This time last season, the Portal Panthers were a struggling 0-5 and 0-1 in region play. They rallied to win four out of the last five and made the playoffs.
BROOKLET - The game that would determine home-field advantage for the Region 3-AA tournament was a pitcher's duel until the fourth inning, when Jamie Bohannon broke a 1-1 tie with an RBI double down the third base line that drove in Bridgett Devlin and sparked a five-run rally that put the Southeast Bulloch Lady Yellow Jackets (16-4, 13-1) up for good against the visiting Screven County Lady Gamecocks in a 6-1 SEB win Tuesday.
Aside from the fact that the Eagles let everybody know that they just might have a clutch kicker named Jesse Hartley for those no-time-on-the-clock, 54-yard, game-winning field goal situations, they sent a very clear message to every team left on their schedule: Pick your poison.
The Claxton Tigers ran 49 offensive plays and fullback Jamalcolm Morgan carried the football on 33 of them as the Tigers got their first win of the season, a 14-0 homecoming win over Jenkins County.
PORTAL - Turnovers and injuries have played a huge part in Portal's 0-4 start, but for the Panthers, coming off of a bye week and heading into the first game of region play has been the fresh start the players and fans have been looking for.
MILLEN - Jenkins County Eagles fans have gotten accustomed to 1-9 seasons and running second-half clocks for a while now, but when head coach Chuck Conley took over the team in 2005, he thought it was a time for a change.
BROOKLET - The rain clouds threatened from the opening pitch to the final out, but despite a slight drizzle throughout the contest, it was business as usual for the Southeast Bulloch Lady Yellow Jackets as Megan Barnwell struck out 14 Lady Tigers and SEB topped Region 3-AA foe Swainsboro 6-1 Tuesday.
Something familiar happened to the Eagle fans at Saturday's game against the Western Carolina Catamounts.
Tharon Davis had 22 carries for 219 yards and three touchdowns, and the Southeast Bulloch Yellow Jackets (1-4, 0-2 Region 3-AA) got the ball back down 21-20 with 1:57 to go in the game after stopping the Westside (Augusta) Patriots on fourth down, but couldn't capitalize as they dropped their second-straight region game in front of a capacity homecoming crowd Friday.
BROOKLET - The Southeast Bulloch Yellow Jackets look to build on the performance of quarterback Joe Wilson after the loss in Swainsboro on Friday, Sept. 21 and put together an offensive show for a crowd of students and alumni during tonight's homecoming game against Region 3-AA foe Westside at Fred Shaver Field.
BROOKLET - The Southeast Bulloch Lady Yellow Jackets (12-4, 9-1 Region 3-AA) celebrated homecoming with an 11-2 victory over visiting Jefferson County Thursday.
BROOKLET - They may have started off the season 1-3, but the Southeast Bulloch Yellow Jackets have shown that they have some very real threats on the offensive side of the ball.
PORTAL - Ariel "Red" Lanier's bases-loaded, three-run double in the fourth inning gave the Portal Lady Panthers (5-4) a 5-0 lead and the Claxton Lady Tigers could not climb back as Kaylie Howell pitched a three-hit shutout and PHS got a 7-0 Region 3-A win Tuesday.
Throughout the first half of Saturday's Southern-Conference opener against the Chattanooga Mocs, Georgia Southern fans were exposed to some familiar sights.
SWAINSBORO - Rashad James completed 16 passes for 269 yards and 5 touchdowns as the Swainsboro Tigers stomped the Southeast Bulloch Yellow Jackets 48-7 Friday.
As Brian VanGorder learned in 2006 during his year as Georgia Southern's head coach - Eagle Nation doesn't like its traditions messed with.
Note: "Jerick's journey into the NFL" will run each Sunday during the preseason in the Statesboro Herald.
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Edwin Jackson, Georgia Southern's leading tackler in 2013, was named preseason second-team, All-Sun Belt and its a good thing, because he's really the only linebacker in the mix that played a lot of football last year.
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