By Kevin Price
For GCS Athletics
Springfield, Ga. – The Glynn Academy Red Terrors rolled to a 35-10 victory over Effingham here Friday night in Region 2-AAAAAA action.
Glynn scored four touchdowns in the first two quarters to open up a 28-3 lead at intermission.
The win lifted the Terrors to 4-4 overall and 2-1 in the region. They locked up a playoff berth and can secure the league’s No. 2 seed next Friday with a win over Bradwell Institute at Glynn County Stadium in the regular-season finale.
Effingham fell to 2-7 overall and the Rebels are now 0-3 in region games. They close the season next week against Richmond Hill which has already captured the region championship and can complete a perfect 4-0 run through the region with a victory next week over the Rebels who have been their nemesis in recent years.
On Friday, Glynn quickly went to the Effingham end zone to open the game, going 41 yards to score on a 2-yard run by junior quarterback TJ Lewis. The Terrors started their first drive in Effingham territory after a long kickoff return by Jujuan Floyd.
The Terrors went up 14-0 late in the opening period on a 26-yard run by Nolan Grant. Glynn would blink the scoreboard to 21-0 with 8:18 to go in the second quarter on a 1-yard run by Lewis.
Midway through the second stanza, Glynn was threatening to score again when Lewis was picked off by the Rebels at their own 9-yard line.
Effingham would drive for a 30-yard field goal to make the score 21-3 with 2:09 remaining until halftime.
Glynn would use that time to go on another scoring march with Grant going 12-yards for a touchdown inside the final minute to give the Terrors a comfortable 28-3 cushion at the break.
Neither team scored in the third quarter. Glynn did attempt a 50-yard field goal midway through the quarter, but the kick by senior Chase Gabriel was no good. Gabriel kicked a 26-yarder as time expired last week for Glynn to give the Terrors their 24-21 victory over Brunswick High.
The Rebels pulled within 28-10 with a passing touchdown early in the fourth quarter.
Less than two minutes later, Glynn hit paydirt again with Caden Hutchinson scoring from 9 yards out to close the scoring for the night.
The loss ended any hope Effingham had to make the playoffs. Even an upset-win next week over Richmond Hill would leave the Rebels tied with Bradwell with one region win each if the Tigers were to lose to Glynn.
Bradwell defeated Effingham in their head-to-head matchup to kick off region play and thus would get the league’s fourth playoff berth based on the head-to-head result.
The Terrors have now won 13 in a row over the Rebels.