They got started right off the bat with the big play in the first quarter and then it went from there.South Effingham head coach Donnie Revell
GUYTON — Considering Saturday's 35-0 season-opening win against Long County, it appears that a lot of big shoes on South Effingham's defense have been filled. Linebackers Josh Duncan and Hunter Tindall combined for 20 tackles, and the entire unit, one loaded without a lot experience, excelled. “The players played hard to achieve that and the coaches worked real hard throughout the week and in the game to preserve that,” Mustangs head coach Donnie Revell said. “They did a good job of creating good field position and being able to stop them.” Offensively, quarterback Taylor Jackson looked sharp, throwing two touchdown passes. Trent Wimberly added two aerial scores and Zach Taylor hauled in a 73-yard pass to kick things off on the Mustangs' initial snap of the game. Despite the lopsided score and stellar individual performances, the Mustangs endured a few mishaps. “We don’t talk about individual players,” Revell said. “We talk about a unit, and we played really well in the first quarter. In the second quarter, we lost concentration and we didn’t get to finish some drives. We did miss a couple field goals. "In the third quarter, we drove down, made some mistakes and missed a field goal. They executed for part of the game, but we have to eliminate those mistakes.” The game was originally scheduled for Friday but was postponed due to lightning, prompting the Saturday morning kickoff. The delay was frustrating but Revell was pleased with how his players responded. “We were actually on the field and were in stretching lines getting ready for the game,” Revell said. “Then we had the delay. Then it looked like we weren’t going to be able to play at all. As a coaching staff, we really needed to play an opening game before we got into the regular schedule. And when you prepare all week for something, it is a disappointment when you can’t play. "They did a good job coming back the next morning. They got started right off the bat with the big play in the first quarter and then it went from there.” See the Aug. 22 edition of the Effingham Herald for more details.