Richmond Academy's last meeting with Glynn Academy was a forgettable night.
The Musketeers gave up 55 points and lost their 17th consecutive game. A flurry of late points scored against Glynn Academy's reserves made the score 55-31.
Two years later, there might not be a more appropriate opponent or measuring stick for the Musketeers than Glynn Academy. The two teams will meet in a first-round playoff game Friday night at Richmond Academy. The winner will claim their first playoff win this decade.
Since last meeting Glynn Academy, Richmond Academy has not only snapped that long losing skid, it has won 13 of 21 games. A win Friday would represent the school's first state playoff victory since 1970.
"The last four years have been blood, sweat and tears on the field," said senior running back Jerrel Anderson, who will likely cross the 1,000-yard mark this week. "There's nothing else like it."
Glynn Academy's 2007 dusting of Richmond Academy gave it a 7-3 record. It did not make the playoffs. The Red Terrors are into the playoffs this season with just a 5-5 record, but have lost just once in the last half of the season.
Richmond Academy snapped that 17-game skid at the beginning of last season with a road victory at Westside. It lost 41-14 last year in the playoffs at region champion North Clayton. Glynn Academy fell by 43 points at Westside-Macon
Richmond Academy lost its final three games in 2008 and appeared headed for a similar finish to end this season. An Oct. 23 loss to Cross Creek has instead flipped the team's fortune, turning a mere playoff bid into the school's first state home playoff game since 1998 (56-21 loss to Worth County). The Musketeers haven't lost since falling to Cross Creek, beating Hephzibah by 22 points and Evans by six. Those two playoff-bound teams are a combined 15-3 without their losses to Richmond Academy.
"These seniors, like Jerrel, have turned the program around," Richmond Academy coach Chris Hughes said. "They've worked hard in the off-season and are now being rewarded."
Reach Matt Middleton at (706) 823-3425 or firstname.lastname@example.org.