Brunswick High vs. Glynn Academy — nothing else should need to be said as to why Glynn County Stadium is the place to be Friday night for the City Championship. But we live in an age where we have access to so many entertainment options that a football game may not register on the radar of some people.
Why go to a game when you can stay in and watch a Friday college football matchup or maybe binge on some shows on Netflix or Hulu?
If you’re still on the fence about seeing a great rivalry clash in person, let me pitch you on why every seat should be filled between the bricks Friday.
HALFWAY TO A TITLE
The City Championship always matters, but the stakes are amplified when Brunswick and Glynn play in the same region. Victory or defeat could be the difference between winning the Region 2-6A title or settling for a lower seed come playoff time.
The Pirates and Terrors made easy work of their opponents in their first region games last week. Despite a lull in the third quarter, Brunswick crushed previously undefeated Bradwell Institute 64-21 while Glynn went on the road and scored 48 points in the final three quarters to soundly defeat Effingham County.
The Pirates and Terrors have region games to play after Friday, but the winner of Friday’s game controls their own destiny going forward. There is still an undefeated Richmond Hill waiting in the wings for both schools, but the Wildcats’ 5-0 record has been built mostly on wins against struggling lower-tier competition.
If Brunswick or Glynn were to win a region title, it would be historic.
A region title for the Pirates would be their first since 2009, when they shared the region crown with Ware County. The 2010 squad played for a region title in a split region against Statesboro, but lost.
A region title for the Terrors would be the first time the school has repeated as region champions since the 1960s, according to Georgia High School Football Historians Association.
To put it simply, the region title could be decided Friday and missing the game could mean missing a piece of local history. And who wouldn’t want to watch history happen in person?
If history isn’t enough to lure you to the stadium, how about community pride?
The latest Georgia Sports Writers Association poll has both Brunswick High and Glynn Academy on the outside of the Top 10 teams in Class 6A. Regions 1 and 5 are well-represented with three teams each while the remain four spots are spread out between Regions 4, 6 and 8.
I don’t think the rest of the state knows yet just how good both teams can be. Some of that can be attributed to missed games from Hurricane Irma. Brunswick missed out on a game against a ranked Wayne County team that could have given the Pirates some added caché.
Glynn missed nearly a month because of the hurricane and where its bye week was built into the schedule. The Terrors had to sit with a 1-2 record for four weeks with two losses against unbeaten teams (Benedictine and Tift County). Since their return to the gridiron, the Terrors have been firing on all cylinders with wins over Wayne and Effingham.
I believe the Pirates and Terrors are both worthy of the top 10. It’s why I included both teams in my vote this week. But a win Friday in front of a packed house could propel the victor into a more prominent place in the Class 6A discussion.
We can talk about history and putting Glynn County on the map, but the best reason to go is pretty simple — it’s going to be a great game. I fully expect the City Championship to be without a doubt the best game in Region 2-6A this season and a lot of that is because of the stylistic differences between the teams.
Brunswick brings in an aerial attack triggered by senior quarterback Jamarius Stevens and featuring wide receivers like Alonso Brown, DJ Whitfield and Jaylin Jackson who are capable of making a big play on any catch they make. The Pirates will clash with an opportunistic Glynn defense led by David Murray, Marvin Dallas and more ballhawks looking to flip turnovers into points.
Offensively, the Terrors have a Cerberus-style rushing attack led by Caine Crews, Hunter Hall and quarterback Randon Jernigan. That smash-mouth style will run up against a Brunswick defense that likes to bring the wood with Sharrod Frazier, George Mincey, Sean Ward and Tevin Small leading the way.
With the talent on both sides of the ball, Friday night has the potential to be the best matchup in the series. I’d be stunned if Friday’s game didn’t come down to who has the ball last.
If none of that appeals to you, then by all means stay at home Friday night. But if you want to know where everybody else is, we’ll be at Glynn County Stadium.