Glynn football team to play for indepentent league title

Posted May 28, 2010


Glynn football team to play

for independent league title

Football: League title on line

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Semipro Revolution vying for championship this weekend

By DAVE JORDAN

The Brunswick News

With wins in nine of their past 10 games, the Glynn County Revolution are on a nice roll. Saturday, they play for all the bread in the oven.

The Revolution, the county’s semipro football entry in the Georgia division of the National Independent Football League, will head to middle Georgia on Saturday for a 4 p.m. date with the Bay Area Warriors out of Tampa, Fla., in the Integrity Bowl, the NIFL’s championship game. The title tilt will be contested at Brodie Field, home of the Tift County High Blue Devils.

The Revolution won their league with an 8-2 record, clinching a bye in the fi rst round of the playoffs with a 50-0 whitewash of the Savannah Venom on April 17 in their regular season finale.

In the regional championship two weeks later, the Revolution thumped the Venom again, 48-0, then followed that win up with a 26-8 victory over the First Coast Cardinals for the conference championship.

At 10-2, the orange-and-black clad team made up of former high school stars and footballloving fellows from Glynn and surrounding counties will face a Warriors team that also finished 8-2 in the regular season, but had to win three playoff games to get to the championship.

“We don’t know that much about them,” Revolution coach and owner Jeffrey Waters said of his opponent. “I talked with some other coaches and they said they are athletic and fast and like to throw the ball. Well, we’re athletic and fast on defense and like people to throw the ball, so they may be playing to our strengths.

But coming from a big town like they are, they have a lot to pull from, you figure.”  The hallmark of the Glynn County team is its defense, which is allowing just 8.8 points per game and has pitched three shutouts— two of which have come in the past three games.  The team has begun to flex its muscles on offense, as well, rolling up scores of 33, 37, 48 twice and 50 among their 10 wins.

So what has been the underlying secret of the Revolution’s success?

“Our whole team,” Waters said.  “When somebody needs to step up, they do. Our quarterback, Stephen Prevatt, has been throwing the ball as well as he ever has, nobody can cover our two wide receivers, Brandon McMullen and Robert Thomas, and we moved Antonio Taylor to tight end and he has been killing it.

Teams don’t have an answer for him. He’s powerful and he runs angry.”

In just its second year of existence, the Revolution have made it into their league’s championship game, a place Waters said he never would have dreamed the team could reach so fast.

The team fi nished 7-2 a season ago, losing in the playoffs to the Waycross Firebirds, which has dealt the Revolution all four of its losses over the past two seasons.

“I really had no idea we’d get this far,” Waters said. “I’d like to say we would have, but we put in a whole new offense, a pro-style offense. My offensive coordinator James Lewis, my defensive coordinator Shawn Brown and my special teams coach Al Manley get all the credit in the world.

“People don’t realize how much time they put in, and it’s all volunteer. I don’t know what I’d do without them.”

The Revolution will head to Tifton in the early afternoon Saturday, following a pre-game meal, looking to bring home a championship to Glynn County.

With a talented roster of players on both sides of the ball and a group of dedicated, hard-working coaches, the team should be as ready as ever to get the job done.

“We’re as healthy as we’ve been in a long time,” Waters said. We’re fi nally going with all our bullets.”

HOURS: Monday-Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. • Friday-Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 11:45 p.m.

 



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