Trailing Wheeler County 7-0 in last week's pivotal Region 3-A game, Portal needed a spark. Showing some senior leadership, Isiah Rich stepped up and made something happen.
For the third straight season, Bryan County is in the Elite Eight of the Class A state playoffs.
When Statesboro last went under the Friday night lights, it was still in a battle for control of its sub-region.
By RAHN HUTCHESON
PORTAL - Nearly half of Portal's roster was on the field to be recognized at Senior Night Friday. If the Panthers keep playing like they have been, those 15 seniors might still have plenty of games to look forward to.
CLAXTON-Special teams became the deciding factor for Bryan County's (6-2, 2-2) 13-12 win over the Claxton Tigers (4-4, 1-4). Sophomore kicker Ty Wilson would hit a pair of field goals from 28 and 15 yards to give the Redskins the edge.
Bulloch Academy made its final home game of the season a memorable one as the Gators trounced longtime rival Trinity Christian School 35-7 Friday night.
PORTAL - With wins in each of its last three games, Portal has found itself at the top of the sub-region standings. Tonight, the Panthers (4-3, 3-1 Region 3-A) will try to stay on the right track as it hosts Wheeler County at 7:30 p.m.
It's the final home game for Bulloch Academy and an old rival visits Gator Alley to try and play spoiler for any of BA's post-season dreams.
CLAXTON - A pair of postseason aspirations are on the line tonight as Bryan County travels to The Pecan Grove to take on Claxton in a Region 3E-A showdown.
ADEL - The Southeast Bulloch Yellow Jackets (22-7-2) went back and fourth on the road against Cook, but took Game 3 in the second round of the GHSA Class AA state playoffs with a 7-5 win Thursday.
ADEL - The Southeast Bulloch Yellow Jackets (21-7-2) split a doubleheader with Cook Wednesday on the road in the second round of the GHSA Class AA state playoffs.
In a season that Southeast Bulloch has made primarily about power pitching and aggressive, small-ball offense, one of its biggest bats made some noise when they needed it most.
Statesboro is used to many different players racking up the rushing yards, but got some big production from a rather unlikely source last week.
With just two weeks left before the Region 3-A play-in round to determine which four of its schools will advance to the state playoffs, there is still much to be decided and many area teams still in the hunt.
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.