Islands Kenny Wilder scored his first two career touchdowns in beating Groves.


Kenny Wilder has built his reputation as a quality player working on the defensive side of the ball as a linebacker for the Islands Sharks.

But this season the senior has added responsibility as the featured back on offensive. On Saturday, Wilder had big games on either side of the ball, scoring his first two career touchdowns to lead the Haie to a 41-2 unregional win over the visit from Groves.

Wilder came around the left end and raced into the end zone on his third carry of the game to get a 22 yard score and tumbled out of 13 yards to end a 35 point second quarter for the Sharks, the 41-0 at break led and a running clock was used in the second half.

“It felt really good to actually get into the end zone and another touchdown made it even better,” said Wilder, who had 44 yards over four carries in the first half. “It was a great day to play a football game. We played a full game and we can build on that for our game with New Hampstead next week.”

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Islands improved to 4-2 that season and will host New Hampstead (6-1) in their first Region 3-4A match.

“That gives us a lot of momentum,” said Senior Langston Lewis, who had four catches for 54 yards to go along with an 80-yard touchdown run he scored after recovering a fumble from a teammate and daylighting on the right sideline found had unusual scores. “We played hard, played well on the offensive and made great games on the defensive.

“I think defense is our forte. We have the most takeaways in the area,” said Lewis, who has committed to playing for Central Michigan. “Against New Hampstead we have to stop the run, but they like to come over so we have to focus on that too.”

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Ja’Mari Sanders added a 20-yard scoring run for Islands in the second quarter, and Amaree Bedgood hit Russell Wright with a 46-yard touchdown pass. Manny Snead added to the onslaught with a 35-yard pick-six.

Groves stepped onto the board in the final two minutes as Jadarius Reid tackled a Sharks runner in his own end zone for safety.

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First quarter

I – Kenny Wilder 22-meter run (kick failed)

Second quarter

I – Ja’Mari Sanders 20 Meter Run (Mitchell Singletary Pass by Amaree Bedgood)

I – Russell Wright 46-yard pass from Bedgood (pass failed)

I – Langston Lewis 80 Yard Run (Johnny Fleming Run)

I – Manny Snead 35 Yard Interception Return (Pass Failed)

I – Wild 13 Run (Carson Kurdy’s Kick)

Fourth quarter

G – Security, Jadarius Reid has tackled the island runner in his end zone

Records – groves 0-5; Islands 4-2.


Glynn Academy 38, South Effingham 0

Southeast Bulloch 48, Savannah High 7

Pinewood Christian 50, St. Andrew’s 19th

Hilton Head Christian 41, Bethesda 8

Frederica Academy 53, Memorial Day 6

Dennis Knight reports on sports for the Savannah Morning News. Contact him at [email protected] Twitter: @DennisKnightSMN

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