By Kevin Price
For GCS Athletics
The Glynn Academy Red Terrors won their first game of the 2019 season Friday night as they clicked to a 52-7 triumph over Washington High in the first of two games held at Glynn County Stadium.
Playing ahead of Brunswick High’s game against Bartram Trail, the Terrors (1-1) rolled past the Bulldogs for the second consecutive season at home. Last year, Glynn won 42-6 over the Bulldogs in the first-ever meeting between the teams.
“We have 1 and 9 covered,” joked Glynn coach Rocky Hidalgo after Friday’s win.
The game was only close in the beginning as the Bulldogs (0-2) scored on a 16-yard pass from Vahon Raye to Monye Jones early in the second quarter to cap an 80-yard drive and pull within 10-7 on the scoreboard.
Glynn jumped ahead 10-0 as it scored on its first two drives. Nolan Grant returned the opening kick 80 yards to the Washington 5-yard line, setting up a touchdown run by quarterback TJ Lewis on the first snap from scrimmage.
The Terrors got a 37-yard field goal from Chase Gabriel on their second series.
Glynn proceeded to build a 31-7 advantage before halftime and added three more touchdowns over the final two periods. The fourth quarter was played with a running clock under the 30-point mercy rule.
Lewis accounted for four of Glynn’s touchdowns. He rushed for three scores and passed for another. His other two TD runs covered a yard and 20 yards. Lewis hit Nevarius Wiliams for a 31-yard scoring strike in the second quarter.
“He’s making strides,” Hidalgo said of his junior quarterback. “I thought he did a better job with things. He was more assertive running the ball. He’s getting better at what he’s doing.”
Lewis ran for 95 yards on 14 attempts an passed for 44 yards.
The Glynn defense stuffed Washington’s running game, and though the Bulldogs ran their quick passing game well at times especially early, the Terrors kept the visitors out of the end zone after their one score. Washington, which had 151 yards on its first two series, finished with 233 total net yards.
Glynn picked off two passes – one by junior linebacker Ryan Seay which led to a touchdown and another by senior defensive back Jalorean Coleman which he returned 35 yards for a touchdown.
“Their quarterback is a good player and they have some skill outside and made some plays. We probably played too much man coverage early, but started playing more zone. I knew we could get our hands on some balls, and our kids did a good job,” Hidalgo said.
Caden Hutchinson and Grant also scored on short runs for Glynn in the win. Glynn finished with 338 yards with 294 coming from the run game.
“I like our team, our kids,” Hidalgo said about his offense which struggled last week in the opening 31-6 loss to a powerful Fort Dorchester team in South Carolina. “We have good backs, TJ is getting better and I thought we were more physical up front tonight.”
The Terrors will be on the road next Friday as they play at Groves.