There's a dirty little secret that I need to get off my chest.
Both Bulloch Academy basketball teams topped Tattnall Square Academy in a pair of exciting, down-to-the-wire battles Saturday afternoon.
It was a heck of a ride, but things came to an end a couple of games too soon for Statesboro.
It's not every day you see two teams so evenly matched, yet so incredibly equally different.
It's an old cliché, but it really is a shame that someone had to lose that game.
BROOKLET - The Claxton Tigers also defeated Southeast Bulloch Friday night, 83-36.
With just one game standing between Statesboro and a shot at a state championship - and its sixth appearance in a title game in 11 years - it couldn't feel more at home.
Schools around the state are readying for the long winter break, meaning that many of them are focused on basketball.
BROOKLET - Jenkins County survived a war of attrition as it defeated Southeast Bulloch by a count of 41-28 Tuesday evening in Brooklet.
For as much as Statesboro has accomplished this season, it doesn't seem to be running out of new ways to impress.
PORTAL - When attending a Portal basketball game this season, picking up a game program will be a necessity.
A full and experienced roster that includes a reigning state champion, a reigning state runner-up and several returnees and top placers from the last year's state tournament has Bulloch Academy head coach Andy Tomlin excited about the upcoming wrestling season.
AUGUSTA - The Pinewood Christian Academy Competition Cheer Squad reclaimed the GISA Class AAA state title in stiff competition in Augusta on Saturday, November 20, 2010.
In a game that saw seven players reach double digits in scoring, it was defense that finally prevailed.
MARIETTA - Novocain. Smashmouth. Three yards and a cloud of dust.
STILLMORE - Bulloch Academy raced out to a 26-0 first-quarter lead and never looked back as the Gators trounced David Emanuel Academy 58-18 here Thursday night.
PORTAL - The Portal Panthers ring in a new era as they host Josey tonight at 7:30 p.m. in their 2014 season opener and their first game under new head coach Jon Willoughby.
BROOKLET - The Southeast Bulloch Yellow Jackets enter the 2014 season with expectations of repeating - and building on - last year's trip to the state playoffs.
BROOKLET - The Southeast Bulloch Lady Yellow Jackets got back in the win column after a seven-game winning streak was snapped on Wednesday, pounding Islands 8-0 Thursday at home.
Working hard in a non-airconditioned weight room over the summer helped Bulloch Academy's players excel in their 48-6 destruction of First Presbyterian of Hinesville last week.
Last season, Lanier Olliff emerged from spring practice as the favorite to take over quarterbacking duties for Bulloch Academy as a sophomore.
BROOKLET - Southeast Bulloch suffered a setback Wednesday afternoon, falling to Richmond Hill by a count of 8-1 in a non-region matchup.
BROOKLET - Southeast Bulloch notched its biggest win of the season Tuesday evening, cruising past Johnson of Savannah in a 16-0 rout in the first game of a doubleheader.
Football is a sport that prides itself on toughness. From the first day of rec-league practice to a pregame speech before the Super Bowl, coaches will preach staying strong, finishing the drill, and being determined to 'want it more' than the opponent.
A huge venue and a showcase stage created a great atmosphere for Statesboro's season opener, but a 12-0 loss to Burke County went a long way in dampening the Blue Devils' moods Saturday night in the 3rd annual Erk Russell Classic at Paulson Stadium.
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.