contend for a region championship will be tough. Last season was a classic 4-OT thriller that MCA won 27-21 in Darien. MCA finds a way to win these types of games under Coach Warren. Give me MCA in another war. MCA is 6-1 on the season.

10/13  Montgomery County: The Bucs shut out the Eagles last season in Mt. Vernon and will win this one to go 7-1.

10/20  At Emanuel County Institute: ECI has been a good football program for a long time. Coach Warren corrected me when I said they were down in 2022. I glanced at their 2022 schedule, and they played Metter, Swainsboro, Lincoln County, Dublin, and Johnson County in non-region games. That is a brutal non-region schedule in single A football. This one will be tough for MCA. Going to be hard to beat both Jenkins and ECI on the road so I think ECI pulls this one out. The Bucs fall to 7-2 on the season.

10/27  Portal: MCA is not losing to Portal at home on Senior Night in Darien. MCA finishes the season at 8-2.

I have MCA, ECI, and Jenkins County all beating each other to finish 3-1 in the region standings. Region tie breaker scenarios will determine the playoff seeds 1-3 with Montgomery County being the four seed.



By: Jason Bishop news services

There are lofty expectations for the McIntosh County Academy Buccaneers for the upcoming 2022 football season.

Many believe a deep playoff run will be in the Bucs future come playoff time. A key piece of that equation will be rising Senior JaReese Campbell.

Campbell is expected to take over at QB for MCA. He played running back last season.

Campbell is a dual threat QB with dynamic playmaking ability.

JaReese Campbell knows the expectation his Bucs have on them. “We are pretty good and have a senior heavy team. We expect to make a deep playoff run. Losing in the second-round last year was hard. None of us want to repeat that. Our team is like a big family and we are a bunch of hard workers”

Campbell was born and raised in Darien and has been playing football since the age of seven. He will spend his entire high school career at MCA.

“My parents have been the most impactful people in my life. They have always made sure I had everything I needed to succeed at whatever I decided to take on. They taught me about hard work and have always been very supportive.”

JaReese has set some pretty high goals for himself with that support system in place. “I am still trying to figure out what I want to major in in college but I know I am going. I plan to play football at the college level as well”.

Campbell has gotten looks so far from Middle Tennessee State, Georgia State, East Tennessee State, Wofford, Alcorn State, Georgia Southern and Kennesaw State. As the season progresses, it is a given that more schools will be recruiting JaReese as well.

JaReese has set some personal goals for himself on the football field as well. “I feel like if I throw for 1,000 yards and rush for 1,000 yards, we will have a great season. That will allow other talented guys on our team to shine too”.

The Bucs QB will not only be under center for MCA but will play on defense as well. Campbell will be the starting safety for the Bucs. This will be his second year starting at safety for MCA.

“I honestly like playing defense better than offense. On defense, I can be more aggressive and I like that”.

Campbell has some high praise for his coach, Bradley Warren too. “Coach Warren has come in here and made believers out of us. He has shown us what it takes to win. The environment at The Ship on Friday Nights has been really awesome since he got here”.

We will see how well the Bucs do this season, but don’t be shocked to see them have a monster year and to hear the name JaReese Campbell as a huge reason why.

Arming The Ship

By: Buck Blanz news services

The McIntosh County Academy Buccaneers went 7-3 a year ago with their season ending in the first round of the playoffs against Clinch County 23-17.

The Buccaneers, after finishing the season with a 1-9 record in 2018, have made two consecutive state playoff appearances as they look to take the next step forward as a program.

What does that next step look like for the Buccaneers? Well, when I spoke to Head Coach Bradley Warren, he emphasized that they need to learn how to win ‘the big game’ as their team goal is “to go from good to great”.

Before Bradley Warren arrived at McIntosh County Academy, the football program seemed to be in disarray and didn’t have much determination and enthusiasm surrounding them.

However, since Coach Bradley Warren arrived at McIntosh County Academy, the football program has definitely seen promising progression from more areas than just one.

To start, Coach Warren has taken them to their first playoff appearances since the 2016 season and hoping to continue improvement. Also, with Warren’s double-slot offensive scheme, as well as how many players play both offense and defense, it allows for many, if not all, of his players to show their dynamic playing-making ability on both sides of the ball.

When I asked Coach Warren about who has impressed him the most throughout this offseason, without hesitation he answered with Austin Crosby.

The 6’1” 185-pound Senior from Darien, GA will be one of the Buccaneers most dynamic players all season long and is certainly a kid to keep tabs on.

Crosby plays quarterback, running back, as well as safety for the Buccaneers giving him many chances to showcase his versatility on the field as a top playmaker.

For the third straight season, the Buccaneers will open their season against two Glynn County powerhouses in (8/20) Glynn County and (8/27) Brunswick High, both of which are also from the much larger 6A GHSA classification and should prove to be their biggest test of the season.

The bright side of playing your toughest games early in the year is you will know what kind of team you have early, however, what is different about this season is how they will have both games played in the comfort of their own home stadium.

The Buccaneers have five of their first six games of the season scheduled to be home games, with their only away game being against Claxton, who finished third place right behind McIntosh County Academy in the region-3 standings a year ago.

McIntosh County Academy faces arguably their toughest test outside of Glynn County on October 15th, the Buccaneers must travel and face-off against the reigning region champs, the Metter High School Tigers, who made it to the final four before losing to Irwin County 44-10.

The Buccaneers will close out their regular season campaign with two road games against Portal, who forfeited a year ago, as well as Jenkins County who the Bucs beat 41-20 last season and should expect largely the same result.

Look out for Coach Bradley Warren and the Buccaneers led by Austin Crosby, as they look to take their program from “good to great”.