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Glynn Academy pounds Devils

    Statesboro head coach Steven Pennington singled out Glynn County quarterback Zach Lamper and his ability to make things happen leading up to Friday’s game. Unfortunately for the Devils, Pennington was spot on, as Lamper racked up 306 total yards in the offensive onslaught.

Box Score
SHS     0     7     7    2 — 16
GA     13    14    14    7 — 48

First Quarter

GA_Clark 16 pass from Lamper (kick failed), 6:37
GA_Rogers 12 pass from Lamper (Carroll kick), 3:22
Second Quarter
GA_Rogers 2 run (Carroll kick), 10:49
GA_Rogers 27 pass from Lamper (Carroll kick), 1:37
SHS_Osborne 42 pass from Kleinlein (Miller kick), 0:22
Third Quarter
GA_Cross 57 pass from Lamper (Carroll kick), 10:03
GA_Lamper 26 run (Carroll kick), 6:24
SHS_Osborne 13 pass from Kleinlein (Miller kick), 1:26
Fourth Quarter
GA_Anderson 1 run (Carroll kick), 8:50
SHS_safety, 2:17

    SHS    GA
First Downs    11    17
Total Yards    230    454
Rushes-Yards    29-134    36-216
Passing    96    238
Comp-Att-Int    8-21-0    15-23-0
Turnovers    0    0
Penalties-Yards    2-20    3-35

RUSHING_SHS, Williams 14-53. GA, Anderson 8-65
PASSING_SHS, Kleinlein 8-19-0-96. GA, Lamper 15-22-0-238
RECEIVING_SHS, Osborne 6-58. GA, Rogers 4-63

Three keys to Glynn Academy's victory over the Statesboro Blue Devils...
    Statesboro had been slowly improving its offense’s wishbone, power running scheme, but the Glynn Academy defensive line was having none of it. The big Red Terror front consistently moved the line of scrimmage backwards and stopped the SHS offense before it could get started.
    Statesboro has been young and thin in its defensive secondary throughout the season. That was a recipe for disaster Friday night as Glynn spread the field with four and five wide receiver sets. Lamper was efficient with his throws and kept the Devils guessing while big plays piled up.
    Tackling continues to be an issue for the Statesboro defense. On many occasions, a Glynn ball carrier or receiver was contacted close to the line of scrimmage, but got through a few tackles and gained precious yardage by the time the Devils could make the stop. all of their bases and routinely surrendered yardage.

BRUNSWICK - It seems all too fitting that terror ruled the night on Halloween.

The Glynn Academy Red Terrors scored on their first four possessions of the night and never looked back, cruising to a 48-16 victory over Statesboro Friday night at Glynn County Stadium.

Quarterback Zach Lamper passed for four touchdowns and ran for another for the Red Terrors (6-3, 4-2 Region 3-AAAAA) as five different Glynn players found the end zone.

"Not to sound repetitive, but we give credit where credit is due," SHS coach Steve Pennington said. "Glynn has a very good team. That said, there were just too many places where we didn't execute."

In all, Glynn scored touchdowns on six of its eight possessions in which the first string played, with a 22-second possession just before the second quarter expired accounting for one of the empty drives.

Statesboro (2-7, 2-5) had the Terrors stopped on three plays on the game's opening drive, but Glynn punter Seth Carroll ran for 14 yards on a fake to keep the drive alive. The Devils nearly held again, but a deflected pass was caught by Glynn's Deejay Dallas for a first down and the Terrors went on to complete the drive with a 16-yard touchdown toss from Lamper to Lashawn Clark.

"That was tough for us," Pennington said. "If we make just a few more plays, it would have helped us out mentally. When you're not going well, you need a good start to gain some confidence."

The Devils gained nothing on their first possession and punted away. Lamper then completed a shovel pass to Garrisson Hurd for 41 yards and a 12-yard toss to Troy Rogers made it a 13-0 ballgame.

Another three-and-out for the Devils led to another touchdown by the Terrors, this time coming on a run by Rogers from 2 yards out.

Late in the second quarter, another fortuitous bound helped Glynn wrap things up early.

Lamper looked deep for Rogers, but his throw was read by a Statesboro safety. Unfortunately for the Devils, a near interception turned into a tipped ball that fell into Rogers' waiting arms for a 27-yard touchdown strike.

The only real spark from the Devils' offense came on the ensuing drive. Statesboro advanced past midfield with a couple of solid gains. Austin Kleinlein dropped back to pass and fired deep down the middle. His throw came up short, but a deflection finally benefitted the Devils as Juhwan Osborne hauled in the tipped pass for a 42-yard touchdown.

Kleinlein and Osborne hooked up again - this time for a 13-yard score - in the third quarter, but it was too little, too late as the Terrors had already pulled away.

Statesboro had begun its second half with a quick punt back to the Terrors.

Lamper immediately made the Devils pay, launching a 57-yard touchdown pass to Adrian Cross on Glynn's first snap of the third quarter.

Lamper gave his arm a break and used his legs for a 26-yard touchdown scamper to make it 41-7 before Kleinlein's second scoring pass to Osborne.

"(Glynn) has a lot of talent," Pennington said. "They executed very well. They also did some things that we hadn't seen on tape that hurt us. That's what good teams can do to you."

For the first time since 1998, there will be no playoffs for the Blue Devils.

Next week, Statesboro will wrap up its season and celebrate its seniors' final home game with a date against Effingham County.

Mike Anthony may be reached at (912) 489-9408.