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Week 7 Run Down

By: Jason Bishop

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Camden @ Colleton: Camden has looked unstoppable so far this year. The Wildcats went into last night’s game undefeated at 6-0 and has only really played one close game all season.

Camden took the trip to South Carolina to take on the Colleton Cougars. The Cougars came into the game 2-3 on the season.

The Wildcats scored on the opening possession on converted on the 2-point conversion for an 8-0 lead. Colleton would answer to make it 6-0. It was all Camden from there. The Wildcats took a 35-6 lead into the half.

Colleton would not be able to get back into the game as Camden kept adding on. The final, Camden 49 Colleton 12. The Wildcats improve to 7-0 on the season.

MCA @ Savannah Country Day: MCA has won 2 of its’ last 3, including a huge upset win over Calvary Day.

The Bucs come in a 2-3 football team but are playing much better than that. MCA took to the road up I-95 to take on the undefeated Savannah Country Day Hornets in a region matchup.

MCA returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown and a 7-0 lead over the Hornets. Country Day answered to tie the game. The Bucs would score before the half to take a 14-7 lead into the locker room. Savannah Country Day evened the game in the 3rd quarter at 14-14.

The Hornets scored 14 unanswered points from that point to win a hard-fought game, 28-14. The Bucs fall to 2-4 on the year.

Brunswick High @ Richmond Hill: In 2018 the Brunswick High Pirates their season 3-3 and then lost all 4 region games to end the season 3-7.

In 2019, the Pirates started their 3-3. BHS kicked off region play against the Richmond Hill Wildcats on the road and were hopeful to not follow the 2018 plan.

The Wildcats almost knocked off Camden a few weeks back and came into this contest a 2-3 football team.

The Pirates took the opening kickoff of the game 80 yards for a touchdown to set the tone. However, the Wildcats would score 35 unanswered points to take a 35-7 lead into the half. The Wildcats would not look back, woodshedding the Pirates, 48-13.

BHS falls to 3-4 and 0-1 in the region.

Statesboro @ Wayne: Region play also starts tonight for Wayne County and Statesboro. The Yellow Jackets came in with a 4-1 mark while the Blue Devils entered the region affair with a 3-2 mark, but have lost back to back games after starting 3-0.

In a defensive struggle in the first half the Yellow Jackets to a 14-7 lead into the half.

Wayne added another TD in the 4th to go up 21-7. That would end up your final. The Yellow Jackets improve to 5-1 and take first place in their region.

Brantley @ Pierce: Everyone was beginning to think Brantley was for real, until they got thumped by MCA last week.

The Herons had a chance to prove their start wasn’t a fluke as they traveled to Blackshear to take in Pierce in the Bear’s Den.

Pierce entered the games undefeated and the class of the region.

Pierce drew first blood early in the first quarter, scoring a touchdown and a 7-0 lead. The Bears would pour it on from there, Pierce took a 42-0 lead into the half and this was a laugher for the Bears. Final 56-7. Brantley drops to 3-3 and Pierce improves to 6-0.

Frederica @ Westfield: Frederica is coming off a 30-28 loss to region foe Pinewood. The Knights lead that game 21-0 at the half, but then got outscored 30-7 in the second half.

Frederica, now 2-3 on the season, found themselves in a must win situation on the road against the Westfield Hornets.

Westfield had lost their first 6 games of the year before beating Trinity Christian last week for a region win.

The Knights found themselves up 16-7 late in the 2nd quarter. The Knights would pull away in the second half, winning the gam3 43-10. The Knights improve to 3-3 on the season and 1-1 in the region.

 

Southeast Georgia High School Week 5 Round Up

By: Jason Bishop

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Week 5 of the high school football season played out last night. Here are the games from around southeast Georgia.

Wayne County @ Appling County: Wayne County left the ranks of the unbeaten last week, going down to Glynn Academy. The Yellow Jackets will renew their rivalry with Appling.

Appling came into this game undefeated.

The Pirates dominated the first half and went into the locker room up 24-7 over the favored Yellow Jackets.

That lead would not last. Wayne County scored the 26 points and knocked Appling from the ranks of the unbeatens, 33-24.

Brunswick @ New Hampstead: Brunswick High is coming off a 48-20 loss to Camden, in a game that should have been closer, but the Pirates could not get out of their own way.

