Usually, freshmen are just some players that are waiting for their chance to shine in a year or two, or possibly serving as a capable backup.
COCHRAN - The Southeast Bulloch Lady Yellow Jackets had a chance in both games of Wednesday's Region 3-AA championship, but let both slip away in a doubleheader that left Bleckley County as the 2011 region champs.
There may have been some concern amongst the ranks of Statesboro fans when they learned that running back Quan Daniels was out of action with an injury last week.
Southeast Bulloch has a chance to clinch a region title and a No. 1 seed in the state playoffs as it travels to Bleckley County this afternoon to begin a best-of-three series.
The Bulloch Academy bandwagon is beginning to fill up - partly because of another Gator win last week, but also because many of its players aren't up for walking on their own at the moment.
BROOKLET - The Southeast Bulloch Lady Yellow Jackets (18-4-2) swept Dodge County Saturday to punch its ticket to the Region 3-AA championship Wednesday.
SWAINSBORO - Sparked by homecoming and a change in the quarterback slot, the Swainsboro Tigers (1-4, 1-2) came out hungry against the Southeast Bulloch Yellow Jackets (1-5, 0-4) and rushed their way to a 48-13 victory. Swainsboro went into the game averaging only nine points, but with Deante Johnson taking his first snaps at quarterback, the Tiger offense found its first win of the season behind 372 yards of rushing and a slew of big plays.
There's an old saying that offense wins games, but defense wins championships.
SPRINGFIELD - For much of the season, Statesboro has been on and off. The offense and defense had both shown flashes of brilliance, but never at the same time.
Bulloch Academy takes on its third consecutive high-powered GISA Region 1-AAA opponent this week when the Southland Academy Raiders come to Gator Alley.
Much like a hole that doesn't quite suit a golfer's eye, there's something about making the trip to Springfield that rarely seems to agree with Statesboro.
BROOKLET - It's a new week, but the same old story for Southeast Bulloch.
SYLVANIA - Facing a must-win, best-of-three series against East Laurens Thursday in the GHSA Region 3-AA playoffs, the Screven County Lady Gamecocks didn't disappoint.
SYLVANIA - When the 2011 softball season began, Screven County had more questions than answers.
Many high-schoolers would find it hard to live up to expectations after being named to an All-State team in their sophomore season.
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.
Over the course of a long basketball season, the goal is always to peak at the right time.