TWIN CITY - It was Emanuel County Institute's homecoming, but the Portal Panthers were the ones that made a statement.
The homecoming festivities are usually saved for halftime, but Statesboro wasn't willing to wait that long.
All week long, Bulloch Academy head coach Ronnie Hodges had elevated Sherwood Christian Academy senior running back MJ Green and junior quarterback Brett Shepard to near superstar status.
BROOKLET - Hand it to the Southeast Bulloch Yellow Jackets. They didn't exactly schedule a cupcake for homecoming.
After overcoming some injuries and adversity last week, Statesboro has a chance to make a major statement on homecoming.
PORTAL - Two weeks ago, Portal took a big step in notching its first sub-region win of the season. Tonight, another big challenge awaits.
BROOKLET - Times may be tough for the Southeast Bulloch football team, but there's nothing like homecoming week to put an extra spark into things.
On the Sherwood Christian Academy football roster, seniors MJ Green and Rashard Davis don't have a position on offense.
Lanier Olliff scored three different ways Thursday to lead Bulloch Academy to a 35-6 victory over David Emanuel Academy in middle-school football action.
Many teams would be sweating bullets if they had to rely on their third string running back in a big sub-region game. Statesboro just looks at its depth chart and sends in another lethal weapon.
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.
The sound of Statesboro High football coach Steve Pennington screaming instructions to his players in a long sleeve jacket in 91 degree weather can mean only one thing-football is back for the Blue Devils.
In just three short years high school football participation has decreased by 10 percent, according to statistics from the National Federation of State High School Associations- and many states are beginning to take notice.
One of the most accomplished athletes in recent history at Bulloch Academy made her move to the next phase of her athletic career Tuesday afternoon in front of friends, family and teammates.
Portal High School's girls track and field team showed they can compete with any school at the state level, despite not having a home track to practice on.
PORTAL - In just a few short years, the Portal girls golf team has gone from a brand new program to a local power.
After a thrilling final week of the regular season, the Gators of Bulloch Academy are set to open the GISA Class AAA state baseball playoffs this afternoon.
After the bell rang to dismiss class for the day at Metter High School, Chris Johnson walked with a purpose Thursday afternoon as he trotted on the Tigers' practice field.
BROOKLET - The Yellow Jackets dropped two consecutive games at home for the first time since the start of the season to end the team's hope of a state title Wednesday afternoon.
BROOKLET- High school baseball aficionados in and around southeast Georgia predicted it would be a rebuilding year for the Yellow Jackets. After hosting a home state-playoff game and advancing to the Sweet 16 in the state tournament, it's safe to say those baseball "experts" were wrong.
BROOKLET - With a thrilling 4-3 victory over Jackson High in the first round of the state playoffs, the Lady Yellow Jackets of Southeast Bulloch (12-6-1) are one step closer to advancing to the "Elite Eight" round.
ALBANY – Work hard, be humble and good things will happen.