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: Cook played well on the Brunswick offensive front in the team’s 21-13 victory over Bradwell Institute last Friday in the season finale at Glynn County Stadium.
Coach’s comment: “He had a good game for us. He did a good job. I was proud of his overall effort,” said BHS coach Sean Pender.
His game: Akra chased the football the night long for the Pirates in the win over Bradwell. The senior finished with eight solo tackles and three assists.
Coach’s comment: “I am very proud of this young man,” said BHS defensive coordinator Thomas Tedder. “He has worked extremely hard this year and hopefully this performance will propel him to new heights as we enter the state playoffs.”
His game: DeMarzo had a solid game blocking for the Red Terrors who ran at will against Effingham in their 35-10 triumph in Springfield.
Coach’s comment: “He played his best football of the year,” said GA coach Rocky Hidalgo. “He came off the football and was physical.”
His game: Coleman was in on several tackles while breaking up five passes in the road win over the Rebels.
Coach’s comment: “He did a great job all night. “He competed for balls in the air,” Hidalgo said.
The Skinny: The Pirates are off this week after playing four straight weeks in Region 2-AAAAAA. In a five-team region, there is always one team off while the other four play once the region schedule begins. The Pirates played Richmond Hill, Effingham, Glynn Academy and Bradwell in order and now take their turn watching from the sidelines as the regular season comes to a close.
Brunswick finished the regular season with a 5-5 overall record and a 2-2 mark in region games. They defeated Effingham and Bradwell in league action while falling to Richmond Hill and Glynn.
BHS figures to be the No. 3 seed from the region for the Class AAAAAA playoffs behind champion Richmond Hill and runner-up Glynn. Bradwell should be the fourth seed.
There is a scenario where Brunswick, Glynn and Bradwell could tie for second with two league wins each. For this to happen, Bradwell would have to defeat the Terrors Friday night in Brunswick. Since all three teams would have beaten each other, a tiebreaker would have to be used to determine the seedings for the teams.
Region 2 plays Region 4 in the first round next week. The winner of the Tucker-Stephenson matchup will be the champion as both teams currently have one league loss. Stephenson will finish second if it loses. Tucker, though, could drop to third with a loss if Morrow beats M.L. King on Friday since Morrow defeated Tucker and would move to the second slot with two league losses.
If M.L. King beats Morrow, it could go to third while Morrow would drop to fourth but Morrow could also fall out of the top four if Lovejoy defeats Forest Park as Lovejoy beat the Mustangs head-to-head.
BHS head coach Sean Pender plans to scout the Tucker-Stephenson matchup in person since its possible for the Pirates to draw either one as the region runner-up. Of course, BHS could also get Morrow.
A look at the Terrors’ next game:
Opponent: Bradwell Institute
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday at Glynn County Stadium.
Radio: 102.5 FM
Records: GA 4-4, 2-1 Region 2-AAAAAA; BI, 3-5, 1-2 Region 2-AAAAAA
Last year/All-time: Glynn won 42-21 in Hinesville. GA leads the overall series 22-19.
The Skinny: The Terrors will be going for their third straight victory to end the regular season. Glynn has not won three in a row this year. The Terrors defeated Washington and Wayne County back to back before losing three in a row to Ware County, Camden County and Richmond Hill.
Glynn’s run as the Region 2 champion will come to an end. The Terrors could finish 3-1 in league play along with the Wildcats if they were to lose Friday against Efffingham, but Richmond Hill would still get the No. 1 seed for the state playoffs by virtue of its head-to-head triumph over Glynn.
Glynn can secure the No. 2 seed and a home game in the opening round of state next week against the No. 3 team from Region 4 with a victory on Friday.
The Terrors have won nine in a row over the Tigers who last beat Glynn 27-20 back in 2009 under Jim Walsh Jr.
The Tigers are now under first-year head coach Kyle Adkins who is a former Ware County assistant. He had been the head coach at Campbell previously.
Bradwell’s victories this season came against Long County, Tattnall County and Effingham. The Tigers defeated the Rebels 31-28 to open the region schedule and will make the playoffs as at least the No. 4 seed with that victory.
The Tigers are playing in GC Stadium for the second straight week as they fell to Brunswick 21-13 last week between the bricks.
Bradwell’s offense revolves around senior quarterback Dariuse Cooper who has passed for 1,257 yards and 10 touchdowns while running for 588 and seven TDs.
Last week, Kaimani Gordon, a big running back, carried 23 times for 140 yards and a touchdown against Brunswick.
It will be Senior Night for the Terrors on Friday.