Scrimmages are designed to give teams a taste of game situations before the regular season begins, and both Glynn Academy and McIntosh County Academy showed signs of rust.
Class 6A Glynn Academy outscored 1A McIntosh 62-12 in four quarters. Scoreboard operators reset the scoreboard after the end of the third quarter, when mostly junior varsity players took over. Glynn Academy outscored McIntosh 35-0 in the final quarter.
Red Terrors head coach Rocky Hidalgo said, at times, his team looked like one that was returning six starters.
“We’re a young, inexperienced football team, but we’re a talented team,” Hidalgo said. “We talked about going to work on Monday and prepare the way we expect to prepare.”
Though McIntosh was the smaller program, Toomer didn’t accept that excuse for what he deemed was a lack of energy early on for the Buccaneers.
“What I take away is how we started as a team, and we started out slow and methodical,” Toomer said.
Senior quarterback Randon Jernigan did not play in the scrimmage and Hidalgo did not comment regarding whether he would be ready for Friday’s first game against Benedictine. Sam Wagner started the opening drive at quarterback. Hidalgo also held out running back Tyler Grant, who he hopes will be available in the coming weeks as he nears the end of his revovery from an ACL tear.
After the fumbled pitch foiled Glynn Academy’s first drive, Nolan Grant opened up the scoring in the game when he sprinted toward daylight for a 52-yard touchdown.
Glynn Academy’s ball security issues came up again on its following drive, this time costing the Red Terrors points. Glynn Academy quarterback Anthony Mountain fumbled a pitch in the end zone that was recovered by McIntosh’s Danny Carter in the endzone to put the Bucs on the scoreboard.
The McIntosh defense produced the Buccaneers’ only points in the first half. The offense struggled to stay on the field with a sustained drive, while Glynn Academy continued to run efficiently.
The Terrors scored their second touchdown with just more than eight minutes remaining in the half on a sweep play from Quantavious Bostic from the 23-yard line.
The Buccaneers went three-and-out on their ensuing drive, with Glynn Academy utilizing a short field to chalk up another first-half touchdown. Inside the 20-yard line, Hunter Hall ran the ball three times and scored from three yards away to give the Terrors a 20-6 lead.
Glynn added one more touchdown late in the half. With roughly 17 seconds remaining, Wagner slipped past the Buccaneer defense at his own 30-yard line and rushed 70 yards to paydirt.
Glynn Academy led McIntosh 27-6 at the half. Caine Crews led the Red Terror rushing attack with 83 yards. Hall had 22 yards, and Nolan Grant had 55 yards.
The Terrors held McIntosh to 63 yards in the first half. Defensively, Hidalgo said the Red Terrors’ secondary seemed comfortable during the game, and the scrimmage was valuable for his young front seven. He said the Terrors also held out two offensive linemen and two defensive linemen with injuries.
“We’ve got some young kids up front that have to play,” Hidalgo said.
In the third quarter, Toomer said McIntosh’s intensity increase after some halftime adjustments. The Bucs forced Glynn Academy to go three-and-out on the opening drive of the half before finding some offensive rhythm.
McIntosh’s first offensive drive of the second half was kept alive by a handful of big plays. McIntosh faced second-and-long deep in their own territory after an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. Denver Anthony completed a 48-yard pass to JP Palmer on the following play, ran for 11 yards and handed off to Don Grant for 10 more yards to set up the Buccaneers inside the Red Terrors’ 10-yard line.
On fourth down from the 8-yard line, Anthony delivered a strike to Palmer in the back of the endzone. Anthony threaded the small window, and Palmer made a leaping catch and stayed in bounds for the Bucs’ first offensive touchdown. For Toomer, that play was a glimpse at the tandem’s potential.
“I can honestly say he is improving every day,” Toomer said of Anthony. “When he put a ball in such a tight window like that, it shows you what kid of talent that kid has. As a young player, he has to work on being consistent, day-in and day-out.”
At the end of the third quarter, both teams fielded their junior varsity squads. McIntosh fumbled on back-to-back drives, including a scoop-and-score for Glynn Academy.
“Our young kids at the end looked very impressive,” Hidalgo said.
To open the regular season, Glynn Academy will host Benedictine at Glynn County Stadium, while McIntosh goes on the road to Brantley County.