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Teachers Of Men

By: Kipp Branch news services

I have lived in Glynn County my entire life.

I have a passion for football; that maybe my parents, wife, and close friends understand.

I was blessed as a youth to play high school football for a man that I idolize; recent Glynn County Sports Hall of Fame inductee John Willis.

Other than my father who turned 80 years old this week I consider John Willis the greatest influence in my life. The life lessons I learned playing for him prepared me for life. In my mind the things I learned from John Willis are bigger than football he helped develop me into a man.

As I look at the state of high school football in our community today, we are blessed to have three outstanding football coaches charged with developing men in our community.

Brandon Derrick/Frederica Academy: You talk about a coach who can take a little and turn it into a lot, then look no further than Derrick who has consistently developed winning teams at Frederica Academy.

With a State Championship in GISA and numerous region titles, Derrick takes teams that have low numbers and competes with schools with twice the number of players.

A trademark of Derrick football teams is tenacity. The Knights play with a mettle, spirit, and resolution that many of their opponents do not possess and late in ball games that shines through at clutch time.

The values that Derrick teaches will carry with these kids for the rest of their lives. Name me a more tenacious football team than the Frederica Knights? You have Brandon Derrick to thank for that.

Rocky Hidalgo/Glynn Academy: Coach Rock has been at Glynn Academy since 2014 and the fortunes of the program turned immediately.

By the end of the 2015 season Hidalgo had Glynn playing for a State Championship. A trademark of Hidalgo teams is that they are fundamentally sound, which speaks to discipline.

Discipline is a character trait this is seriously lacking among our youth today. Hidalgo teams are prepared down to every little detail.

All Glynn Academy teams I have witnessed are sound in all three phases of offense, defense, and special teams. If a game is tight then it is hard to bet against a Rocky Hidalgo team down the stretch.

Discipline is a trademark of Glynn Academy football and that is because of Rocky Hidalgo.

Garrett Grady/Brunswick High: You talk about a young dynamic coach who knows how to motivate his kids, look no further than Grady.

Grady is a grinder who has a work ethic that is second to none.

Since Grady was named the BHS coach in 2022, he has had the magic touch with the program. Community service, player exposure, everything Grady does he does at 100%.

The key character value I see at BHS currently under Grady is commitment. Grady is committed to these kids at BHS and the kids see that and are totally committed to him.

I’m a Pirate until I die, and Grady is the perfect man to head the BHS football program for years to come. There is a commitment to be great a BHS currently because of Garrett Grady.

Tenacity, discipline, and commitment. Strong core values. Values that are taught to young men on the football fields of Glynn County.

If you don’t think we are blessed on the head coaching front for high school football in Glynn County, then you are not paying attention.

Come out and enjoy a high school football game in Glynn County soon where you will see a collection of head football coaches that I would not want to trade for anyone.

Core values are being taught and all you must do is pay attention. For $10 you can see the hope of our future locally on Friday Nights. That is not a huge investment.


All Area

By: Jason Bishop news services

The High School Football season has come and gone.

Here are my selections for the All-Area Team, which consists of five schools….Camden County High School, Glynn Academy, Brunswick High School, Frederica Academy and McIntosh County Academy.


Coaches Of The Year-Garrett Grady (BHS), Jeff Herron (Camden)



Offensive Linemen-Danny Thomas (MCA), Caden Copeland (Camden), Zach Owens (Camden), Daniel Rush (MCA), Jamal Meriweather (BHS), John McCleod (Glynn), Jack Hunt (Glynn)

Tight End-Dawson Hassler (MCA), Hamp Thompson (Frederica)

Wide Receivers-David Prince (Glynn), Terry Mitchell (BHS), Jayden Drayton (BHS)

Running Backs-Jordan Triplett (Frederica), Greg Peacock (Glynn), Jayden Daily (Camden), JaReese Campbell (MCA)

Quarterback-JR Elkins (BHS)



Defensive Linemen-Ka’Shawn Thomas (BHS), DeNigel Cooper (Camden), Sam Norris (Frederica), Xzavia Cummings (Glynn), Kristian Dallas (Camden), Jordan Jimerson (BHS)

Linebackers-Devin Smith (BHS), Lionel Twitty (BHS), J’Shawn Towns (BHS), Lake Linton (MCA), Cooper Thornhill (Camden), Jake Lindsey (Camden)

Defensive Backs-Tyre Young (Camden), Keon Leggett (BHS), Rico Holmes (Frederica), Blake Holloway (Frederica), Shamarion Gibbs (Camden), Ivan Johnson (BHS)


Special Teams:

Kicker-Kody Arnold (Glynn), Gabe Caison (Camden)

Punter-McClain Fineran (BHS)

Jason Bishop Show w Lawton Teston August 5

Jason Bishop Show w Lawton Teston August 5



All Area Team


By: Jason Bishop news services

The 2021 season has come to an end for the coastal Georgia football teams and once again we there was a lot of talent on display on the field.

