Posted: 7:03 pm Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

Getting to know Twiggs County, Glades Day’s Georgia-based Saturday opponent 

By Jeff Greer

Glades Day has a highly anticipated showdown with Jupiter Christian on Sept. 3 that will all but decide District 7-1B. But first, the Gators have to prepare for Georgia’s Twiggs County High.

Glades Day meets Twiggs in Daytona Beach on Saturday, with the kickoff set for 3 p.m. at Municipal Stadium. Like I said in the Glades Central vs. Skyline post, I’ll be there, watching, Tweeting, reporting and all that.

So, looking ahead, what should we look for in Saturday’s matchup?

Well, we know that the Gators have something Twiggs doesn’t — Kelvin Taylor — but more on that later.

With some help from the Macon (Ga.) Telegraph, we know a few things about the Cobras. They finished 11-2 last year and lost in the quarterfinals of the Class A state playoffs, but they don’t have the same recruiting profile that Skyline has. Maybe that’s because Twiggs County High has somewhere around 400 students and plays in Georgia’s smallest football classification.

The man who paced them, senior running back Earnest Butts, rushed for 1,800 yards last season. He broke the 1,000-yard mark as a sophomore in 2008. In their first game of the season, Butts scored the game-winning touchdown with a 94-yard dash. That’s one area where Twiggs might have an advantage over Glades Day in terms of in-game experience this year — this will be the Gators’ first game.

But other than that, the Gators match up pretty well with Twiggs. Coach Pete Walker said Tuesday that Twiggs is a fast, persistent team, but Glades Day is ready for them.

He compared Twiggs’ running game to Georgia Tech, filled with lots of motion and multiple ball carriers. One thing is obvious, the Cobras will run the ball — a lot.

For Glades Day, there isn’t much secret what the Gators’ll do on offense. Even with Taylor returning from off-season knee surgery, the goal is to get him the ball. Walker has no fear of wear-and-tear issues for his sensational sophomore back and doesn’t plan on holding back on Saturday.

“We don’t do pitch counts,” Walker said, referring to monitoring Taylor’s carries. “I’ve never done that in my whole career and I don’t plan on starting now.”

He did say that he’d like to have more balance with his offense, but, he added, “we’re always going to tote the mail. That’s our bread and butter.”

Sounds like this one will be the tale of the tailbacks.

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