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Caden Hutchinson

Coming off a bye week, the Glynn Academy football team is ready to open region play at 7:30 p.m. tonight against Richmond Hill in Glynn County Stadium.

Red Terrors head football coach Rocky Hidalgo took advantage of the time off to attend last Friday’s region game when Brunswick High hosted Richmond Hill. He watched the crosstown rival Pirates lose convincing to the Wildcats in the first Region 2-6A game of the season.

Hidalgo said he was focused on what Richmond Hill (3-3, 1-0) was doing on both sides of the ball last week, since the Wildcats were his team’s next opponent.

He will focus on the rivalry game against Brunswick next week.

Hidalgo’s team (3-3) faces the challenge of slowing down the Wildcats’ running game tonight, which gained 250 yards last week against Brunswick.

“I think Richmond Hill has a good football team,” he said.

Hurricane Michael disrupted the team’s normal practice routine this week. Hidalgo said the team practiced Wednesday but the uncertainty of how the storm would impact Southeast Georgia compelled him to cancel Thursday’s practice for safety reasons. He didn’t want players trying to get to practice in inclement weather.

As for the potential impact of missing a practice before an important rivalry game, it’s uncertain how the players will respond when they play tonight.

“It may not affect us at all,” Hidalgo said of the team’s changed practice schedule.

The team will have a walkthrough practice today before the 7:30 p.m. kickoff.

The start of region play is like the beginning of a new season that should give players extra motivation.

“They should get excited,” Hidalgo said. “We have to come out and play.”

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