Glynn Academy’s head football coach Rocky Hidalgo doesn’t worry about the opposing team’s won-lost record.
That holds true even in the playoffs, where the teams endured the rigors of region play to qualify for postseason play.
The Red Terrors (7-3) will host an Evans High School team with seven losses but a 3-2 record in their region to qualify for the Class 6A playoffs tonight. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. at Glynn County Stadium.
“My expectation is to play hard and win the game,” Hidalgo said.
Despite the team’s three losses, it’s unlikely the Terrors are flying under the radar after winning three consecutive Region 2-6A region titles and making it all the way to the state championship semifinal game last season as a three-loss team going into the playoffs. The Terrors lost that game 42-38 to eventual state champion Lee County.
“It’s like playing with house money in the playoffs,” he said.
Home-field advantage will help with the team’s season on the line, he said.
“It’s important. There are not a lot of easy road trips,” he said.
Hidalgo said he expects his players to compete at a high level tonight in the team’s most important game of the season.
“I think they take their cues from us,” he said. “I like competing. I like playing for something.”
The team continues to improve as the season has progressed but Hidalgo said there is still room for improvement. And the team will have to continue to play its best football of the season to reach the goal of playing in a state championship game.
“I don’t worry about the other team,” he said. “All we can control is us.”