Terrors run past 'Hounds
By BUDDY HUGHES The Brunswick News
Glynn Academy's first home playoff game in seven years had a happier ending for the Red Terrors than the 2005 game thanks to running back Jonathan Alford and Glynn's defense.
Alford rushed for 186 yards and three touchdowns, and the defense helped seal the win with a fourth-quarter safety as the Terrors, the No. 2 seed out of Region 3-AAAAA, defeated Region 2-AAAAA No. 2 seed Jones County 26-14 on Friday at Glynn County Stadium.
"It's the coolest thing to be here at home and get a playoff win," said senior right tackle Roby Jernigan said. "Hopefully, we're going to be able to get another next week -- one step to five more steps."
The last time Glynn played at home in the playoffs the Terrors fell 24-6 to Union Grove in head coach Rob Ridings' second year at the helm. The win over the Greyhounds is Ridings' second playoff victory at Glynn. The first came in 2010 at Lovejoy.
The Terrors travel to face Region 4-AAAAA No. 1 seed Whitewater in the second round after Whitewater routed Lee County 49-7 on Friday.
"To play in front of a home crowd and get a playoff win was huge," Ridings said. "Now we have to go on the road and play a No. 1 seed out of another region. It's going to be tough, but I like our chances."
Glynn (8-3) grabbed the lead on its first possession as Alford capped a 12-play, 71-yard drive with a 6-yard touchdown run with 5 minutes, 26 seconds left in the first quarter. The Terrors had a chance to add more points in the second quarter, but penalties killed two promising drives.
Jones took advantage of mistakes as quarterback Alex Knight connected with JoJo Gibbons on a wheel route for a 23-yard touchdown to tie the game with 18 seconds left in the first half.
"I think it was frustration more than anything else," Ridings said. "We had opportunities and kind of self-destructed. What I told our kids at half is, 'We're in this thing. We've just got to settle down and quit making mistakes.' I think we did that very well in the second half."
After a field goal from Ashton Wilson made it 10-7 Glynn, Alford took over on the next drive. He carried the ball seven times on the 9-play drive for 64 yards, including a 3-yard touchdown that put Glynn ahead 17-7 with 10:24 to play in the game.
"People are going to key on No. 1," Ridings said. "He's our chow hound, we're going to put the ball in his hands. Give (Jones) credit -- they played hard and gave us some things defensively we hadn't seen in the three films we watched. We had to make some adjustments."
The drive was set up when Andrew McClendon picked off a Greyhound pass on a trick play.
Jones (7-4) quickly cut the lead back to three. A long pass by Landon Vaughn set up the Greyhounds at the Glynn 20. Two plays later, Walker Juhan scored from 20 yards out to make it 17-14 with 8:10 to play.
A stop gave the ball back to Jones, but punter Matthew Delaney pinned the Greyhounds at their own 7-yard line. A fumble and penalty backed Jones up to the 2-yard line.
On the next play, Glynn's Adrien Cross chased down Knight in the end zone for a safety with 4 minutes left to play.
After the free kick, Alford went 55 yards to the house to ice the game.
"They were coming off the ball hard the whole entire game," Jernigan said. "They came out real fired up in the first quarter. They were excited to be here for a playoff game. In the end, we just kept bearing down on them and ended up breaking a few."
Glynn quarterback Preston Delaney finished 7 of 10 for 116 yards while Knight was 10 of 15 for 186 with one touchdown and one interception for Jones. Juhan led the Greyhounds in rushing with 81 yards on 19 carries and one score.