BROOKLET - Over a month into the season, things seemed to be getting a bit dicey for Southeast Bulloch. A state playoff team last season, the Yellow Jackets stumbled their way to an 0-4 start thanks to a very tough slate of games to begin the year.
A season that started in the oppressive heat of August is cranking up the pressure just as the temperatures are cooling off.
Bulloch Academy pounded out 21 hits in two games to overpower Westwood Monday at Gator Alley in the opening round of the GISA Class AAA softball playoffs.
Bulloch Academy scored 23 unanswered points in the second quarter to break open a tight game to defeat the Brentwood Eagles 36-12 Friday night.
Allatoona 62, Alexander 21
BROOKLET - Southeast Bulloch Head Coach Pat Collins promised his 4-year-old daughter he would do a cartwheel after the Yellow Jackets won a game. Through the first four games of the season, he didn't have the opportunity to fulfill that promise.
CLAXTON - Quarterback Cornelious Taylor led the Claxton Tigers up and down the field and Portal couldn't keep up, as the Panthers fell 31-14 Friday in the Region 3A-A opener for both teams at the Pecan Grove.
DOUGLAS - An already rough season for Statesboro sustained another body blow Friday night as No. 5 Coffee dismantled the Blue Devils by a count of 35-7.
Despite the rough start to the season, Southeast Bulloch's dreams of reaching the state playoffs are within reach, but that journey starts tonight as the Yellow Jackets open subregion play against Beach High School.
In football, it's rare to find sympathy for a struggling team.
PORTAL - A cat fight is in store tonight as the Portal Panthers make the short trip to the Pecan Grove to take on the Claxton Tigers in each team's sub-region opener.
Three steps forward and two steps backward.
In addition to being one of the most electrifying players in the area, Claxton's Zach Grant has dealt with a bit more adversity than the average high school senior.
BROOKLET - The Southeast Bulloch Lady Yellow Jackets only had one senior to honor on Senior Night, but they went out with a bang anyway, topping Calvary Day 3-2 in the final regular-season game of the year.
Statesboro's softball team is in a bit of an unfamiliar position, but one they're glad to be a part of.
Jaylen Tolliver scored a game-high 21 points to lead Bulloch Academy to a 66-55 victory over Hilton Head Christian Academy Saturday afternoon.
Statesboro's boys basketball squad avenged an early-season loss, taking a quick lead and never looking back in a commanding 57-37 win over Swainsboro Tuesday evening at the Devil's Den.
Second-half surges lifted both Bulloch Academy basketball teams to region victories over Frederica Academy Tuesday night.
SAVANNAH - Bulloch Academy ran away with the first annual Cavalier Invitational wrestling tournament this past Saturday.
In just over five years, the South Georgia Fury softball club has gone from a struggling, two-team operation into a growing success story that will field six teams and showcase 70 players in dozens of tournaments throughout the spring and summer.
PORTAL - The Portal Panthers have found themselves in some close games over the last couple of weeks, but they weren't playing around against Emanuel County Institute Friday night.
Three seniors scored in double figures to lift the Bulloch Academy boys to their eighth straight win Friday night, outlasting GISA Region 2-AAA foe Trinity Christian School of Dublin 56-42.
GUYTON - The Statesboro Blue Devils improved to 12-8, 6-3 in Region 3-AAAAA with a 77-72 win on Friday at South Effingham.
Southeast Bulloch has shown flashes of greatness throughout the season, but has the unenviable position of playing in arguably the toughest region in Class AAA.
BROOKLET - In a script that has repeated itself several times already this season, Southeast Bulloch stood up to one of the top teams in its region, only to lose control of the game down the stretch.
SAVANNAH - It was, Portal Coach Jeff Brannen said, a typical matchup with Calvary Day School.
Stellar second-half performances saved Bulloch Academy from a pair of Region 2-AAA upsets Tuesday night.
CLAXTON - The Claxton Tigers entered Saturday night as the No. 2 team in the Class A power poll and a solid favorite over struggling Southeast Bulloch.
The Statesboro boys basketball team is right in the thick of things midway through the season, but it ran into a brick wall against No. 6 Brunswick Friday night at the Devil's Den.
PORTAL - Savannah Christian's Demetris Robertson was held to just 11 points and the Portal Panthers dominated for a 62-38 win on Friday at home.