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Yellow Jackets face 1st road test of '13

Yellow Jackets face 1st road test of '13

Yellow Jackets face 1st road test of '13


    BROOKLET — There are plenty of mixed emotions for Southeast Bulloch coming off of its season-opening 0-0 tie against Portal last week. There is some disappointment over still having nothing to put in the win column after playing a team it had easily handled the previous season. There are also plenty of bright spots, such as recording the school’s first shutout in eight seasons.
    Regardless of the pros and cons of Week 1, the new goal for the Yellow Jackets (0-0-1) is for success against Montgomery County (0-1) as they travel to Mt. Vernon tonight.
    SEB hammered the Eagles in a landslide 63-25 victory last season. The Jackets hope that another big night is in store for their offense, but aren’t taking Montgomery — which went 0-10 last season — lightly. The Eagles improved as 2012 went along and were much more competitive in their season opener against Toombs County last week.
    As a squad that was climbing out of a similar low point just a few seasons ago, Southeast Bulloch knows how dangerous a team desperate for success can be.
    “We certainly are concerned about and respect all of our opponents, regardless of their record,” SEB coach Pat Collins said. “Montgomery’s coaches are doing a good job of improving that team and they have a lot of returning starters that are a year older this time around.
    “Last season, we had just about everything go our way. We’d love for that to happen again, but that doesn’t mean we expect anything to come easy.”
    The Jackets’ biggest concern will be getting some confidence pumped into its offense. The Wing-T attack never quite found its stride last week, gaining just 193 total yards.
    SEB will still be without the services of running back Antonio McMillan, who injured his knee in a preseason scrimmage. Tyler Epps is prepared to grind out tough yardage and the duo of Matt McBride and Keagan Carter shared the load of McMillan’s missed carries last week, but McMillan’s explosive speed is sorely missed.
    Defensively, the Jackets appear to be very solid. Montgomery County’s version of the Wing-T isn’t the same as SEB’s but should still be a familiar look for the Jacket defenders.
    “(Montgomery) is very vanilla in what they do offensively, but they do it well,” Collins said. “Our guys should know what to expect, but we still have to be in the right place and make the plays.”
    While the non-region contest won’t have any impact on the Jackets’ playoff chances, tonight’s game is definitely a critical one. Just a few weeks remain before the Region 1-AAA schedule commences and putting some wins on the board will be big for morale heading into the most important games of the season.
    “We have big plans and goals,” Collins said. “We really need this win, but I’m sure Montgomery needs this too. We have our strengths that we bring into this game, but we still have to execute everything well.”

    Mike Anthony may be reached at (912) 489-9404.

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