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.
For six years, the Southeast Bulloch school record for the 4x400 time was 3:28.88, that is until Cecil McCollum, Ladarion Fonseca, Javarious Spaulding and Justin Youmans shattered it by one second in one of the biggest meets of the season.
It was an explosive game for Bulloch Academy's baseball team on senior night Thursday afternoon. The Gators piled on seven runs in the first inning on the way to a 9-0 victory over Edmund Burke Academy for the final home game of the regular season.
The Bulloch Academy girls' track team rolled up 215 points to easily capture the GISA Region 2-AAA track and field crown Wednesday at the Georgia Southern track and field complex.
BROOKLET - The two games between Southeast Bulloch and Tattnall County Tuesday afternoon looked similar to a tale of two cities. The first game, a pitchers' duel ending in dramatic fashion. The second game, a 12-run blowout.
BROOKLET - The Southeast Bulloch High boys and girls track teams continued their region dominance Tuesday afternoon, sweeping the Region 1-AAA championship in front of a home crowd at Fred Shaver Field.
Before the start of the Region 1-AAA track and field championship Monday afternoon at Southeast Bulloch High School, assistant coach Laurie Pitts made a challenge to her son to set a personal best.
By HORACE HOLLOMAN
The regular season is over for Statesboro High School's baseball team and despite a rocky season, the Blue Devils are just two wins away from the state playoffs.
BROOKLET - Andrew Kalaani scored two second half goals to lead the Southeast Bulloch Yellow Jackets to a come-from-behind 4-1 win over Jenkins in the first round of the Region 1-AAA playoffs Tuesday night and clinching a spot in the state playoffs.
PORTAL - The Portal Panthers baseball squad battled the elements while also dealing with the fellow Panthers of Glascock County Monday evening.
In a cross-town rivalry, non-conference match between Southeast Bulloch and Statesboro High School, the Blue Devils got the best of its counterparts for the boys, while the girls game ended in a tie.
It didn't take long for the Panthers offense to get going Wednesday afternoon against Savannah Country Day in a 6-3 victory.