By Kevin Price
For GCS Athletics
Each week during the 2019 high school football season Glynn County Athletics will announce the Players of the Week for Brunswick High and Glynn Academy from the previous week’s games and will look ahead to the upcoming games for both the Pirates and Red Terrors.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
His game: The sophomore runner had another strong game for the Pirates, carrying 27 times for 181 yards and a touchdown in Brunswick’s 29-19 victory last Friday at New Hampstead. His 6-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter kick started a 22-0 spurt by the Pirates to finish the game.
Coach’s comment: “We dominated on the ground in the second half. He had a lot of good runs for us,” said BHS coach Sean Pender.
His game: Ramsey had a stellar game in the middle of the Brunswick offensive front as his blocking helped the Pirates finish with 359 yards including 242 rushing for the game against the Phoenix.
Coach’s comment: “He shows great leadership up front and gets us in the right protection or blocking scheme on every play. He is a great teammate and displays the true meaning of Pirate Pride,” said BHS line coach Garrett Grady.
His game: Crump had six solo tackles, three assists, a sack and a tackle for a loss for the BHS defense in the win over New Hampstead in Pooler.
Coach’s comment: “Our defense had a great game, and Crump was all over the place. He played an awesome game,” Pender noted.
The Red Terrors did not provide any Players of the Week from their game this past Friday against Ware County.
A look at the Pirates’ next game:
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Hugh Mills Stadium in Albany
Radio: 107.7 FM
Records: BHS 2-3, 0-0 Region 2-AAAAAA; Monroe 3-3, 0-0 Region 1-AAA
Last week: BHS won 29-19 at New Hampstead; Monroe won 26-22 over Dougherty
Last year/All-time: Brunswick topped Monroe 42-6 at Glynn County Stadium. That was the first-ever meeting between the teams.
The Skinny: The Pirates will be on the road a second straight week to face the Golden Tornadoes in Albany. This will be the final non-region game of the season for the Pirates who can finish with a 3-3 record in the non-region portion of their schedule with a win Friday night.
BHS head coach Sean Pender is 2-0 all-time versus the Tornadoes. Pender faced Monroe back in 2010 when he was coaching at Crisp County, winning 14-13 in Albany. The Torandoes’ current head coach, Charles Truitt, was also the team’s coach back then.
The Tornadoes are .500 for the season with their 3-3 record. They won their first two games over Jordan (35-13) and Terrell County (36-6) before losing their next three against Westover (28-6), Perry (45-20) and Thomas County Central (35-22). They ended their losing skid last week with the victory over Dougherty.
Monroe will have next week off to prepare for its three league games in Region 1-AAA to close out the season. Brunswick will go into Region 2-AAAAAA action next Friday at Richmond Hill.
Monroe is averaging almost 26 points a game to just over 22 by the Pirates who scored 22 unanswered points last week in the second half against New Hampstead.
KJ Lee came off the bench in the second quarter and played quarterback the rest of the game to see his first action this season after rehabilitating a broken foot. He was 8-for-12 passing for 101 yards and a touchdown. He ran four times for 6 yards.
BHS had only five penalties for 22 yards in last week’s win.
The Tornadoes run a spread offense. Last week against rival Dougherty, quarterback Daarious Rivers threw for 277 yards and two touchdowns. Senior receiver Za’tarrious Anderson had four catches for 132 yards and a touchdown. He also ran for a score from the Wildcat formation and ran for a two-point conversion. Anderson also plays defense and intercepted two passes in the game last week.
A look at the Red Terrors’ next game:
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday at Glynn County Stadium
Opponent: Camden County
Records: GA 2-2, 0-0 Region 2-AAAAAA; Camden, 5-0, 0-0 in Region 1-AAAAAAA, ranked No. 10 by Max Preps
Last week: GA lost 35-13 to Ware County; Camden was idle.
Last year/All-time: Camden won 20-9 in Kingsland. The Wildcats lead the overall series 14-5.
The Skinny: Camden will come to Glynn County Stadium sporting a perfect 5-0 record that includes a forfeit victory over Locust Grove the week of Hurricane Dorian.
The Wildcats have on-field victories over West Forsyth 47-6, Wren (S.C) 52-44, Richmond Hill 24-20 and Brunswick 48-20.
This is Camden’s third season under Bob Sphire who joined the Wildcats after turning North Gwinnett into a state power in Georgia’s largest classification. This is easily the Wildcats’ best team in the three seasons under Sphire who took the program to the playoffs last fall in a 7-win season after the Wildcats had back-to-back losing seasons and did not make the playoffs the two previous years.
The Red Terrors had beaten the Wildcats in the two previous seasons including the 2017 season when Sphire arrived before losing last season to Camden. Last year, the game between GA and Camden started on Friday night but had to be postponed until the next morning due to severe weather in Kingsland.
Friday’s game will be the final non-region game for Glynn which will be off next week before going into Region 2-AAAAAA play. Camden will have another non-region game after this one before closing its season with its three games in Region 1-AAAAAAA against Colquitt County, Lowndes and Tift County.
Camden is averaging 220 passing yards a game while gaining an average of 229 per game on the ground.
Senior quarterback Logan Watson is excelling in the teams’s spread offense. He has thrown for 859 yards and 12 touchdowns in four games.
Sophomore Jamie Felix is Camden’s top rusher. He has gained 525 yards (131 avg.) and is averaging 7.8 yards a carry.
Shawn Hardy is the team’s leading receiver with 15 catches for 315 yards and four scores.
Glynn coach Rocky Hidalgo and Sphire used to square off in metro Atlanta, too. Hidalgo was the defensive coordinator at Walton, where he would eventually become head coach, when Sphire came to North Gwinnett after coaching in Kentucky.
They faced off as head coaches for the first time when Sphire came to Camden prior to the 2017 season.
Sphire’s offensive coordinator at Camden is Shawn Jackson who came to Glynn with Hidalgo after coaching with Sphire at North Gwinnett. He left GA after one season to become a head coach and has since teamed back up with Sphire in Kingsland.