Glynn routs Effingham

The Glynn Academy defense celebrates David Murray’s interception return for a touchdown Friday against Effingham County in Springfield.

Provided photo/Gena Churchwell

SPRINGFIELD — Glynn Academy piled up 501 yards, 363 on the ground, and ran past Effingham County 48-27 Friday night at Rebel Field.

It was the Region 2-6A opener for both teams.

Glynn (3-2, 1-0) pulled away by scoring touchdowns on five straight possessions in the second half.

“I don’t know if we wore down,” Rebels coach Buddy Holder said. “Glynn’s pretty good.”

Running back Toot Johnson returned to the ECHS lineup and ran for 174 yards, including a 69-yard score in the third quarter which trimmed the Red Terrors lead to 14-10.

But that’s when Glynn’s option running attack took over. The Red Terrors scored on runs by Hunter Hall and Crews and a Randon Jernigan TD pass to DeOndre McNeal boosted the lead to 34-10 heading into the fourth quarter.

Jernigan, the quarterback, ran for 103 yards and a touchdown and threw a TD pass.

Crews had 84 rushing yards and two scores and slotback Nolan Grant had 92 yards on eight carries.

Glynn suffered two interceptions (both by Edwin Scroggins) and continually took steps in reverse with seven penalties, but still grabbed a 14-3 halftime advantage.

The Terrors, who averaged nine yards a play during the half, overcame four penalties on their first scoring drive — once coming back from a first-and-29 — to go 12 plays, 89 yards for a touchdown.

Crews powered in from the 2 to make it 7-0.

Fifty-nine seconds later, linebacker David Murray returned an interception 15 yards for Glynn’s second score and a 14-0 lead.

The Rebels (3-4, 0-1) cut into the lead on the next possession. A 33-yard reception by DeMario Gant and a 24-yard run by Johnson moved the hosts to the 12.

Four plays later, Zach Thomas booted a 25-yard field goal and it was 14-3.

Johnson long run capped an 80-yard ECHS scoring drive on the opening possession of the second half to make it 14-10 and the Rebels appeared ready to make amends for a 48-0 loss to the Red Terrors last season.

But Glynn’s running game took over and the three touchdowns in a nine and a half minute span of the third quarter sealed the win.