For the second consecutive week, it was a fourth quarter interception that was the main factor in a Statesboro victory.
CLAXTON - Claxton's star running back, Shavez Mincey, left the game with an injury midway through the second quarter, but the rest of the offense answered the bell.
BROOKLET-It wasn't as bad as it looked. Really. This isn't just a "hometown newspaper" thing.
Bulloch Academy turned five Tiftarea fumbles into points Friday night as the Gators pummeled the Panthers 48-7 in the GISA Region 1-AAA opener for both teams.
The Screven County Gamecocks picked up their first win of the season in the region opener, beating Jefferson County 31-19 in a back-and-forth affair with a wild fourth quarter.
Despite the relative closeness of the schools, tonight will mark just the second all-time meeting between Statesboro and Tattnall County when the two square off at Womack Field at 7:30 p.m.
After two weeks on the road battling non-region foes, Bulloch Academy begins its eight-game Region 2-IAAA schedule tonight at Gator Alley, hosting the winless Tiftarea Panthers.
PORTAL - After a stunning setback last week, the Portal Panthers will try to get back to their winning ways tonight as they travel over to Evans County to take on Claxton at 7:30 p.m.
BROOKLET-Southeast Bulloch has boiled tonight's matchup against Bleckley County down to a simple catchphrase - "Make them snap it again."
PEMBROKE - Last season, Mark Wilson struggled in his first year as the head coach at Bryan County. Trying to make some changes on a team that was heavy on youth and light on recent success, the Redskins stumbled to a winless 0-10 mark, but this season, a resurgence has Wilson and his team sitting at 2-0 through their first two games.
For many high school football teams, the goal is simply to find a way to put up the most points each week. For Statesboro, which can boast more wins than most, everything is about the bigger picture.
BROOKLET - A football team's biggest improvement comes between the first game of the season and the second game.
PORTAL - It was the best of halves and it was the worst of halves.
SANDERSVILLE - For three quarters, the House of Pain lived up to its name - then Statesboro dealt out some punishment of its own.
LYONS - Bulloch Academy scored three fourth-quarter touchdowns in a stunning 28-12 come-from-behind victory over Robert Toombs Christian Academy Friday night.
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.
PORTAL - The Portal Panthers suffered their first setback of the season, falling 42-14 to Emanuel County Institute Friday night in the 36th meeting between the rival schools.