By Kevin Price
For GCS Athletics
Each week during the 2020 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: Leggett played in the BHS secondary as a backup Friday in the season-opening loss at Pierce County. He intercepted two passes by the Bears.
Coach’s comment: “He came off the bench Friday night and played well for us,” said BHS coach Sean Pender.
His game: Elvine punted five times in the game and averaged 45 yards a kick for the night. He pinned the Bears inside their own 1-yard line on his first punt which led to a safety for the Pirates and a early 2-0 lead.
Coach’s comment: “That first punt was great. He did an excellent job in his varsity debut,” Pender said.
His game: Lewis ran for a touchdown and threw for another while helping the Red Terrors to a 33-7 victory over McIntosh County Academy at home to open the season. Lewis committed to Louisville this summer.
Coach’s comment: “TJ played really well,” said GA head coach Rocky Hidalgo. “When you watch him play, he looks like a Power 5 quarterback. He was physical running the ball, and TJ has become really adept at throwing the ball.”
His game: Joseph played a solid game at his safety position in the Glynn secondary.
Coach’s comment: “I thought he played really well,” Hidalgo said. “He played some back there for us last year, so he’s done it before. Some of our other guys are still learning.”
A look at the Pirates’ next game:
Oponent: McIntosh County Academy
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday at Glynn County Stadium
Radio: 107.7 FM
Records: BHS 0-1, 0-0 Region 2-AAAAAA; MCA 0-1, 0-0 Region 3-A
Last year/All-time: BHS won 34-0; BHS leads 4-0 in the overall series.
The Skinny: The Pirates will play at home for the first time in 2020 after falling 31-10 last week against Pierce County in the season opener for both teams.
McIntosh played at Glynn County Stadium last week against Glynn Academy and fell 33-7.
Brunswick, which trailed 10-2 last week at halftime, will play the Buccaneers without starting junior running back Chuckobe Hill who is sidelined indefinitely after sustaining a possible serious knee injury on Brunswick’s second offensive series last week which forced him to the bench. Hill had 59 yards on six carries when he left the game. He ran for 1,000-plus yards a year ago.
The Pirates gave up 21 second-half points last week and 358 yards for the game.
MCA trailed Glynn 14-0 at halftime last week. The Bucs operate from the Wing-T and specialize in running the ball. Their top running back is senior Trent Johnson who rushed for more than 1,000 yards last season. He carried 16 times for 75 yards Friday against the Red Terrors.
The Bucs had three passes intercepted last week including one that set up a short touchdown run for Glynn and another on the last play of the game which Glynn returned for its final score.=
Bradley Warren is in his second stint as head coach of the Bucs. He coached previously at MCA from 1999-2001 and took the team to the Class A semifinals in the 2000 season. Warren guided a rebuilding Bucs team to a 5-6 record last year and a first-round playoff game in his first year back on campus.
A look at the Terrors’ next game:
Opponent: Camden County
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday at Chris Gilman Stadium in Kingsland
Radio: 102.5 FM
Records: GA 1-0, 0-0 Region 2-AAAAAA; CC 0-1, 0-0 Region 1-AAAAAAA
Last year/All-time: Camden won 51-17; Camden leads the overall series 15-5
The Skinny: The Terrors last started a season 2-0 back in 2018 and will look to hand the Wildcats their first 0-2 start since the 2016 season.
That season, Camden actually started out 0-3 with Glynn beating the Wildcats 56-7 in the third game of the season.
The 2016 victory was the first for the Terrors over the Wildcats under head coach Rocky Hidalgo who took over the GA program prior to the 2014 season. Glynn also topped Camden 35-14 in 2017 with current head coach Bob Sphire in his first season with the Wildcats.
Sphire led Camden to victories over Glynn each of the last two years.
Camden lost its opening game last week at home, falling to defending Region 2-AAAAAA champion Richmond Hill by a 28-11 score. The Terrors won their opener over McIntosh at Glynn County Stadium.
Richmond Hill’s defense stymied a Camden offense which features a big offensive front led by University of Georgia commit Micah Morris. Camden played without its top two running backs including junior major-college prospect Jamie Felix. Senior wide receiver Shawn Hardy is also a major-college recruit and is currently committed to Nebraska.
Glynn got two defensive scores last week – a fumble return for a touchdown by senior linebacker Miles Smith and an interception return for a TD by freshman David Prince.
Hidalgo and Sphire also coached against each other in metro Atlanta when Hidalgo coached at Walton before coming to Glynn. Sphire was previously head coach at North Gwinett.