The Pirates took to the road to Pooler in hopes of getting their season back on track against the Phoenix.

New Hampstead scored on 2 turnovers in the first half and returned a kick to get up on the Pirates 19-7 early in the 3rd quarter.

The Pirates would not quit and came all the way back to take a 21-19 lead late in the 4th and would tack on later. Brunswick scored the last 22 points of the game to win 29-19.

The Pirates are now 2-3 on the season.

Calvary Day @ MCA: MCA is coming off their first win of the season, a 32-0 blowout of Jenkins County. The Buccaneers were hoping the momentum would carry over against Calvary Day at The Ship in Darien.

MCA’s defense played great, only down 7-0 at the half.

The Buccaneers kept fighting in the back and forth with Calvary Day. MCA took a 21-20 lead late in the 4th. However, Calvary Day responded to go back up 28-20. That would be the final. MCA falls to 1-3 on the season.

Berrien @ Brantley County: The last time we saw Brantley County on the field they were taking their first loss of the season from Jeff Davis, who was also undefeated at the time.

The Herons hosted Berrien looking to prove they are for real.

Berrien made it difficult for the Herons, taking a 17-7 lead into the half.

That would not last as Brantley battled back and would take down Berrien 31-24.

The Herons record improved to 3-1.

Ware County @ Glynn Academy: A huge rivalry game at Glynn County Stadium, in which Glynn Academy has owned recently. Ware County has looked underwhelming to this point and really needed this win on the road.

The Gators came out on a mission and took a 21-0 lead into the half.

The Terrors offense could never get going against the Ware defense and the Gators got a much needed win to bring their record at 3-2. The Terrors fall to 2-2. The final 35-13 in favor of Ware.

South Effingham @ Pierce County: Both South Effingham and Pierce entered into this game undefeated. South Effingham hasn’t been getting a lot respect despite their perfect record. A win at Pierce would change that.

The Mustangs held their own and went into halftime tied 7-7 with the Bears.

Pierce pulled away in the second half and gave South Effingham their first loss of the year, 42-28. The Mustangs fall to 4-1 and Pierce goes to 5-0.

Week 4 Friday Night Lights

By: Jason Bishop

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Week 4 of the High School Football is now in the books and here is what went down in South Georgia.

Wayne County @ Glynn Academy: Both of these teams coming into this game trying to figure out how good they were. The game turned into a track meet with the Red Terrors coming out on top 47-35.

It was the first game Glynn had played since August and the Red Terrors ran the ball at will against Wayne.

The Yellow Jackets scored on big play after big play but in the end could not sustain long drives to keep the Red Terror offense off the field.  Glynn goes to 2-1 and Wayne falls to 2-1.

Brunswick High @ Camden County: Camden played a tight game with Richmond Hill the week before, which raised some eyebrows across the state. Brunswick blew out MCA the previous week and this looked to be an interesting game. It ended up not being that interesting.

Camden jumped out to a 14-0 lead, the Pirates answered with a touchdown and it looked like we might have a game with a 14-7 score in the 2nd quarter. That was short lived.

The Camden defense clamped down and the offense went to work. The Wildcats knocked off the Pirates 48-20.

MCA @ Jenkins County: Jenkins came into this game as the favorite to beat winless MCA. Instead the Buccaneers went into to Jenkins and dominated the War Eagles. MCA’s defense was the story, completely shutting down the Jenkins County offense to the tune of a shutout. MCA wins their first game of the year, 32-0.

Augusta Prep @ Frederica Academy: This was the first home game of the year for Frederica.

There is no putting this mildly. This was ugly. Frederica scored on their first play from scrimmage and the rout was on. The Knights ended up putting Augusta Prep on a running clock. The Knights hung 60 on the Cavaliers in a 63-0 laugher.

 

Chopping October

By: Jason Bishop

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October baseball will take place once again in Atlanta.

The Atlanta Braves defended their 2018 NL East Crown by clinching the division this past weekend.

Most experts did not have the Braves winning the division in 2019, mostly taking into account all the money the Philadelphia Phillies spent in the offseason. Those Phillies most likely will not make the playoffs at all.

As October approaches, there is still the business of Atlanta setting their playoff roster. The Braves roster suffered a ton of injuries in the last two months of the season. Nick Markakis, Ender Inciarte, Austin Riley, Charlie Culberson and Johan Camargo all spent time in the Injured List and Atlanta will be without Culberson and Camargo in the first round and maybe throughout the playoffs.

