BRUNSWICK -- A balanced offense and opportunistic defense powered Effingham County (4-2, 2-0) to a 31-14 victory over Glynn Academy at windy Glynn County Stadium on Wednesday. The win was the Rebels' second straight in Region 2-AAAAAA play and fourth straight overall.
The teams played more than 48 hours earlier than scheduled because Hurricane Ian is lurking in Florida and headed toward the Coastal Empire.
The Rebels opened the contest with a bang as Keion Wallace hauled in an 80-yard touchdown pass from Nate Hayes on a hitch-and-go route on their first play from scrimmage. The Terrors (2-4, 0-2) bit on the fake and Wallace easily slipped behind the secondary.
The lengthy pass answered a touchdown Glynn Academy scored on the opening possession of the game.
Hayes continued to have success through the air, completing 13 of 21 attempts for 221 yards. He was also a thorn in the Terrors' side on the ground, rushing for 98 yards and two touchdowns. He scoring jaunts covered 8 and 28 yards in the second period.
Jayden Daniels was also a rushing force for Effingham County. He tallied 108 yards and one touchdown on 20 attempts.
Overall, the Rebels racked up 220 yards on the ground.
Effingham County's other points came via Jonah Strickland's 42-yard field goal.
The Terrors totaled 160 yards in the first half but finished with only 243. Tyler settled for 39 yards on 16 attempts after amassing 42 yards on his initial seven totes.
The Rebels secondary was also stout, getting two picks from Messiah Bacon and one from Wallace.
Effingham County is set to his Grovetown (3-2, 0-1) on Oct. 7 at 7:30 p.m.