We're four weeks into the high school football season, and looking at the scores, you'd never know that Statesboro is ranked No. 3 in most state polls.
Statesboro missed out on a handful of great opportunities, but good teams persevere which was exactly what the Blue Devils did in outlasting Liberty County by a 17-14 margin Friday night at Womack Field.
CLAXTON-After leaving last weeks game on a stretcher against Portal, the Claxton High School Tiger's (3-1) Shavez Mincey returned to lead his team to a 34-6 victory over the Toombs County Bulldogs (0-4).
SYLVANIA-Screven County coach Greg Manior was concerned his team might be distracted by the week's homecoming activities. Aside from a halftime distraction for his kicker, the hoopla of the event seemed to have little effect.
ALBANY - Too big, too strong and too many.
The last time Statesboro and Liberty County got together on the football field, the Blue Devils walked into Hinesville as the No. 10 team in the state and left as victims of one of the season's biggest upsets.
Bulloch Academy takes a 3 1/2-hour bus ride to Albany today and it's not for the scenic view along the backroads and interstates of middle and south Georgia.
DUBLIN - Bulloch Academy scored four runs in the top of the sixth inning and held arch-rival Trinity Christian School in the bottom of the inning to take a 10-2 victory in GISA Region 4-AAA action Thursday.
PORTAL - After a pair of tough losses, Portal is looking to get things headed back in the right direction tonight as it takes on Johnson County in both teams' Region 3-A opener.
BROOKLET-Southeast Bulloch coach Pat Collins knows a thing or two about the rivalry between his Yellow Jackets and his former Screven County Gamecocks.
Most softball teams couldn't handle losing seven starting seniors. Then again, most teams aren't Screven County.
Second-string running backs are always just a play away from being the go-to guy.
Many great pitchers go their entire career without ever coming close to a perfect game. For Bryan County's Tiffany Howard, there are two to reflect on from this season alone.
CLAXTON - The Claxton Tigers are counting their blessings this week after what appeared to be a serious injury to a star player has not only turned out to be a minor issue, but has also shown the team the abilities of a new breakout performer.
The standings don't take it into consideration, but all wins aren't created equal.
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.