The Braves will likely be matched up with the St. Louis Cardinals in the Divisional Round of the playoffs.  The Cardinals likely will win the NL Central.

St. Louis, once again, put together a second half run to put themselves into the mix.

The Cardinals will bring with them into a postseason a young starting rotation, headed by Dakota Hudson. Hudson currently has notched 16 wins for the Red Birds with a 3.35 ERA.

Outside of Hudson, the Cardinals will have Jack Flaherty, Miles Mikolas, and Adam Wainwright.

Paul Goldschmidt hit 31 homeruns for St. Louis and led the team.

Meanwhile, the Braves will bring an offense that has carried the team all year long and a decent rotation.

Mike Soroka had a breakout season for Atlanta and along with Dallas Keuchel, Max Fried and either Julio Teheran or Mike Foltynewicz in the rotation.

Realistically, the Braves will be huge favorites to beat the Cardinals in the 3 of 5 series. If that happens, the Braves will get the winner of the NL West Champion Los Angeles Dodgers and the winner of the Wild Card Game.

I believe the Dodgers will get the Washington Nationals in the first round. That series have the potential to go all 5 games.

Last season the Dodgers bombed Atlanta in the NLDS, but the Braves pitching is far better than last season and so is the offense.

The Dodgers will be favored to beat the Braves if that is the matchup but Atlanta would be favored against any other team they may play in the NLCS if they get past St, Louis.

In my opinion, the Braves will do no worse than an NLCS appearance and will give LA all they want in the NLCS. On paper, the Dodgers are deeper and better.

The most exciting thing is the Braves will be making plenty of playoff appearances moving forward. They are good and young.

If not this season, a World Series Championship should be on the horizon for the Braves.

Glynn Pitch Forked Out Of Playoffs

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In a second-round matchup in the GHSA playoffs, two 6A powerhouses squared off. The Glynn Academy Red Terrors and the Valdosta Wildcats went at it for a berth in the Elite Eight on the line.

Valdosta took an early 7-0 lead in the first quarter. The Red Terrors would respond with a touch down of their own to tie the game at 7-7.

The Red Terrors took their only lead on a field goal in the second, 10-7.

Valdosta would then score two touchdowns to take a 21-10 lead into the half.

The Wildcats would then score a third unanswered touch down on their first possession in the 3rd quarter for a 28-10 lead.

Glynn answered on a long, methodical TD drive to cut the lead to 28-17 with 3 minutes left in the 3rd quarter.

Valdosta punched back with another TD to go ahead 35-17, just before the end of the 3rd quarter.

The Red Terrors would not go away, punching home another TD to stay in the game at 35-24.

The Terrors had an opportunity to pull within a TD with around 3 minutes to go with an attempted field goal. That field goal was blocked and for all intents and purposes that would be it for Glynn’s season.

Valdosta took over on offense and milked the clock away for the win.

Glynn Academy finishes their season with an 8-4 record. The four losses for the Terrors all came to powerhouses within the state; Camden, Wayne, Ware and Valdosta.

This is the first time in the Rocky Hidalgo era that the Red Terrors did not at least make the Elite 8.

Valdosta will take on Dacula in the Elite 8 of the playoffs.

All four teams from Glynn Academy’s region lost at the hands of a team from Region 1 in the second round.

The Red Terrors were a young football team in 2018, having lost 19 seniors from 2017. However, Glynn won their 5th consecutive City Championship and 4th consecutive region championship.

The future looks bright for the Red Terrors moving into 2019. Glynn will be in the mix for a state title in 2019.

Playoff Terrors

By: Jason Bishop

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The GHSA playoffs kicked off on Friday night.

The Glynn Academy Red Terrors were matched up with the #4 seed from the Augusta Region, the Evan Knights.

Glynn earned home field for at least the first two rounds of the playoffs and hosted Evans at Glynn County Stadium.

Glynn finished up the regular season with a 7-3 mark, region champs and a #1 seed in the playoffs.

Evans came in with a 3-7 record and earned the #4 seed from the Augusta Region.

Both teams got off to slow starts. However, Evans would put a TD on the board midway through the 1st quarter for a 7-0 lead. The touchdown came on 3 plays that covered 95 yards.

They would not score again. The Evans 7-0 lead would through the remainder of the 1st quarter.

