By Kevin Price
For GCS Athletics
Dacula, Ga. – The 2019 season ended here riday night for the Glynn Academy football team that couldn’t match the prowess of top-ranked Dacula which posted a 42-20 victory over the Red Terrors in the second round of the Class AAAAAA state playoffs.
The Terrors were within 7-6 early after two turnovers by the Falcons led to two GA field goals. But once the Falcons (12-0) got rolling, Glynn couldn’t stop them.
Dacula scored touchdowns on four straight possessions in the second and third quarters to open up a 35-6 lead late in the third period. Glynn (6-5) scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns against the Falcons’ back-up players while Dacula also scored once more to make for the final tally.
The Falcons, who have tied a school-record for most wins in a season, opened the game with a touchdown drive to jump ahead 7-0.
But the next two times they had the ball, the Falcons lost fumbles deep in their territory. Their defense would not let Glynn into the end zone, however, forcing the Terrors to settle for two Chase Gabriel field goals.
The first fumble occurred at the Dacula 3-yard line, but the home team’s stop-em gang produced three straight negative plays by the Terrors. The Falcons coughed up the ball on another fumble on their next possession at their own 22, but again the Dacula defense forced Glynn to settle for a Gabriel kick.
The Glynn defense forced a Dacula punt right after that with a sack at the Falcon 12, but a 56-yard punt actually turned the game in the home team’s favor. The Falcons would stop Glynn and then score twice in the final 2:20 of the opening half to head into intermission up 21-6.
GA had only 59 total yards in the first half with 60 yards in penalties.
The Dacula surge continued in the third stanza as the Falcons drove for touchdowns on their first two possessions after halftime to break open the contest.
The Terrors scored on a 1-yard run by junior quarterback TJ Lewis in the fourth quarter following a 77-yard run by senior running back Nolan Grant who finished with 114 yards on 13 carries. Glynn also scored on a 74-yard pass from Lewis to junior running back Caden Hutchinson.
Dacula’s final touchdown took place between the two GA scores.
For the game, the Falcons totaled 428 yards including 238 rushing and 190 passing. Glynn ended up with 171 yards rushing and 110 passing for 281 total yards.
Lewis carried 18 times for the Terrors and finished with 57 yards. He was 3-for-4 passing for 86 yards.
The Terrors did not have any turnovers, but they were penalized nine times for 94 yards. Dacula was flagged six times for 48 yards.
Trenton Jones carried 18 times for 106 yards and a touchdown for Dacula while Kaleb Edwards added 89 yards on 10 carries. Jarrett Jenkins was 8-for-12 through the air for 190 yards and two touchdowns. Both touchdowns throws were to Konata Mumpfield, covering 9 and 7 yards. Mumpfield finished with five receptions for 78 yards.
Dacula will play at Lee County next Friday in the quarterfinals.
Glynn defeated Tucker 31-7 at home last week in the first round for their sixth straight opening-round win under Rocky Hidalgo who became the team’s coach in 2014. The Terrors advanced to the quarterfinals or beyond in each of Hidalgo’s first four seasons but lost in the second last year and again this season.