Here is my Coastal Georgia All-Area team consisting of players from Camden County, Glynn Academy, Brunswick High, McIntosh County Academy and Frederica Academy.



QB-Tyler Devlin (Glynn)

RB-Jordan Triplett (Frederica)

RB-Chuckobe Hill (Brunswick)

RB-Austin Crosby (MCA)

TE-Trey Elvine (Brunswick)

WR-Terry Mitchell (Brunswick)

WR-Bryce Reilly (Frederica)

OL-Jacob Aiken (Frederica)

OL-Noah Demeritt (Camden)

OL-Daniel Rush (MCA)

OL-Ashton Frankel (Frederica)

OL-Kanaya Charlton (Brunswick)



DL-Iman Davis (Camden)

DL-K’Shawn Thomas (Brunswick)

DL-DJ Clinch (Glynn)

DL-Will Jones (MCA)

LB-Will Dykstra (Camden)

LB-Devin Smith (Brunswick)

LB-Colton Seay (Glynn)

LB-Jadin Jones (Camden)

CB-Jayden Drayton (Brunswick)

CB-Jalen Rogers (MCA)

S-Zach Andreu (Camden)

S-Jake Lindsey (Camden)


Special Teams

K-McClain Fineran (Brunswick)

P-Adonis Coyle (Camden)

KR-Jamie Felix (Camden)


Coach Of The Year-Brandon Derrick (Frederica)

Jason Bishop Show w Kipp Branch August 28

Jason Bishop Show w Kipp Branch August 28


Jason Bishop Show w Kipp Branch March 27

Jason Bishop Show w Kipp Branch March 27


Signing Day

By: Buck Blanz news services

The most challenging year recruiters have ever faced is finally over as one of the most anticipated days for college football fans on National Signing Day came and went.

Alabama was once again able to grab the top ranked class followed by Ohio State, Georgia, Clemson, and Oregon to round out the top-5.

Once again, the legendary Nick Saban brings in the top ranked recruiting class of 2021. Alabama was able to land arguably the best class of offensive linemen Tuscaloosa has ever seen.

Scary to hear those words coming off of a National Championship season as well as landing the third best running back in Camar Wheaton out of Texas.

It feels like Alabama is always grabbing the number one spot in anything football related, and they don’t appear to be going anywhere anytime soon.

Saban’s protege, Kirby Smart, has modeled his program at Georgia to be much like the one he came from in Tuscaloosa back in 2016.

Since Kirby was hired, he has been nothing short of a great asset in recruiting for the Bulldogs and this year proves no different as they got their 11th top-10 recruiting class in a row.

The Bulldogs came in at number three this year with a lot of help from the late dual-threat QB commit Brock Vandagriff, who is the latest addition to the very talented UGA QB room.

The other name often mentioned along with Georgia in the SEC east are the Florida Gators.

However, I would say that Dan Mullen bringing in just the 10th best recruiting class this year is a little bit of a letdown.

The Gators had a phenomenal 2020 season through a tough schedule, earning the SEC east championship and a shot at Alabama in the SEC Championship game.

Many of those players have declared for the NFL draft bringing Dan Mullen and company back to the drawing board. However, with the 10th ranked class in this year’s recruiting race Mullen was able to reload in some key positions for the Gators.

Mullen Landed tight ends Gage Wilcox and Nick Elksins as well as bringing in Caros Del Rio and Jalen Kitna at quarterback replacing one of the most famous duos last year in Kyle Pitts and Kyle Trask.

As for the other national powerhouses, Clemson and Ohio State were able to make their presences felt once again by reloading what have been two great programs for the last five to seven seasons.

Lastly, many high school athletes dream of becoming a college athlete but few are able to achieve it. Each recruit signing on NSD is giving themselves an opportunity to make an impact at the next level, make your mark!


Congratulations to all of the 2021 signees on the Georgia Coast!


Brunswick High School

Amarion Whitefield – Georgia Military College

Tyrease Jones – Savannah State University

AJ Wilson – Georgia Military College

KJ Lee – Georgia Military College

Josiah Bess – Greensboro College

David Newbauer – Greensboro College

Keegan Carroll – Greensboro College

Kyle Rehberg – Rose Hulman Institute of Technology

Kaleb Hampton – Reinhardt University


Glynn Academy

Jordan Swain – Georgia Military College

Chase Gabriel – Florida International University

Marvin Dallas – Louisville University

Ryan Seay-Savannah State University



Trenton Johnson-Savannah State University

Ryan Burkhart-Savannah State University

Miles Wood-Washington and Lee University

Khay Loyd-Army



Darryl Williams-Georgia Military College

Deterias Glover-Austin Peay University

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