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2 The Brunswick News / Thursday, August 29, 2013
Welcome to High School Football 2013
Time again for that most glorious season
By DAVE JORDAN
The Brunswick News
The beginning of a new school year means many things to many people. For most sports fans, it means one very important thing: high school football is back. Friday night lights. Touchdowns. Field goals. Bands. Cheerleaders. Hometown spirit. High school football is a borderline religion in Georgia and across much of the South. From Dalton to Hoboken and in hundreds of towns in between and beyond, Friday nights from August through November are devoted to cheering on the favorite team. Parents, friends and fans live and die with their sons as they bear witness to a sporting spectacle that is 100 percent an American original. But what will the new season bring? Which team will reward its fans with a championship? Who will be the winners and who will wear the crown of also-ran? Only time will tell, of course, but now that the season has begun, let’s examine some key games in the area in 2013:
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• Brunswick High vs. Glynn Academy, Friday: Nothing like jumping right into the ﬁre, and these crosstown rivals, for the second season in a row, butt heads in the second week of the season. Brunswick won the 2012 battle by a mere two points in a game as close as the 28-26 score indicated. Bragging rights will be on the line for both teams, and the revenge factor no doubt will be in play for the Red Terrors. • Vidalia at McIntosh County Academy, Sept. 6: The ﬁrst of nine consecutive Region 2-AA contests for the Buccaneers couldn’t get any more important as last year’s league champion Indians come calling. McIntosh will be looking to avenge its only region loss from a season ago and gets to attempt that in the friendly
conﬁnes of its home ﬁeld in Darien. • Richmond Hill at Glynn Academy, Sept. 27: The Terrors will be seeking retribution here after dropping a 20-17 heartbreaker in the Wildcats’ den in the 2012 Region 3-AAAAA opener. Glynn will look to right the ship in this, their 2013 league opener and the ﬁrst of seven straight in region play. • Lowndes at Brunswick High, Glynn Academy at Ware County, Oct. 4: The ﬁrst Friday in October features two titanic tilts, both very large region contests for the hometown teams. Brunswick’s Region 1-6A opener couldn’t get any bigger and, fortunately for the Pirates, occurs at Glynn County Stadium. Glynn has to go to Waycross to play the 2012 state runners-up in a contest that likely leaves the winner with the inside track to the region title. • Camden County at Brunswick High, Oct. 25: Two area teams collide in yet another key Region 1-6A matchup. The meeting will mark the fourth of six league games for both squads with the winner deﬁnitely improving its standing
in the region and the loser hurting its playoff seeding and possibly its postseason chances overall. Not for the faint of heart. • Frederica Academy at Robert Toombs Academy, Nov. 8: The regular season ﬁnale for both teams may well decide GISA Region 2-A — as it did in 2012 — but this meeting will mean a lot more to the home Crusaders. Frederica, in only its ﬁrst season of being eligible for any sort of title, denied RTA a region title with a win in last year’s regular season ﬁnale. Then, to add insult to injury, the Knights rallied from 27 points down in the ﬁnal quarter to defeat those same Crusaders three weeks later in the Class A state championship game. Robert Toombs will have plenty of motivation in this one, no matter the records or playoff implications. • First round of GHSA and GISA state playoffs, Nov. 15: Time will tell what the matchups will be and where our local teams might play, but there is a reasonably good chance all ﬁve area teams will still be playing on this memorable date — all in quest of the elusive holy grail of a state championship.
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Brunswick High and Glynn Academy in the 2012 City Championship game.
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ON THE COVER: Area stars Cory Dixon, clockwise from top left, Zach Lamper, Darry Herrington, Max Bourne and Kalvaraz Bessent lead their respective teams into battle in 2013.
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Brunswick High Pirates
QUAN TOBLER #37 LINEBACKER
CORY DIXON #18 QUARTERBACK Brunswick High’s success is tied directly to the arm and legs of their senior quarterback. A college prospect, Dixon led all quarterbacks in rugged Region 1-6A last season in rushing and passing yards combined. The Pirates will need more of the same from him in 2013.
A converted linebacker, the 6-foot-2, 241-pound Tobler is a mountain of a man and one opposing offenses have trouble moving. His 105 tackles in 2012 lead all returning Pirate defenders, and his ability to help slow down the opposition’s running game will prove key to Brunswick’s defensive success.
JAMES RICHARDSON #21 RUNNING BACK The fastest Pirate — who has been timed in the 40-yard dash at a blistering 4.3 seconds — Richardson will shoulder the bulk of the rushing load at running back behind quarterback Dixon. The speedy senior, who averaged 5.4 yards per carry in 2012, is also a dangerous return specialist, as evidenced by his 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to open the second half of Brunswick’s season opener. Richardson’s rushing prowess should provide a nice balance to Dixon’s passing.