In a game full of rallies, it was Portal that had the last laugh.
HINESVILLE – Liberty County started the night with an 0-3 record, but reversed its fortune in explosive fashion.
Bulloch Academy faced its first true test against a legendary GISA Class AAA power Friday night and came up on the short end of the stick as top-ranked Deerfield-Windsor overpowered the feisty, fourth-ranked Gators 19-0 in a Region 1-AAA tilt.
BROOKLET - Sooner or later, the Screven County Gamecocks were going to win a game. Unfortunately for Southeast Bulloch, "sooner" turned out to be Friday night.
Portal donned pink jerseys in a show of support for Breast Cancer Appreciation Month. During this week, the Georgia High School Association allowed any team that wished to do so the opoortunity to wear pink uniforms, accessories or equipment to show their support.
BROOKLET - Southeast Bulloch and Screven County will both be searching for a region win tonight as the two old rivals square off under the lights at Fred Shaver Field.
Statesboro was handed a tough task by the schedule makers this season as it must play four of its first five games on the road.
PORTAL - For a coach with a winless team, Cherard Freeman sounds pretty up beat and the crazy part is that, well, it's not so crazy.
There's nothing like a big football game between two undefeated region opponents early in the season.
Statesboro has won each of its first three games, but all have been tightly contested contests.
There isn't a pitcher around who wants to run into Hannah Denmark right now.
As the region schedule draws closer, Statesboro is riding high and junior quarterback Reid Pennington has assumed command of the offense as the Blue Devils make another run at the playoffs.
PORTAL - September is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the Portal Lady Panthers will show their support this week as they'll take a different look when they host Wheeler County today at 5 p.m.
BROOKLET - Screven County travels to Brooklet Friday to renew its annual rivalry with Southeast Bulloch, and while there may be only one game, there is certainly no shortage of subplots.
Midline, Money, Sweep, G, and Smack.
PORTAL - The Portal Panthers weren't about to let a second straight season opener end in a tie.
Adairsville 52, Woodland Cartersville 28
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.