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.
With its first road contest of 2011 on the schedule tonight, Statesboro will try to put the hurt on Washington County at "The House of Pain".
Speed and size will be the main weapons tonight when Bulloch Academy travels to Lyons to battle a deceptively-winless Robert Toombs Christian Academy.
BROOKLET – In a game where both starters were nearly untouchable, one pitcher had to take the offense into her own hands to earn the win.
BROOKLET - In a game where both starters were nearly untouchable, one pitcher had to take the offense into her own hands to earn the win.
Heading into the season, the Statesboro offense dominated the headlines. While the Blue Devils' defense wasn't spotlighted heading into their opening game, they wasted no time in making their presence known.
PEMBROKE - The Bryan County Lady Redskins (8-3, 3-1 Region 3A-A) saw two pitchers, Tiffany Howard and Alaina Walker (W, 3-1) combine for a perfect game as Savannah Country day fell 15-0 at BCHS Wednesday.
Football season is here, so admit it - you're ready for the helmet-rattling hits and to be a part of the raucous south Georgia fandom. You're ready for the anticipation of Friday night games and the growing hope of state championships rolling into Statesboro again.
PORTAL - When the Portal Panthers changed up their coaching staff and offense in the middle of spring practice, it seemed as though they were put squarely behind the eight ball. After their first game of the 2011 season, it looks like they're ahead of the game.
CLAXTON - What is the best way to put a program on course for a chance to win its first playoff game since 2001? Well, in the case of the Claxton Tigers, beating a rival for the first time in that same span is as good a start as any.
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.