PORTAL - It is an old cliché: keep your friends close and your enemies closer. For Portal, they don't come much closer than Emanuel County Institute, home of the Panthers' mortal enemy, the Bulldogs.
Big, strong and fast are the adjectives Bulloch Academy head football coach Clint Morgan uses when he talks about his squad's next GISA Region 1-AAA opponent, the fourth-ranked Sherwood Christian Eagles.
As the Region 2A-AAAA race heats up, Statesboro appears to be in top form.
BROOKLET - Southeast Bulloch tries to shake off a four-game slide tonight as the Yellow Jackets travel to Eastman to take on Dodge County.
Will Rushing, Andrew Howell and Jake Hagan each scored touchdowns as Bulloch Academy blasted Robert Toombs 26-6 in junior varsity football action Thursday.
SYLVANIA - Screven County took down Southeast Bulloch by a count of 8-4 to sweep their doubleheader and clinch the consolation series of the Region 3-AA tournament Wednesday evening in Sylvania.
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.
BROOKLET - As volleyball's regular season enters its home stretch, Southeast Bulloch is looking to prove that last year's postseason run was no fluke.
The Statesboro High golf team has sent its boys squad to the state finals in each of the last two seasons.
It hasn't been the smoothest of sailing for the Statesboro Lady Blue Devils softball team this fall, but as the postseason begins, they have what everyone wants come this time of year - a chance to keep on playing.
PERRY - It was a David vs. Goliath storyline Friday night as Bulloch Academy marched into Marvin Arrington Stadium to face The Westfield School.
Friday night featured the 50th anniversary of Statesboro's 'homeless' 1964 squad finally making its first appearance on Womack Field.
LOUISVILLE - The Screven County Gamecocks were shut out for three quarters, but scored twice in the fourth quarter and escaped with a 12-7 win over Jefferson County in the region opener for both teams.
"Homecoming, at last!"
The Bulloch Academy Gators already have five games in the books, but more than half of their schedule is still in front of them.
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.