By Kevin Price
For GCS Athletics
The Glynn Academy Red Terrors got the job done Friday night as they blanked the Statesboro Blue Devils 28-0 on their own field in the regular-season finale for both teams.
And with the shutout-victory at Womack Field, the Terrors can claim a region championship and will be the No. 1 seed from Region 2 for the Class AAAAAA state playoffs which begin next week.
Glynn, which finishes the regular schedule 7-3 overall and 6-1 in the league, ends the year tied for first in the region standings with last year’s champion Richmond Hill and rival Brunswick. All three teams defeated each other in their games during the season with the Terrors beating the Wildcats, the Wildcats knocking off the Pirates and the Pirates defeating the Terrors in the annual City Championship game to kick off the region schedule.
Thus, the predetermined tiebreaker voted on by the region coaches to break a deadlock such as this and set the seedings for the playoffs is points allowed in games played between the teams involved in the tie. Glynn wins that tiebreaker because the Terrors, who defeated Richmond Hill 7-5 two weeks ago, allowed the least amount of combined points in their games against the Pirates and Wildcats.
Glynn will play at home next week in the first round and is also guaranteed at least one more home game in the second round if it wins its playoff opener.
Richmond Hill gets the No. 2 seed and a first-round home game as well because the Wildcats defeated the Pirates when the teams met head-to-head. Brunswick is forced to settle for the No. 3 seed and will have to go on the road in the first round.
Friday’s shutout of the Blue Devils was the second this season for the Terrors would also blew out Effingham 38-0 at home in the fourth region game. Glynn’s defense has not given up an offensive touchdown since defeating Bradwell Institute 41-14 in the Terrors’ second region game. The Tigers scored on a fake punt and also generated a touchdown with his offensive team in the lopsided loss to the Terrors at Glynn County Stadium.
Glynn surrendered just a field goal to South Efffingham in its third region game before blanking Effingham and then gave up a safety and a field goal in the first half two weeks ago against Richmond Hill at home.
The Terrors have not allowed a single point in their last six quarters of action.
“Yeah, we played pretty well,” said GA coach Rocky Hidalgo when asked about Friday’s defensive effort against Statesboro.
That’s a good thing because Glynn wasn’t so great in other facets of the game. Statesboro recovered an onside kick to start the game. Glynn lost the ball on a punt return and another turnover in the opening half and also fumbled a punt in the second half.
“It was kind of ugly,” Hidalgo said. “We were a little sluggish getting off the bus, but the kids played hard, went out and did what they had to do.”
The Terrors held the Blue Devils on fourth down inside their 5-yard line after Statesboro recovered the opening kick.
Statesboro was inside Glynn’s 20 three other times in the game but did not score any points. Statesboro head coach Jeff Kaiser, who played for the Blue Devils in high school before going on to play at Georgia, told local reporters the Terrors “hunkered down” when they got close to the GA end zone.
Kaiser also said the Statesboro offensive front “got physically whipped” by the Terrors. Glynn gave up 127 yards for the game.
Meantime, the Terrors gained 400 yards of offense themselves with the usual suspects making plays for the Terrors who also were up to their usual tricks in this game, too.
Glynn pulled off a fake punt after stopping Statesboro’s opening drive. The Terrors faked a kick from their own 30 with Kannum Warren taking a direct snap and running 25 yards for a first down. On Glynn’s next snap, quarterback TJ Lewis threw a lateral to Jayden Drayton who threw a pass back to a wide-open Lewis who ran in for a 51-yard score with just over five minutes left in the first quarter.
The Terrors went ahead 14-0 early in the second stanza when Lewis kept for 34 yards and a touchdown. That would be the score at halftime.
Glynn opened up 21-0 cushion with just over a minute to play in the third quarter with another one of its trick plays. Lewis gave the ball to Nevarious Williams on a reverse and Williams would give the ball off to D’marion Hayes who would throw a pass to an open Lewis for a 36-yard gain inside the Statesboro 10.
That would lead to another rushing score by Lewis, this one from 4 yards out for his third TD of the game.
The final score of the night for Glynn came with just 1:46 left to go when senior running back Caden Hutchinson crossed the goal stripe from 2 yards away to make it 28-0 following the point-after kick.
Lewis finished the game with 133 yards rushing, 141 passing and 88 receiving.
Statesboro, which is 4-5 and 3-3, will be the region’s No. 4 seed for the state playoffs.
Friday’s game was scheduled for 7:30 p.m. but was delayed until 8 p.m. because Glynn did not arrive at the stadium until 6:50. The Terrors got stuck in traffic on the interstate following a vehicle accident that had traffic stalled for miles.