Glynn Academy shook off the rust in a big way Friday night in Jesup.
Playing in their first game in four weeks because of Hurricane Irma and a bye week, the Red Terrors jumped out to a big lead in the first half and survived some miscues in the second half to defeat Wayne County 38-27.
The night got off to a good start for Glynn on their opening drive. Quarterback Randon Jernigan kept the ball on a fourth-and-4 play from the Wayne 46 and sprinted to the end zone to put the Terrors up 7-0.
The Yellow Jackets followed by fumbling on their first offensive play of the game. Glynn’s EJ Thomas recovered the fumble and three plays later, Hunter Hall drove in from the 1-yard line to make it 14-0 Terrors.
Glynn continued to pile up the points in the first quarter. After the defense held Wayne to a three-and-out, Caine Crews capped off a 54-yard, two-play drive with a 5-yard score to increase the Terrors’ advantage to 21.
The lead kept expanding in the second quarter. Jernigan connected with Crews on a long pass to get into the red zone. Jernigan did the rest with a 16-yard touchdown run to balloon the lead to 28-0 just a few minutes into the second quarter.
Wayne showed signs of life on the kickoff, returning the ball deep into Glynn territory. A touchdown pass put the No. 8 team in Class 5A on the board at 28-7.
The teams would exchange turnovers in the quarter, but Glynn would put more points up just before the end of the half with a 25-yard field goal by Jack Podlesney to give the Terrors a 31-7 lead at the break.
The Jackets sprang to life in the third quarter, scoring on their first drives — including a 63-yard touchdown pass — to cut Glynn’s lead to 10.
Wayne recovered an onside kick after its second score, but the Glynn defense held with a three-and-out.
Still trailing by 10 with less than six minutes to play in the game, Wayne went for it on fourth down in its own territory but couldn’t get the line to gain.
A few plays later, Jernigan scampered into the end zone from 20 yards out to secure the win.
Wayne would add a touchdown late in the fourth quarter, but couldn’t get any closer.
The win makes Glynn 2-2 for the season heading into Region 2-6A play next week at Effingham County.