GUYTON — South Effingham’s football team is still trying to dig out from under a heap of adversity.
Playing without any experienced quarterbacks, the Mustangs dropped to 0-6 Friday night after falling at home to Glynn Academy 35-3.
In a postgame huddle at midfield, head coach Nathan Clark urged his players to keep fighting.
“You are going to go through trials and errors in life, and there are going to be things that happen that aren’t always fair,” he said. “I think this is teaching this team that when bad things happen you can’t quit. If you keep fighting, at some point you are going to be rewarded.
“This team will be rewarded. I just don’t know how, when or where but it is going to happen in some sort of way if they keep playing hard.”
South Effingham has struggled offensively all season. It is averaging just six points per game.
The situation reached its nadir in the Region 2-AAAAAA opener against Effingham County on Oct. 9 when signal-caller Alex Cena went down with a broken collarbone. The Mustangs, now employing the single wing with running backs at the helm, went on to lose 10-0 and have tallied just nine points in the two games that followed.
The Mustangs had a chance to grab an early lead against the Terrors (4-3, 2-1) after recovering a fumble on the opening kickoff just 33 yards from paydirt. They didn’t capitalize, however, as they were forced to try a long field goal that missed the mark.
Four plays later, Glynn Academy scored on a 68-yard run by Na’Verious Williams. The Terrors also reached the end zone quickly on their second possession as quarterback Tj Lewis scored on a 43-yard option keeper.
The Terrors took to the air to score their third touchdown. Set up by a South Effingham fumble near midfield, it came on a 28-yard Lewis-to-Williams strike with 7:55 left in the second period.
The Mustangs, whose lone pass attempt fell incomplete, got their lone points just before the first half expired on a 23-yard field goal by Liam Rickman.
South Effingham totaled 122 yards. Cameron Edwards, Desmond House and Brayden Bell Each rushed for 30 yards.
Glynn Academy rushed for 314 yards and passed for 28.
The Mustangs are slated to visit non-region foe Benedictine (5-2) on Friday at 7:30 p.m.