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Jackets travel to Laney, hope for upset

    BROOKLET — Southeast Bulloch got a taste of team speed and athleticism in last Friday’s 41-23 loss to Josey, so it will be no surprise when the Laney Wildcats offer more of the same in today’s contest.
    “I thought we did some things well, as far as keeping the quarterback inside the pocket (against Josey),” said SEB coach John Kenny. “Speed is going to hurt us right now, and (the Eagles) were able to get behind us a couple of times — two of them on trick plays — and that is always a concern. We don’t have a lot of (speed), but if we play good, sound football and read our keys, we’ll be alright.”
    The Yellow Jackets (1-5, 0-3 Region 3-AA) have been easing into the first-year coach’s spread offense all year long, and hope to execute to the best of their ability tonight.
    Quarterback Joe Wilson continues to improve, throwing for 134 yards and two touchdowns in the Josey game. Most noticeably improved is the vertical passing game, highlighted by a 30-yard touchdown pass to Arsenio Wright.
    Running back Tharon Davis continues to be a threat on the ground for the Jackets. He accounted for the other SEB score in the Josey game.
    “We’ve seen significant improvements on both sides of the ball,” Kenny said. “Especially our young kids. We’ve been playing them more, and they’re getting better week to week.”
    Laney will attack SEB on the ground and through the air, so things will not be any easier for the Jacket defense this time around.
    “On offense, they are multiple,” said Kenny. “They run some Wing T stuff out of shotgun. They line up in the gun and spread you out. They do a lot of play-action off of it. They do a real good job offensively keeping you mixed up.”
    The Wildcats (4-1, 2-1) are one of the four teams stuck in the 2-1, second-place logjam in Region 3-AA, so the win will be big for LHS in the chase of unbeaten Jefferson County.
    For the Yellow Jackets, they hope to begin turning the season around on the road.
    “We’re going to go up there to play four quarters,” said Kenny. “We’re going to try to play good, sound football.”

    Matt Yogus can be reached at (912) 489-9404.

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