By Kevin Price
For GCS Athletics
Glynn Academy was showered with two major individual awards while both the Glynn and Brunswick High football teams were well-represented when the All-Region 2-AAAAAA honors were announced Tuesday by the region.
Glynn head coach Rocky Hidalgo was named the Region Coach of the Year after guiding the Red Terrors to a fifth region championship in seven seasons while GA senior quarterback TJ Lewis was named the Region Player of the Year. He committed to Louisville prior to the season after entertaining offers from several major colleges.
The superlative award winners and the All-Region teams were voted on by the head coaches from the seven schools that make up the region. All of the individual winners as well as the region first- and second-teams can be found below.
The Terrors and Pirates both finished 8-4 this season and reached the second round of the Class AAAAAA state playoffs before being eliminated this past Friday night. The local squads finished in a three-way tie for first in the region standings with Richmond Hill as all three teams lost one league game each with Brunswick defeating Glynn which defeated Richmond Hill which toppled the Pirates.
Glynn was awarded the region’s top seed for the playoffs through a tiebreaker procedure, Richmond Hill then got the second seed due to its head-to-head win over BHS which settled for the third seed.
Several GA players made the first-team offense and defense. Those were senior tight end Ryan Seay, senior linebacker Miles Smith, junior defensive lineman D’Marius and sophomore defensive back Jayden Drayton.
Several Brunswick players also made the first-teams including junior running back Ree Simmons, senior wide receiver Tyrease Jones, senior offensive lineman Caleb Cook, junior offensive lineman Kanaya Charlton, senior linebacker Zane Rosenbaum and senior defensive back Amarion Whitfield.
Also for the Terrors, three players made the second-team offense and also the second-team defense. Those were senior running back Caden Hutchinson, senior offensive lineman Nick Muchison, junior athlete Na’Verious Williams, senior defensive lineman Gage Rood, senior linebacker Dayen Marat and senior defensive back D’Marion Hayes.
The Pirates placed three players on the second-team offense and an additional five on the second-team defense. The players named to the offense were senior quarterback KJ Lee, senior receiver Xavier Bean and senior lineman David Newbauer. Those named to the second-team defense were sophomore lineman Kashawn Thomas, senior lineman Kaleb Hampton, senior linebacker Cameron Crump, senior defensive back Devontae Gadson and junior punter Anthony Elvine.
Several other BHS and GA players were named for honorable-mention recognition . Those players are included in the complete team listing below.