PERRY - Three runs were all that separated the Bulloch Academy Lady Gators from their first-ever GISA Class AAA fast-pitch softball Final Four.
It was Lauren Dennard's first postseason experience, but she looked like a seasoned veteran.
Dequan Daniels may not have seen any varsity action on the football field last season, but anyone who saw Daniels, now a sophomore, take on the 100-meter dash during track and field season knew what was coming this year.
Statesboro has run wild through the opening half of its schedule and among all of the weapons at its disposal in the backfield, it's a sophomore that is leading the way.
Screven County and Southeast Bulloch figured that they might meet again - just not under these circumstances.
During the regular season, Bulloch Academy head softball coach Chandler Dennard would often hold his breath when the ball was hit to one of his fielders.
Scoring twice in the bottom of the sixth, the sixth-ranked Screven County Lady Gamecocks (22-7) earned a double header split with the visiting, seventh-ranked Dodge County Squaws (24-7) to send their 3AA semifinal playoff series to a deciding third game. The contest will be Monday in Eastman at 5 p.m.
COCHRAN - Bleckley County swept a pair of games from Southeast Bulloch Saturday to advance to the championship round of the Region 3-AA softball tournament.
Statesboro and Effingham County were putting on quite a display before Dequan Daniels ran away with the show.
AMERICUS - Big offensive plays and a strong defense helped Bulloch Academy pummel GISA Region 1-AAA foe Southland Academy 38-8 Friday night at Harvey Simpson Stadium.
BROOKLET - When Southeast Bulloch looked on the other side of the ball Friday night, they saw what they hope to become.
DUBLIN - Dublin defeated the Screven County Gamecocks (2-4,2-2 Region 3-AA) 28-7 Friday in Dublin.
After a last-second comeback win over Lakeside, Evans last Friday, Statesboro has an opportunity to start off 2-0 in sub-region play tonight as it welcomes Effingham County for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff at Womack Field.
Mirror-image offenses collide tonight as Bulloch Academy takes on Southland Academy in a big GISA Region 1-AAA showdown in Americus.
BROOKLET - Southeast Bulloch has hit a snag in region play and things don't look to get any easier tonight as No. 8 Swainsboro pays a visit to Fred Shaver Field for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff.
PORTAL - The Portal Panthers suffered their first setback of the season, falling 42-14 to Emanuel County Institute Friday night in the 36th meeting between the rival schools.
Bulloch Academy capitalized on three Gatewood fumbles and dominated the line of scrimmage to take a 33-7 victory over the visitors from Eatonton Friday night at Gator Alley.
Adairsville 35, Ringgold 0
BROOKLET - Most softball tournaments are scheduled for the preseason or for the region and state competitions, but down in Brooklet, an annual midseason tradition is about to renew itself.
PEMBROKE - In a battle of two teams searching for their first win of the season, it was Bryan County that came up with all of the big plays.
PORTAL - In football, no team can afford to be content.
For the second straight game, Bulloch Academy will be keying on a player who wears the number 5 on his jersey. But BA head coach Terence Hennessy hopes it goes better than it did last week.
DUBLIN - Bulloch Academy freshman Kyle Samuels was the only Bulloch Academy runner, varsity or middle school, to finish in the Top 10 of the Trinity Christian Crusader Cross Country Invitational Tuesday.
With a roster that rarely creeps too far above 30 players, Portal is usually dependant on big individual efforts whenever it notches a win on the football field.
Mikay Sands hurled a one-hitter and the Lady Gators played error-free defense as Bulloch Academy defeated Trinity Christian School 3-0 in GISA Region 2-AAA action Tuesday.
BROOKLET - The Southeast Bulloch Yellow Jackets will try to notch their first win of the season in style tonight as they travel to Bryan County for a special Thursday affair that will be televised on WSAV MyLC as part of its 'Thursday Night Blitz' series.
A 38-25 loss to Wayne County last week stung the Statesboro Blue Devils.
BROOKLET - The South Georgia Fury softball teams will hold tryouts on Saturday, Sept. 20, at Southeast Bulloch High School from 9 a.m. until 4:45 p.m.
Albany 20, Terrell County 0
LYONS - Three hours, 77 points and 921 yards of total offense.