JESUP — Glynn Academy fell in a battle of two state-ranked teams on Friday, losing 29-14 to Wayne County in Jesup.
The Yellow Jackets (4-0), ranked No. 7 in Class 5A in the Georgia Sports Writer’s Association poll entering Friday night’s contest, dominated the game statistically, out-gaining the Red Terrors by 200 yards.
Led by a strong running game and a dominant offensive line, Wayne amassed 352 total yards and 17 first downs. Senior running back MJ Fuller spearheaded the Yellow Jacket ground game, finishing with 164 yards on 18 carries, including an 80-yard touchdown run to start the second half.
The Yellow Jackets were equally dominant on the defensive side, holding GA (2-2) to just 80 yards rushing and pressuring sophomore quarterback TJ Lewis for much of the second half.
After the game, Glynn head coach Rocky Hidlago placed the blame directly on the collective shoulders of his coaching staff, himself included.
“We’re not very well coached right now — that’s the problem,” he said, before crediting Wayne County coach Ken Cribb and the Yellow Jackets. “We made too many mistakes, we’ve got to do a better job coaching,”
The issues started early for Glynn, which gave up touchdowns on each of the Yellow Jackets first two drives. Wayne quarterback Shamar Taylor plowed in from 1-yard out for the first score and minutes later — following a GA fumble on the ensuing kickoff — found wideout Ashby Cobb for an 11-yard scoring pass across the middle.
The Red Terrors (ranked fourth in Class 6A) did show fight in the first half, scoring on their next drive in just three play. A 35-yard touchdown pass by Lewis to wideout Jaiden Miller cut the lead to 14-7.
Two drives later, Lewis punched it in from the 4-yard line to level the score at 14 apiece entering the half.
The second half was not as hotly contested, however. Fuller exploded for an 80-yard touchdown run on the Yellow Jackets opening play and added the 2-point conversion as well. The ensuing kickoff hit a Glynn up-back and was recovered by Wayne. Four plays later, Taylor capped the Jackets’ drive with a 1-yard run.
Once they were up by two scores, the Yellow Jackets relied on a ball-control running game to wind the clock down. Consistent pressure from the Wayne defense and an interception and a sack of Lewis on Glynn’s final two drive sealed the game.
“It’s a game we should have a chance to win, and we didn’t give ourselves a chance,” Hidalgo said. “I’m disappointed in myself. We’re going to fix our problems and get back to work.”
Glynn travels to Waycross next Friday to take on No. 8 ranked Ware County.