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SEB captures region win

SEB captures region win

SEB captures region win

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BROOKLET — The streak is over.
    Tyler Epps ran for 140 yards and two touchdowns as Southeast Bulloch earned its first region win in four years defeating Savannah 17-6 at Fred Shaver Field.
    “Epps ran like a man possessed tonight,” SEB Head Coach Pat Collins said. “The run he had to put us up 10-0 was just an incredible run.”
    The touchdown Collins referred to came with 8:08 remaining in the third quarter. With the Yellow Jackets leading 3-0, Epps took the handoff up the middle where it looked like he was going to be stopped for a minimal gain. However, he continued churning his legs and somehow emerged from the pile and scampered 48 yards for the score.
    The win snapped a 38-game region losing streak for the Yellow Jackets.
    “The win means we have to get back to work and try to get the second win next week,” Epps said. “We’re trying to get the four region wins we need to get into the playoffs.”
    Prior to that run, Epps had been held to 18 yards on seven carries as the entire SEB offense struggled to deal with the loss of leading rusher Antonio McMillian.
    “He was hurt and wanted to go, but he just couldn’t tonight,” Collins said. “I think we struggled offensively in the first half without him, but our defense and kicking game stepped up.”
    Yellow Jacket players showered head coach Pat Collins with a cooler of water as the final seconds ticked off the clock to improve SEB to 3-2 on the season and 1-1 in Region 1-AAA.
    Kaelin Jones and Hunter Aldrich led the Yellow Jackets defensively. While Savannah outgained SEB in total yards on the night, SEB was able to keep Savannah out of the end zone for most of the night.
    “We won in every phase of the game,” Collins said. “The kickoffs and coverage were great. Cole Carter was tremendous in the punting game, and there’s no doubt our defense played lights out tonight.”
    The Yellow Jackets forced two interceptions and recovered a fumble on defense and did not turn the ball over on offense. They also had only three penalties for 25 yards. Both of those areas were points of emphasis by Collins during the week.
    “You don’t win close football games unless you’re sound in those areas,” he said.
    Savannah was led offensively by quarterback Javonte Spivey’s 135 yards passing, including a 35-yard touchdown pass to running back Trey Dillard.
    Dillard led Savannah with 128 yards rushing on 17 carries while Spivey added 67 yards.
    Collins said the key moment in the game was senior Reid Hadden’s 30-yard field goal with less than three minutes remaining in the first half. That kick gave the Yellow Jackets a 3-0 lead which they were able to take into the half thanks to Aldrich’s interception with seven seconds remaining in the half.
    The Yellow Jackets were able to put the game away with a 13-play, 95-yard drive in the fourth quarter that culminated with Epps’ second touchdown run of the night.
    “I couldn’t have done it without the offensive line,” Epps said. “They played great tonight.”
    Getting a region win was big for Southeast Bulloch, Collins said, because it showed the team that they’re on the right track.
    Southeast Bulloch faces Pierce County next week back at Fred Shaver Field as they wrap up a five-game home stand. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

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