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: Jones made the play of the game last Friday, catching a tipped pass for a 75-yard touchdown in the closing seconds that gave the Pirates their dramatic 24-21 win over rival Glynn
Academy in the annual City Championship Game.
Coach’s comment: ‘’He stayed with it,” said BHS coach Sean Pender of the pass. “He’s an athletic kid, made a move and he was gone.”
His game: He continued a solid season on Brunswick’ defense as he was involved in 10 total tackles including a key stop on Glynn’s drive when the Terrors did ultimately throw their 35-yard touchdown pass to take their first lead before the Pirates won the game moments later with their long throw.
Coach’s comment: ‘’Zane continues to play well for us and continues to be a leader for us on the defensive side of the football,” Pender noted.
His game: In addition to running the ball with authority for the Terrors, Hutchinson made an unbelievable catch for Glynn’s go-ahead touchdown in the final minute on the double-reverse flea-flicker play called by the Terrors coming out of a timeout on third down from the BHS 35-yard line. Hutchinson caught the pass from quarterback TJ Lewis while being well-guarded by a Brunswick defender as he dove toward the goal line and came down with the ball just inside the right pylon to score the touchdown.
Coach’s comment: “He played his best game,” said GA coach Rocky Hidalgo. “He ran the ball hard, and of course, made a heckuva catch on that touchdown pass.”
His game: Clinch played well on Glynn’s defensive front in the loss to the Pirates, making several tackles for loss and continuously presenting problems for the BHS offense in trying to keep him blocked.
Coach’s comment: “He had three tackles for loss and was just a disruptive force in the middle of the defensive line,” Hidalgo said.
A look at the Pirates’ next game:
When: 7:30 p.m. today at South Effingham
Radio: 107.7 FM
Records: BHS-3-2, 1-0 Region 2-AAAAAA; SEHS 0-5; 0-1 Region 2-AAAAAA
Last year/All-time: Did not play; BHS leads the overall series 5-1
Fun Fact: The current South Effingham principal is Dr. Torian White, who took over in 2019. He is the first principal of South Effingham who is also a graduate of the school, graduating in the class of 1999.
The Skinny: The Pirates are heavy favorites in this one against a struggling South Effingham team still looking for its first victory of the 2020 season. But, the $1 million question is will the Pirates still be thinking about last week’s victory over rival Glynn Academy when they kick off against the Mustangs tonight?
Brunswick routed the Mustangs 44-13 back in 2017 at home in coach Sean Pender’s first season with the BHS program, getting 271 yards passing, 109 rushing and 5 total touchdowns from senior quarterback Jamarius Stevens in the blowout win.
That game was a non-region contest, but this one counts in the region standings. The Mustangs moved into Class AAAAAA this season after competing in 5A last year when they were 6-5 and made the playoffs in their first season under Nathan Clark, the former offensive coordinator at powerful Lee County.
The early portion of 2020 has been a struggle for this rebuilding Mustangs squad which has scored only 27 points in five games while allowing 119 to its opponents. Last Friday, they lost their region opener to rival Effingham 10-0. The victory was just the second this season in five games for the Rebels against a fairly soft early schedule.
Look for the Pirates to stick with their running game against a Mustangs defense coordinated by former Savannah Christian head coach Donald Chumley whose first South Effingham defense resembles something former college coordinator Joe Lee Dunn might have put on the field back in the day. The Mustangs are using unorthodox schemes designed to confuse a more physically-gifted offense, so it will be important for the Pirates to stick to the plan and the adjustments they have made in practice this week.
South Effingham is averaging just under 95 rushing yards per game and exactly 35 yards a game through the air thus far this season. According to a game report, the Mustangs lost senior quarterback Alex Cela to an injury during last week’ game against Effingham.
A look at the Terrors’ next game:
When: 7:30 p.m. today at home vs. Bradwell Institute
Radio: 102.5 FM
Records: GA 2-3, 0-1 Region 2-AAAAAA; BI 0-2; 0-1 Region 2-AAAAAA
Last year/All-time: GA won 44-14; GA leads all-time series 23-19
Fun Fact: Former Bradwell quarterback Raymond Gross stayed close to home to play college football, becoming a star for Georgia Southern in the Eagles’ triple-option offense. Gross led the Eagles to back-to-back NCAA Divison I-AA national championships in the 1989 and 1990 seasons. Gross got into coaching following his playing career and is now head coach at Holmes (Miss.) Community College.
The Skinny: The Red Terrors will try to bounce back from their tough loss last week to the Pirates at Glynn County Stadium with a victory over Bradwell on their home field seven nights later.
Glynn has not had to play a game after losing to the Pirates under coach Rocky Hidalgo as they had won all six games in the rivalry with Brunswick since Coach Rock took over the GA program in time for the 2014 season.
The last time a Glynn team did fall to BHS was the 2013 season. That year, the Terrors lost their next game two weeks later at home against a ranked Wayne County team as part of a four-game losing streak following a victory over McIntosh County Academy in the season opener.
The last time Glynn lost to Brunwick and won its next game was 2012 when the Terrors were nipped 28-26 by the Pirates but bounced back two weeks later following an open date to knock off Wayne 16-10 in Jesup.
Bradwell certainly hasn’t played nearly the football that Glynn has played to this point. Both Liberty County high schools – Bradwell and Liberty County – shut down their football operations due to Covid-19 concerns within their school systems for several weeks and did not play games until Sept. 25 when the two Hinesville schools played each other in back-to-back weeks.
The Panthers won a weather-shortened first game 10-6, but according to MaxPreps, the schools agreed to record that meeting at Bradwell’s Olvey Field as a no-contest. Two weeks ago, Liberty also prevailed on the scoreboard, winning 30-20 as the team’s played an official contest this time at Liberty.
Last Friday, Bradwell jumped into the region schedule against defending champion Richmond Hill and was overwhelmed by the Wildcats in a 42-7 loss. Now, they will hit the highway to face off with Glynn here in Brunswick for a second straight season.
Glynn plans to go ahead and honor its seniors during a pregame ceremony, a traditon typically reserved for the final home game of the season. But many schools in the state are doing this earlier in the current Covid-19 environment. The Terrors also have home games on Oct. 30 and Nov. 6 remaining on the schedule.
It would take someone fairly well-versed in GA football history to know the last time Glynn lost to Bradwell on the gridiron. That would be back on Aug. 28, 2009, when the Tigers defeated the Terrors 27-20 in the opening game of the season at GC Stadium. Glynn dropped its first three games that year before defeating Liberty County 24-21 to get one in the win column. Glynn finished 5-6 that season and lost 27-21 at Richmond Academy in the first round of the Class AAAA state playoffs.