The Red Terrors would respond with a touchdown early in the second quarter going 80 yards to tie the game at 7-7. The score coming on a Nolan Grant 6-yard TD run.

The Terrors would take the lead on a 51-yard TD run by Quany Bostick midway through the 2nd quarter, 14-7. Glynn would add another TD from TJ Lewis, scoring on a 1-yard TD run. That would be good for a 21-7 Red Terror lead in the 2nd quarter. Glynn scored on 11 plays for 78 yards. That score would hold to halftime.

The Terrors defense would stop Evan offense on their first drive of the second half to get the ball back. Glynn would march the ball downfield to put the game away, scoring another touchdown for a 28-7 lead.

With about 5 minutes left in the game the Red Terrors would pour it on, running the ball down the throat of Evans for another touchdown for a 35-7 lead. With a minute and change Caden Hutchinson would push the ball into the endzone for another TD. Glynn would now lead 42-7 and that would be the final. The Red Terrors scored the final 42 points of the game.

With the win the Terrors improve their record to 8-3 for 2018.

The Red Terrors will host the Valdosta Wildcats in the second round of the playoffs at Glynn County Stadium. The Wildcats, a first round winner over Lovejoy, 63-21.

Glynn played Valdosta in the preseason scrimmage in which the Wildcats beat the Terrors handily.

The Red Terrors have advanced to at least the Elite 8 in every year Coach Rocky Hidalgo has been at the helm.

 

Playoff Terrors

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The Glynn Academy Red Terrors have won their 4th straight Region Championship.

Glynn beat the Bradwell Tigers 42-21.

The Red Terrors took a 7-0 lead on their second possession of the game. Bradwell tied the game up at 7-7 early in the 2nd quarter.

Glynn took charge of the game with two unanswered touchdowns before the half to take a 21-7 advantage into halftime.

Glynn Academy put the game away midway through the 3rd quarter on a 1-yard TD run by TJ Lewis, giving Glynn a 28-7 lead.

The Terrors would pour it on by adding another score late in the 3rd quarter, via a 15-yard TD run by Quany Bostick for a 35-7 lead.

Bradwell would score early in the 4th to make it a 35-14 game. The Red Terrors would respond would score a rushing TD to go up 42-14 mid way through the 4th. The Tigers would score a TD late in the 4th quarter to make the score a little more respectable, 42-21. That would be the final

Glynn Academy picked a great time to play their best of the year, heading into the playoffs.

Bradwell had a chance to win the #1 seed if they could beat Glynn and gotten a favorable scenario in a tie breaker, pending the outcome of the Richmond Hill/Effingham game.

However, with the Terrors win that tie breaker scenario was void and the Red Terrors secured the #1 seed.

The Red Terrors will play Lakeside Evans in the first round of the playoffs. Lakeside Evans won the #4 seed from region 3-6A. That game will be played next week at Glynn County Stadium. With the loss Bradwell falls to the 4th seed.

Glynn Academy finishes the regular season at 7-3. It was a weird regular season for the Red Terrors. It was a season that saw Glynn Academy benefit from a forfeit win by Fort Dorchester, lose three games in a row in the middle of the season and then rebound to win four in row to close the season, all region wins.

Terrors Survive

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The Glynn Academy Red Terrors came into their game Friday night against the Effingham Rebels.

Glynn had bounced back nicely from 3 straight losses in the middle of the year with 2 consecutive wins over region foes Richmond Hill and Brunswick High.

The Red Terrors were coming off their 5th City Championship in a row against rival Brunswick, 17-12.

The Red Terrors jumped out to a 7-0 lead, scoring on the opening drive of the football game. Glynn Academy’s defense then played lights out for the remainder of the first half. The Red Terrors’ defense forced a long FG attempt by the Rebels that was no good. Effingham would not get back into scoring position in the second half after that.

Glynn would score their second touchdown from 14 yards out on a Quany Bostic run. The Red Terrors went 57 yards in 3 plays for the score and the Terrors would lead 14-0 midway through the second quarter.

All year the Terrors have leaned on their special teams and defense; their special teams blocked a punt at midfield late in the first half. That blocked punt would lead to Red Terrors FG right before the half. At the half the Red Terrors would lead 17-0.

The Rebels would make it a game late in the 3rd quarter, punching the ball in on a short run to make the score 17-7.

