LOUISVILLE – Southeast Bulloch High School's season of renewal ended Friday, as the Yellow Jackets fell to Jefferson County, 32-29, in the first round of the state playoffs.
CAIRO - Statesboro had to travel to the southwest corner of Georgia Friday night to take on the Cairo Syrupmakers, but life is still pretty sweet for the Blue Devils.
BROOKLET - It's playoff time in Georgia and for the first time since 2003, the Southeast Bulloch Yellow Jackets are invited to the party.
If the town feels a little less crowded today, it's likely because of a few hundred Statesboro High fans making their way across the state as the Blue Devils take on Cairo in the first round of the Class AAAA state playoffs.
With most of last season's Final Four squad returning this year, the sky is the limit for the Statesboro boys' basketball squad.
This year's Metter seniors began their high school football careers in Mike West's first season as head coach of the Tigers. Tonight, they'll all experience their first state playoff game as they take on Lamar County - No. 1 seed out of Region 4-AA and top-ranked Class AA team in the state.
BROOKLET - There was a time not too long ago that students at Southeast Bulloch High school and residents of Brooklet spent their Fridays in the fall trying to find something to fill the evening. For nearly a decade, undersized and outmanned Yellow Jacket football teams struggled while their fan base followed suit.
Statesboro's Sherrodric Rawls is well aware of the fact that he and the rest of his senior teammates only get one more crack at the playoffs and he intends to make the most of it. The Blue Devils came within seconds of the state championship game in Rawls' freshman season, but haven't advanced farther than the first round since.
It's a postseason party and plenty of area teams are invited. Beginning this Friday, 192 teams throughout Georgia will begin a five-week sprint to claim one of seven GHSA state championships up for grabs. With six teams from Bulloch and its surrounding counties in the hunt, there should be plenty of thrilling football still on the schedule. Leading the charge into the postseason is grizzled playoff veteran Statesboro. The Blue Devils ...
AUGUSTA - Two plays into Friday's Region 3-AAAA play-in game, the Statesboro Blue Devils found themselves trailing Glenn Hills 6-0.
PORTAL - Trailing by five with 5:45 remaining, Portal needed to go 80 yards to score the go-ahead touchdown in the Panthers' final game of the season.
BAXLEY - The Southeast Bulloch Yellow Jackets traveled to Baxley to face the Appling County Pirates on Friday, with a potential region title on the line. The Yellow Jackets fell short 42-21 and finish third in the final Region 1-AAA standings for 2013.
BELLVILLE - All week long, Bulloch Academy's coaching staff had warned their players about Pinewood Christian Academy quarterback Dalton Johnson.
The do-or-die portion of the season begins a week early for the Statesboro Blue Devils as they make the trip up to Augusta tonight to take on Glenn Hills in the Region 3-AAAA play-in round.
BROOKLET - No matter what Southeast Bulloch does in tonight's game against Appling County in Baxley, the Yellow Jackets know that they're headed to the Class AAA state playoffs.
At 6-foot-5, 225 pounds, First Presbyterian Christian Academy senior center Ahman Muhammad had two inches and at least 40 pounds on Bulloch Academy's Hunter Perry. But the Gator sophomore had agility and quickness on his side as he scored 17 points to overshadow the mammoth Highlander and put his squad on the brink of pulling off another upset of the Class AA powerhouse. But FPCA was able to withstand a late fourth-quarter run ...
The Statesboro boys brought a three-game losing streak to a screeching halt, notching a 66-48 victory Saturday night at the Devil's Den over the Swainsboro Tigers team that started the Blue Devils' slide two weeks ago.
ATLANTA - Jaquez Parks passed for four touchdowns and ran 73 yards for another score, amassing 554 total yards, to lead Griffin to a 56-35 victory over Carrollton for the Class AAAA state championship Saturday night at the Georgia Dome.
BLACKSHEAR - The Southeast Bulloch Yellow Jackets brought home another region win on Friday, defeating Pierce County 67-49 on the road.
PORTAL - The Portal Panthers got a tough early test from rival Emanuel County Institute Friday night. The Bulldogs made things tough throughout the night, but Portal was able to maintain a lead and pulled away late to record a 69-55 victory.
ATLANTA - Liam Welch threw two touchdown passes to Daniel Lindsay, and Augusta's Aquinas High won its first Georgia state football championship with a 27-7 victory Friday over Savannah's Calvary Day.
LYONS - The Bulloch Academy Lady Gators improved to 9-0 on the season with a dominating 62-25 win over First Presbyterian on Friday at the Coaches verses Cancer tournament at Robert Toombs Christian Academy.
This year's Claxton boys basketball squad features just three seniors and is missing a wealth of talent and experience from last season.
PORTAL - The Portal Panthers dug themselves a 15-4 deficit early in their game against Treutlen Tuesday night, then showed exactly why they're defending state semifinalists in Class A.
Curtis Baptist senior forward Jawan Rouse pushed in a short jumper at the buzzer to give the Crusaders a 52-51 victory over Bulloch Academy Tuesday night.
SAVANNAH - The Southeast Bulloch Yellow Jackets got into the win column in convincing fashion on Tuesday, beating Islands 69-51 on the road.
SAVANNAH - Bulloch Academy claimed the state runner-up trophy Saturday in the inaugural Georgia Independent School Association Clay Target Sports state championship at the Forest City Gun Club in Savannah.
CLAXTON - An early season non-region matchup turned into a tooth-and-nail struggle as Claxton outlasted Southeast Bulloch in double-overtime by a count of 77-71 Saturday evening in the Tiger's Den.
Bulloch Academy opened its regular-season Tuesday night with 20-point wins over David Emanuel Academy.
Statesboro has high hopes for this season, but finds itself dealing with an early hiccup.