Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Glynn Recovers from the Terror of a Low Turnout

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Glynn Recovers from the Terror of a Low Turnout

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Byline: Mike Morrison, Times-Union correspondent

Academic ineligibility and emotional indifference threaten Glynn Academy's football standing in Region 3-AAAAA (A) this year, according to fifth-year coach Terry Tuley.

The Red Terrors enter the season with a school-record streak of four consecutive winning seasons following a 6-4 record last year. However, the Terrors missed the playoffs after a late-season meltdown in which Glynn lost to sub-region champion Benedictine and runner-up Bradwell Institute in its last four games.

"The outlook for the season is grim," Tuley said. "What we didn't lose through graduation, we've lost through loss of interest, a couple of ineligibles and a couple of injuries."

Fifty-five sophomores, juniors and seniors came out for the team and stuck through preseason drills. The number is well below the 90 Tuley expected.

"For us as a staff, this is very discouraging," he said. "We're coming off four straight winning seasons. We think we've turned the corner, then all of a sudden, we get slammed."

The Terrors aren't ready to toss in the towel just yet. With one or two exceptions, numbers are down across the region. Plus, Glynn Academy should field one of the region's top defenses.

"With the exception of a real young secondary that we'll probably have to bolster with some two-way players, the defense is going to be as good as we've had," Tuley said. "We may win some games 3-0 or 7-6, but that's OK. That's what we're shooting for."

The defense will be led by Times-Union Super 11 senior linebacker Brandon "Baba" Johnson (5-feet-11, 185 pounds). Though undersized, he makes up for it with speed and a knack for finding the football, Tuley said.

"Pound for pound, he's probably the best athlete we've got," he said. "He has a real good nose for the football and exceptional quickness."

Johnson is one of five starters returning on defense. Senior Luke Wood (6-1, 252) moves from tackle to end and possesses speed and size. Senior Travis Simpson (6-1, 180) adjusts from end to linebacker. Senior Cornelius Richardson (5-6, 244) will line up at noseguard, and his low center of gravity makes him tough to block, Tuley said. …

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