Effingham would draw closer on a field goal after the Terrors kept them out of the end zone after a 1st and goal from the 6-yard line. The Rebels trailing 17-10, and suddenly, we had a game.

The Terrors would respond. With a little over four minutes to go the Red Terrors go 83 yards in 3 plays and score on a long Caden Hutchinson TD run for a 24-10 lead.

The Rebels would score a late TD with a little over a minute to go to make the score 24-17. The Red Terrors would recover the on-side kick and run out the clock. The Red Terrors escape with a 24-17.

With the win and Brunswick High losing the 4 teams that made the playoffs from Region 2-6A will be Glynn, Richmond Hill, Bradwell and Effingham.

Glynn Academy will play Bradwell next week with the region possibly on the line. If the Terrors take down the Tigers they will win their 4th straight region championship.

Glynn Academy Wins City Championship

By: Jason Bishop

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The Glynn Academy Red Terrors won another city championship Friday night against the Brunswick High Pirates.

The Terrors won 17-12 to take home the trophy for the 5th consecutive year. Red Terror Head Coach Rocky Hidalgo has never lost to Brunswick High, a perfect 5-0. The loss for the Pirates marks the 2nd consecutive graduating class that never beat Glynn.

Glynn marched the first drive of the game down the field and scored a touchdown for a 7-0. That lead would hold through the first half and Glynn went into the locker room up 7-0 at the half.

The Red Terrors added a field goal in the 3rd quarter for a 10-0 lead. Then, in the 4th quarter with five minutes and change left in the game, Glynn added another TD to go up 17-0 and it looked like the Terrors would coast to another city championship.

However, the Pirates did not make that easy on the Terrors. Brunswick finally answered and scored a TD of their own to make the score 17-6. The Pirates went for 2 and did not get it.

Brunswick then recovered an on-side kick and would score another touchdown to make the score 17-12. The Pirates would once again go for 2 and once again be unsuccessful.

With under a minute to go the Pirates attempted another onside kick, but this time the Terrors would recover and run out the clock on Brunswick for the 17-12 win.

The win gives back to back wins for Glynn and takes them to 5-3 on the season and 2-0 in the region.

Richmond Hill ended up beating Bradwell Institute, which now leaves the Red Terrors in first place in the region by themselves. The Red Terrors still have to play Effingham and Bradwell in region to close the season.

If the Terrors win both games they will win their 4th consecutive region and claim a #1 seed heading into the GHSA playoffs.

The first round opponent will likely be Mundy’s Hill for Glynn if they did win the region again.

 

 

Glynn Tames Wildcats

By: Jason Bishop

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The Glynn Academy Red Terrors entered Friday night’s game coming off a bye week.

The bye week may have come at a good time for the Terrors as the team had dropped three consecutive games; Wayne, Ware and Camden.

Glynn kicked off their region schedule Friday night hosting the Richmond Hill Wildcats. Richmond Hill was coming off of a 41-7 blowout win over Brunswick High and was sitting in first place in the region.

The Wildcats had lost their starting running back in week 2 and had struggled scoring points ever since, until the 41-point explosion against the Pirates.

Richmond Hill entered the game at 3-3 and the Red Terrors also entered Friday night’s contest at 3-3.

The Red Terrors had not lost four straight in the Rocky Hidalgo era. Speaking of Coach Hidalgo, the Red Terrors head coach made change at QB. Senior Sam Wagner got the start under center.

The Glynn defense and special teams dominated the first half. A pick six gave the Red Terrors a 7-0 lead. GA would extend the lead on a returned missed field goal for a 14-0 lead. The Terrors would add a second pick six for 21-0 2nd quarter lead.

Glynn would take that lead in the locker room at the half.

The Red Terrors would then go into clock chewing mode, which is something Glynn has always done under Rocky Hidalgo.

The Wildcats would make a long field goal to get point on the board in the 3rd quarter.

That score would be the score heading into the 4th, 21-3.

Glynn QB Sam Wagner would score a late touchdown diving into the end zone from the one-yard line.

The Red Terrors would close out Richmond Hill 28-3.

With the win the Red Terrors improve to 4-3 on the season and take first place in the region at 1-0.

Next week Glynn Academy will play a desperate Brunswick High Pirate team for the City Championship. BHS has lost to both Richmond Hill and Effingham in the region and will be in “must win mode” to make the playoffs.