It all started with an off-handed comment by Georgia Southern coach Chris Hatcher on National Signing Day, and it brought with it a mountain of hype - hype about incoming freshman Leander Barney.
With so many incoming freshmen and underclassmen on the Georgia Southern football team, one of the top priorities for the Eagles' coaching staff is finding players to fill the gaps left by last year's graduating class - most notably those at offensive line, running back, and, of course, quarterback.
The heat of the summer is peaking, students are stocking up on school supplies, teachers are preparing their curriculums, and in Portal, all that can only mean one thing.
Summertime is usually a down time in the sporting world, but that changed Saturday when the Boys and Girls Club of Bulloch County gave everybody something to cheer for.
PORTAL - Portal's Mario Farris signed a letter of intent to play basketball for the NJCAA's Iowa Central Tritons Friday at Portal High School.
TWIN CITY - The Portal Panthers have high hopes for freshman quarterback Hunter Oglesby as he matures. Tuesday evening in a seven-on-seven scrimmage at Emanuel County Institute, he got in more reps than anyone expected.
It may be summertime, but that's no reason why the fields on the banks of Beautiful Eagle Creek should be without a little football.
Screven County is as far along in the playoffs as anyone can remember.
SYLVANIA - It seems that for the Screven County Gamecocks, the keys to winning in the playoffs are tight defense, well-conditioned pitching and six-run innings.
By MATT YOGUS
CLAXTON - Players, coaches and fans in Claxton are about to head into uncharted territory. Not since 1954 have the Tigers won a region championship, and nobody can remember the last time CHS made a playoff appearance.
BROOKLET - The Cook Hornets (22-4, 16-0 Region 1-AA) are probably thinking the same thing they think every year as they prepare to host the Southeast Bulloch Yellow Jackets today for a 3 p.m. doubleheader in the first round of the GHSA Class AA state playoffs.
SYLVANIA - For the just second time in the history of the Screven County tennis team, the Lady Gamecocks won't be playing in the Final Four.
BROOKLET - Not having made the state playoffs since 2001, the Southeast Bulloch Yellow Jackets had their focus on the first-round opponent - No. 1 seed Cook High School. Fortunately for the Toombs County Bulldogs (13-12), SEB forgot about the last regular-season game.
SYLVANIA - It had been over a year, but the Westside Patriots finally lost a region game. The Screven County Gamecocks celebrated Senior Night by knocking off the previously unbeaten Region 3-AA champs 8-5 Tuesday on the home turf.
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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