Due to a shortened fall camp and a rained out scrimmage, Bulloch Academy had plenty of concerns heading into its season opener against First Presbyterian Christian Academy Friday night at Gator Alley.
The Statesboro Blue Devils will get their season started in style this evening as they match up with Burke County in an 8 p.m. kickoff to round out the third annual Erk Russell Classic at Georgia Southern's Paulson Stadium.
The more things change, the more they stay the same.
The loss columns for both Bulloch Academy and First Presbyterian Christian Academy stand at '0' as the 2014 season kicks off at 7:30 p.m. tonight in Gator Alley, but each of the schools are looking to cast off losing streaks dating back to last fall.
Southeast Bulloch saw many years of constant losing and frustration fade into the mist last fall as it earned a spot in the state playoffs for the first time since 2003.
PORTAL - To a man, there might not be a football program in Georgia that asks more of its players than the Portal Panthers.
GUYTON - For the first time in its program's young history, the Statesboro volleyball team beat South Effingham. The Lady Blue Devils won 15-25, 25-16, 25-20 to reach the milestone on the road.
Football programs in the counties surrounding Bulloch have seen varying degrees of success over the past few years, but all seem primed to make a run towards the postseason in 2014.
The Georgia Southern Eagles played their first home football game of the new era at Statesboro High's Womack Field in 1981. It's only fitting that the Blue Devils will play in the first event of the newly-renovated Paulson Stadium.
When it comes to fielding deep rosters, Portal Middle High School is at a disadvantage in almost every sport.
Bulloch Academy seniors Ashley Burke and Powell Fennell combined for five hits and drove in six runs to lead the Lady Gators to a 12-2 victory over Robert Toombs Christian Academy Thursday.
BAXLEY - The Southeast Bulloch Lady Yellow Jackets (1-1) dominated Appling County with an 8-0, 6-inning win on the road Thursday.
PORTAL - Robert Brown has never been at a loss to produce highlights on the football field.
BROOKLET - Southeast Bulloch had its season opener crashed by an old rival as Screven County ran away with a 7-5 victory on Monday afternoon.
The Bulloch Academy Lady Gators have seen a long run of excellence on the softball diamond. Unsurprisingly, each year seems to bring about a new group of veteran leaders who lead the team through a tough region slate and on into the postseason.
DUBLIN - Seniors Kristin Kingery and Powell Fennell had three hits each to lead Bulloch Academy to a 5-2 victory over Trinity Christian School Thursday in GISA Region 2-AAA action.
Alpharetta 35, Lambert 17
A big running back and an even bigger offensive line usually mean a win every time.
GUYTON - The Statesboro Blue Devils continued their early season struggles Friday, dropping a 17-0 decision at South Effingham in being shut out for the second time in three games.
BROOKLET - Dodge County jumped out to a quick 14-0 lead midway through the first quarter and didn't look back as the Indians ran past the Southeast Bulloch Yellow Jackets 24-6 Friday night in a game delayed 15 minutes due to lightning in the area.
BROOKLET - Coming off a tough three-point loss to Bryan County last week, the Southeast Bulloch Yellow Jackets will look to notch their first win of the season tonight as they face the undefeated Dodge County Indians at Fred Shaver Field.
The last time Statesboro carried an 0-2 record into its third game of the season, the members of the 2014 Blue Devils were in diapers - if they had even been born yet. A team with a history of excellence such as Statesboro means that rough starts like the last 0-2 beginning in 1998 won't come around very often.
The third time will be the charm for the Bulloch Academy defense against highly-touted tailbacks.
SAVANNAH - The Screven County Gamecocks continued in dominating fashion on Thursday, hammering Windsor Forest 36-8 at Memorial Stadium.
Heading into the season, first-year Bulloch Academy coach Terrance Hennessy made it clear that one of his players would do a lot of the heavy lifting while new starters and younger players adjusted to new schemes and varsity competition.
TWIN CITY - Bulloch Academy freshman Kyle Samuels clocked a 20:26 to win a multi-team cross-country meet on the sandy and shady trails of George L. Smith State Park Monday.
PORTAL - It was barely a contest Tuesday afternoon as Portal bats and gloves alike caught fire to blow Claxton out of the water.
Statesboro High will honor its 1964 football team on its 50th reunion on Sept. 26-27.
When speaking of high school football, plenty of people love to wax poetic.