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.
Statesboro defended its back yard. Now it's time to hit the road.
Throughout the season, the Statesboro rushing attack has been leading the charge, taking the Devils to the quarterfinal round of the GHSA Class AAAA playoffs to be held Friday at Kell.
CLAXTON - A raucous crowd turned up at the Pecan Grove to cheer on the Claxton Tigers as they hosted their first playoff game in over a decade.
SYLVANIA - The Screven County Gamecocks led at the half, but couldn't survive a second-half onslaught by Heard County and lost 28-6 on Friday in the second round of the GHSA Class AA state playoffs.
GHSA Playoff Scores
CLAXTON - For the first time since 2001, the Pecan Grove is preparing to host a postseason party.
Bulloch Academy's starting five were poetry in motion Thursday night against Augusta Prep in the third and final day of the ninth annual Lady Gator Classic preseason basketball tournament.
It was champion against champion in the final game on the second day of the ninth annual Lady Gator Classic pre-season basketball tournament Wednesday.
What a difference one offseason can make.
It was only the first game of the season for both schools, but Statesboro and Liberty County looked to be in midseason form as they gave the crowd at the Devil's Den a show Saturday evening.
After a longer offseason than most years in recent memory, the boys and girls of Statesboro basketball are ready to retake the court.
Statesboro's Michael Solomon was a new addition to the Blue Devils' starting lineup last season.
When the final Class A football power poll was released by the GHSA Tuesday morning, some area teams rejoiced while one other started packing away the pads for the winter.
After two seasons of heartbreak, the Jenkins County cross country team has finally reached the top of the mountain.
All of the regular season action on the field has concluded, but for area teams residing in Class A of the GHSA, all eyes will be on computer screens as the final step of the state playoff qualification process is about to play out.
Adairsville 49, Gordon Central 14
Deerfield-Windsor tailback Steven Williams didn't enter Friday night's GISA Class AAA first-round playoff game against Bulloch Academy until late in the second quarter.