CLAXTON - The Claxton Tigers are counting their blessings this week after what appeared to be a serious injury to a star player has not only turned out to be a minor issue, but has also shown the team the abilities of a new breakout performer.
The standings don't take it into consideration, but all wins aren't created equal.
Five games in six days is a tough task for any team.
For the second consecutive week, it was a fourth quarter interception that was the main factor in a Statesboro victory.
CLAXTON - Claxton's star running back, Shavez Mincey, left the game with an injury midway through the second quarter, but the rest of the offense answered the bell.
BROOKLET-It wasn't as bad as it looked. Really. This isn't just a "hometown newspaper" thing.
Bulloch Academy turned five Tiftarea fumbles into points Friday night as the Gators pummeled the Panthers 48-7 in the GISA Region 1-AAA opener for both teams.
The Screven County Gamecocks picked up their first win of the season in the region opener, beating Jefferson County 31-19 in a back-and-forth affair with a wild fourth quarter.
Despite the relative closeness of the schools, tonight will mark just the second all-time meeting between Statesboro and Tattnall County when the two square off at Womack Field at 7:30 p.m.
After two weeks on the road battling non-region foes, Bulloch Academy begins its eight-game Region 2-IAAA schedule tonight at Gator Alley, hosting the winless Tiftarea Panthers.
PORTAL - After a stunning setback last week, the Portal Panthers will try to get back to their winning ways tonight as they travel over to Evans County to take on Claxton at 7:30 p.m.
BROOKLET-Southeast Bulloch has boiled tonight's matchup against Bleckley County down to a simple catchphrase - "Make them snap it again."
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.
Youngsters around the community showed off their football skills this week during the Gator Elementary Fundamental Football Camp hosted by Bulloch Academy.
Pretty soon, the winter won't be the only time of year in which the area's top basketball talent is on display.
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