BROOKLET - No matter the strategy of any football team, it's pretty likely that the team's head coach will preach special teams as one of the most important factors for success.
With Friday night's Fourth of July celebrations fresh in the minds of local residents, it's hard to believe that in just 50 days the midair explosions of fireworks will be replaced with the pad-crunching hard hits of Statesboro High football.
The Statesboro High baseball season is a distant memory and the Blue Devils' now-graduated star Jackson Ware has been committed to play at Mercer for over seven months.
COCHRAN - Many Southeast Bulloch Yellow Jackets are spending June at a variety of football camps, including some put on by Mike Hodges at Middle Georgia State College.
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Five Statesboro Blue Devils signed college scholarships on Monday at Statesboro High. Pictured left to right: Asia Crawford, Destinee Lanier, Andreas Ward, athletic director Ken LeCain, DeGamarri Matthews, and Walker Paul Tedders celebrate the five student athletes' announcing their college decisions Monday afternoon. Soccer players Crawford and Lanier will play at South Georgia College and USC-Shalkehatchie, respectively. Ward will run track for Georgia Tech and both Matthews and Tedders will take the soccer pitch for Middle Georgia.
Statesboro has its first ever individual state champion in girls golf as Sara Jane Bowers claimed victory in a sudden-death playoff Monday at Waynesboro Country Club in the Class AAAA championships.
The 2013-14 prep sports area season comes to an end with one last hurrah Monday as both the boys and girls golf squads from Statesboro High will compete in the Class AAAA state championships.
BROOKLET - The hallmark of a successful program isn't just past success, but the ability to eschew fond memories in favor of future potential.
When all was said and done at last weekend's state track and field championships in Jefferson, the Portal boys squad was able to bring home a top-20 finish.
PORTAL - When the Portal Panthers hit the football field this fall, they'll have more experience and seniority than in recent seasons.
PORTAL - Jon Willoughby will be introduced as the next head football coach of the Portal Panthers at a news conference Wednesday at 1 p.m.
The Statesboro boys track and field squad placed in six events, securing 38 points to finish fifth in the team competition at the Class AAAAA state championships Saturday in Jefferson. The overall finish was the highest for any Statesboro squad in over a decade.
Facing the defending state runners-up in Class AAAA soccer, Statesboro never wilted, but could never find the net.
AMERICUS - The Bulloch Academy Gators dropped the first of a three game series 2-1 at Southland Academy in the opening round of the GISA Class AAA state baseball playoffs on Friday.
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.
BROOKLET - Coming off a tough three-point loss to Bryan County last week, the Southeast Bulloch Yellow Jackets will look to notch their first win of the season tonight as they face the undefeated Dodge County Indians at Fred Shaver Field.
The last time Statesboro carried an 0-2 record into its third game of the season, the members of the 2014 Blue Devils were in diapers - if they had even been born yet. A team with a history of excellence such as Statesboro means that rough starts like the last 0-2 beginning in 1998 won't come around very often.
The third time will be the charm for the Bulloch Academy defense against highly-touted tailbacks.
SAVANNAH - The Screven County Gamecocks continued in dominating fashion on Thursday, hammering Windsor Forest 36-8 at Memorial Stadium.
Heading into the season, first-year Bulloch Academy coach Terrance Hennessy made it clear that one of his players would do a lot of the heavy lifting while new starters and younger players adjusted to new schemes and varsity competition.
TWIN CITY - Bulloch Academy freshman Kyle Samuels clocked a 20:26 to win a multi-team cross-country meet on the sandy and shady trails of George L. Smith State Park Monday.
PORTAL - It was barely a contest Tuesday afternoon as Portal bats and gloves alike caught fire to blow Claxton out of the water.
Statesboro High will honor its 1964 football team on its 50th reunion on Sept. 26-27.
When speaking of high school football, plenty of people love to wax poetic.