Four fourth-quarter fumbles cost Glynn Academy a chance at playing for the state Class 6A championship next week in Atlanta.

 

The Red Terrors, who had traveled four hours west of Brunswick to Leesburg, led the Lee County Trojans 38-21 when they started their fumble spree and wound up losing 42-38.

The Trojans scored on the first three to take a 42-38 lead. The fourth, at the Lee 5, ended a long drive by Glynn Academy that could have resulted in a game-winning touchdown.

It was a heartbreaking end to the Red Terrors’ season. They have played deep into the playoffs in each of coach Rocky Hidalgo’s four seasons, making it to the championship game in 2015 only to lose 10-6 to Atlanta-area Allatoona.

They had breezed through their first three playoff games before running into Lee County.

Glynn ends its season at 9-4. Lee County, 13-1, will face Coffee County or Tucker next week at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta in the championship match-up.

Glynn appeared set to roll over Lee, taking a 31-14 lead at halftime.

The Red Terrors scored on their first possession, a 27-yard field goal by Jack Podlesney.

They went ahead 10-0 near the end of the first quarter on a 5-yard run by Caine Crews, who rushed for nearly 200 yards in the game.

Lee scored on its ensuing possession on a 2-yard run by Nikko Cruz to make it 10-6. The Trojans’ 2-point conversion attempt failed.

Glynn then scored three consecutive touchdowns to built its lead to 31-6. Lee quarterback Jase Orndorff tossed a short touchdown pass to Josh Asbury at the end end of the half to make it 31-14 in favor of the visitors.

Lee running back Artavius Warren scored on a 9-yard to pull the Trojans to within 10 at 31-21 as the second half began.

Glynn built its lead back to 17 moments later when quarterback Randon Jernigan ran in from 10 yards out. At the opening of the fourth quarter, the game seemed safely put away at 38-21 Glynn, but that’s when the Red Terrors’ string of fumbles began.