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BHS player wins Hall award

The Glynn County Sports Hall of Fame Board of Directors is proud to recognize Brunswick High’s Tyrease Jones as the Player of the Game from last Friday night’s City Championship Game against Glynn Academy.

Jones, a senior wide receiver, caught the winning touchdown pass for the Pirates in the closing seconds to lift Brunswick to a thrilling 24-21 victory over the Red Terrors in a game that included perhaps the most dramatic finish in the history of the long-running series between the local schools.

The pass Jones caught from senior quarterback KJ Lee came on second down from the BHS 25-yard line inside the final 30 seconds. The pass was tipped high into the air by a Glynn defensive back. Jones followed the path of the ball, grabbed it out of the sky, turned toward the GA goal which was about 45 yards away and sped toward the end zone, winning the foot race to the goal stripe with three Terrors giving hot pursuit.

Just moments before, Glynn had taken its first lead of the night on a double-reverse flea-flicker that went for a 35-yard touchdown with senior signal-caller TJ Lewis throwing to senior running back Caden Hutchinson who made an incredible diving catch just inside the right pylon for the go-ahead score while being well-covered by a Brunswick defender.

“It was an incredible finish, no question, one that had folks all over town talking about the City Championship throughout the weekend and into this week,” said Kevin Price, president of the Hall of Fame. “That’s one of the reasons we decided to delay our announcement to recognize the Player of the Game. We did announce Tyrease as the award winner after the game during the trophy presentations on the field because we wanted him to share that moment with his teammates and the BHS fans.

“But outside of that, we wanted this game to get the attention, along with the teams, these two amazing plays that made for the incredible finish, and of course the win by the Pirates and what it meant to them in the recent history of the series.”

The BHS victory was the first for the Pirates since 2013. Jones is also the first Brunswick player to win the Hall of Fame Player of the Game honor since it was first presented after the 2015 City Championship Game. The first five award winners were all Glynn players.

The Hall of Fame has an agreement with Glynn County Schools to present Player of the Game awards in the GA-BHS football and basketball games and also a Player of the Series in the annual baseball matchup between the schools. For more information on the Player of Game programs and past winners of these awards, click on the Programs tab on the home page of the website.

“We’re proud to be a part of these great rivalry games between the local schools and to reward the student-athletes for outstanding play to help their teams,” Price said.

“This game the other night will be one that will be hard to forget and will probably always be one of the best of all-time in this series. It was the 77th meeting between the teams going back to 1968. The official record on paper was 37-37-2, and of course all of the things associated with Covid-19 and playing this game under pandemic guidelines made it a unique one from the start.

“But then to have the game unfold like it did and end like it did, that was just wild. You know what people like to say. Throw the records out, throw the stats out, all that. It’s Glynn and Brunswick. Well, you know what? I guess so. Throw in Covid and now Miracle Between the Bricks and those Glynn and Brunswick stories just get more and more epic by the decade.”

The Hall of Fame is a non-profit organization that formed in 2011. Several Hall of Fame inductees have ties to Glynn Academy and Brunswick High and several are former local football standouts.

The Hall had its 2020 Induction Banquet planned for March, but that event was postponed by the pandemic. The current plan is to try and reschedule that for early 2021 if possible.

The 2020 Hall of Fame Class includes LaRon “Bud” Bennett (Track standout, Glynn Academy), Gerald Cox (Basketball coach, College of Coastal Georgia), Mark Drury (Golfer, Glynn Academy), Carroll Minick (Baseball player, Glynn Academy), Harold “Red” Roberts (Football player, Glynn Academy), Clyde Williams (Basketball coach, Risley High).

Also during the induction banquet, the Hall of Fame plans to celebrate the athletic history of Risley High.

For more information on past inductees and a look at the 2020 class, visit the Inductees section of the website.

Hall of Fame president Kevin Price presents the Hall of Fame Player of Game trophy to Tyrease Jones.

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