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: Hill ran for 89 yards and three touchdowns while also catching five passes for 98 yards in Brunswick’s 34-13 victory last Friday at Morrow in the first round of the Class AAAAAA state playoffs.
Coach’s comment: “He ran the ball well, caught the ball well out of the backfield and also blocked well. He had a lot of yards after contact,” said Brunswick head coach Sean Pender.
His game: Wilson finished with nine tackles and played solid as a member of the front seven for the Pirates in their first-round victory over Morrow.
Coach’s comment: “He has really stepped up his game this year, and we look forward to him continuing to improve in the year to come,” said BHS defensive coordinator Thomas Tedder.
The Glynn Academy coaching staff did not provide any players. These players were picked by GCS Athletics.
His game: Lewis ran for 92 yards and two touchdowns and also passed for a touchdown in Glynn’s 31-7 victory over Tucker last Friday at home in the first round of the Class AAAAAA state playoffs.
His game: Bacon blocked a punt that led to Glynn’s first touchdown. He also intercepted a pass and played well in the GA secondary in the victory over Tucker.
A look at the Pirates’ next game:
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday at Harrison
Radio: 107.7 FM
Records: BHS – 6-5, 2-2 Region 2-AAAAAA, No. 3 seed; Harrison – 11-0, 8-0 Region 6-AAAAAA, No. 1 seed, Ranked No. 2 in state.
Last year/All-time: This will be the first-ever meeting between the Pirates and Hoyas.
The Skinny: The Pirates won their first playoff game since 2010 when they knocked off Morrow last Friday in the opening round.
Back in 2010, the Pirates decked Creekside 48-14 in the first round before falling 42-34 the next week at Starr’s Mill.
Brunswick has not advanced beyond the second round of the state playoffs since 1999 when the Pirates played for the Class AAAA state championship. The Pirates lost in the second round in 2006, 2008 and 2009.
The Pirates will be underdogs Friday at Harrison, which is a perfect 11-0 and ranked No. 2 in the state. Last week, the Hoyas overcame four turnovers as they rolled to a 45-25 opening-round win over Winder-Barrow.
Harrison averages 41 points a game. The Hoyas have allowed only 117 points for the season, an average of 10.6 per game.
Senior quarterback Gavin Hall has thrown for 1,423 yards and 12 touchdowns with four interceptions. He started as a sophomore when the Hoyas lost Justin Fields to a season-ending injury during the season. He played against Glynn Academy that season when GA won in the state quarterfinals. Fields went on to play for Georgia as a freshman before transferring to Ohio State where he is now starring as the starting quarterback.
Senior David Roberts is a 1,000-yard rusher for Harrison. He ran for 123 yards on 12 carries and scored four touchdowns last week.
Senior linebackers Ryan Smith and Caleb Wilkerson both have double-digit tackles for loss while junior linebacker Marcus Bleazard averages 11 tackles a game.
Harrison lost to Lanier last year in the second round. The Hoyas are playing in the second round for the fourth straight season but have advanced to the quarterfinals only once in the previous three seasons.
Brunswick’s Chuckobe Hill went over the 1,000-yard rushing mark last week. He now has 1,058 yards on the ground and is averaging 5.98 yards per carry.
A look at the Terrors’ next game:
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday at Dacula
Radio: 102.5 FM
Records: GA- 6-4, 3-1 Region 2-AAAAAA, No. 2 seed; Dacula – 11-0, 5-0 Region 8-AAAAAA, No. 1 seed, Ranked No. 1 in state.
Last year/All-time: This will be the first-ever meeting between the Red Terrors and Falcons.
The Skinny: Glynn is back in the second round for the sixth straight season under head coach Rocky Hidalgo who became the GA coach prior to the 2014 season.
The Red Terrors have advanced beyond round two all but once which was last season when they fell to Valdosta at home.
The last time Glynn played on the road in the second round was 2015 when the Terrors won at Dalton on the way to playing for the state championship.
Glynn will be a big underdog this week at Dacula which is a perfect 11-0 on the season and ranked No. 1 in the state. The Falcons are averaging 39.4 points per game while giving up only 12.5 per contest.
Last week, Dacula steamrolled Dalton in its opening playoff game, winning 49-18. Junior running back Kaleb Edwards had a huge game, totaling 281 yards of offense. He rushed for 193 yards and two touchdowns and also had 88 yards receiving and two more scores. Edwards also intercepted a pass on defense.
The Falcons rushed for 367 yards in the win while passing for another 140 to finish with 507 total yards.
Dalton’s Jahmyr Gibbs, the leading rusher in the state, finished with 171 yards on 23 carries, but 112 of those came on four runs with two runs for 69 total yards coming against Dacula’s second team.
Dacula’s defense entered the postseason giving up less than 100 yards per game on the ground.
Glynn, who prides itself in running the ball, rushed for 228 yards against Tucker while throwing only one pass which went for a 13-yard touchdown.
Dacula head coach Clint Jenkins was not allowed on the sidelines last week as he was suspended due to his ejection from the team’s final regular-season game. He will be back on the field this week. Jenkins is in his second season as head coach of the Falcons. He led them to the semifinals last season when they lost 14-7 to Northside Warner Robins. Jenkins had been Dacula’s defensive coordinator for seven seasons before getting the job following the departure of the former head coach for a different position.
Just last week, Dacula won an appeal to the Georgia High School Association to stay in Class AAAAAA after its enrollment numbers had bumped the school into Class AAAAAAA. The GHSA released all the region assignments for its member schools last week.
Glynn remained in Class AAAAAA for the next two years as well.