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.
There were a lot of 'firsts' for Wyatt Morris as he signed his national letter of intent to play tennis at Brewton Parker College Thursday afternoon in Southeast Bulloch High School's media center.
It appears as though the tides have turned for female athletics at Portal Middle-High School. First the girls track team shocked Class A public schools by finishing second in the state competition. Just a few days later, the Lady Panthers' golf team narrowly missed earning a state title at the GHSA Class A golf championships.
In front of friends, family and fellow golfers, Statesboro High School's Jordan Woody signed his national letter of intent to attend Savannah State University on a golf scholarship Tuesday afternoon in the school's media center.
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.