David Emanuel Academy (0-1) kept things interesting for a half, but a young and inexperienced Bulloch Academy (1-0) squad grew up in a hurry, bouncing back in the second and knocking off the Eagles 40-12 in the season opener at Gator Alley Thursday.
Year one at Southeast Bulloch under head coach John Kenny had its growing pains.
He's got an accurate touch on the football, he's quick, he's shifty, he's just a sophomore, and he's the starting quarterback for the Southeast Bulloch Yellow Jackets.
The last two seasons in Metter have been all about building a foundation from the bottom up. In 2006, coach Clay Hill inherited a Tiger squad without much experience, and he has focused on developing the middle school kids and keeping the numbers up. Metter has consistently fielded over 50 kids in each of the last two seasons, and with a strong foundation both offensively and defensively, the coaching staff feels the team is ready to compete again.
The Screven County Gamecocks are getting used to being back in the playoffs.
PORTAL - It's no surprise that the Portal Panthers will be offering a new look in 2008.
PORTAL - Coming off a 1-9 season, the Portal Panthers had a reality check - it's time to turn things around.
BROOKLET - A five yard scamper by Portal's Steven Cox was the difference in a wet and windy defensive battle Thursday night as the Panthers defeated the Southeast Bulloch Yellow Jackets 7-0 in a scrimmage the week before the 2008 opening kickoff.
PORTAL - The second game of Wednesday's doubleheader was one out from becoming official, but Emanuel County Institute's Nikki Ellison belted a two-out single into left field as the rain opened up, and the game was called with the Portal Lady Panthers (2-0) holding a 3-1 advantage.
BROOKLET - Some heads-up base running allowed Ansley Rushing to cross the plate with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning, giving the Southeast Bulloch Lady Yellow Jackets (5-2) a 3-2 win over the Brantley County Lady Herons (4-1-1) Tuesday at SEB's home opener.
PORTAL - After struggling through the 2006 season, the Portal Lady Panthers turned things around in 2007, putting together a 7-5 record in Region 3-A under first-year coach Shannon Davis.
BROOKLET - The Southeast Bulloch Lady Yellow Jackets have one of the most dominant pitchers in the state in senior Megan Barnwell, a string of trips to the Elite Eight of the GHSA Class AA State Playoffs, and having lost only two seniors from 2007's 21-8 (14-3, Region 3-AA) squad, they look to keep up the momentum.
And this time around, there's one roadblock they hope to pass.
SYLVANIA - Defending the Region 3-AA title was no easy task in 2007 for the Screven County Lady Gamecocks.
METTER - The days of record-setting quarterback Zach Stanford in the Georgia Dome are a distant memory in Metter, but the Tigers feel that after back-to-back winless seasons in Region 3-AA, it's time to get back on track.
There are dozens of new faces - incoming freshmen and transfers alike - giving a new look to the Georgia Southern Eagles in 2008, but that's not the only difference fans will see when the team kicks off a new season on August 30.
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.
Note: "Jerick's journey into the NFL" will run each Sunday during the preseason in the Statesboro Herald. This series is brought to you by Queensborough National Bank and Trust Company.
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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