Bulloch Academy begins its eight-game region schedule tonight, traveling 3 ½ hours to south Georgia to face the Tiftarea Panthers.
PORTAL - Cherard Freeman knows players can be successful even while playing on both sides of the line of scrimmage. Still, he's awfully glad to be getting his quarterback back.
SWAINSBORO - Tiffany Burns was one hit away from the cycle, and it was the easy one.
Bulloch Academy is flying high after a 2-0 start to the new season, but the Gators will have to be in top form Friday as they take on Tiftarea.
METTER - Ciera Clark's RBI single in the top of the sixth drove in Hannah Denmark and propelled Southeast Bulloch (8-5) to a 2-1 win Wednesday at Metter.
When Megan Moore threw a one-hit shutout in a rivalry game against Emanuel County Institute in region action last week, it was as good as it gets.
Southeast Bulloch is off to a 2-0 start in 2010 thanks in large part to a vastly improved defense. Through the first two weeks, the Yellow Jackets are allowing 30.9 fewer points per game than last season.
PEMBROKE - Last week, 15-year-old Dalton Raulerson of Pembroke suited up for his first game as a member of the Pinewood Christian Academy varsity football team.
SYLVANIA - Game planning for ways to beat Screven County doesn't take much time. Not because the Lady Gamecocks are easy opponents, but rather because there are so few ways to avoid their seemingly endless strengths.
He may not be the biggest player on the football field, but no one stands taller for Statesboro High than 5-foot-7 senior running back Aaron Lester.
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Senior James Brack scored on both offense and defense as classmate John Harden broke into the record book twice in Bulloch Academy's 40-7 thrashing of Robert Toombs Christian Academy Friday night at Gator Alley.
METTER - The Portal Panthers had enough left over for one second-half push, but their 17-play, six-minute, 20 second, 57-yard drive stalled at the Metter 5-yard line as they fell 13-7 Friday at the hands of the Tigers in The Jungle.
BROOKLET - Pat Collins teaches math. So the Southeast Bulloch head coach had little trouble figuring out Friday night's results.
In a game that promised to have two talented teams squaring off in a playoff-type atmosphere, this one more than lived up to the billing.
The Portal Panthers started the year with back-to-back wins, but they knew the schedule would get tougher as the year went on.
In 2009, Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th president of the United States of America and the nation's first African-American commander-in-chief. Pilot Chelsey B. "Sully" Sullenberger successfully crash landed a U.S. Airways jetliner with 155 people on board in the Hudson River.
Struggles at the beginning of the season put Statesboro in an unfamiliar spot.
BROOKLET - Southeast Bulloch has passed the first test, but there is still plenty more work to be done.
SYLVANIA - When Ron Duncan arrived at Screven County prior to the 2012 season, the Gamecocks were in a decade-long rut.
Halfway through the season, the Metter Tigers found themselves with their backs against the wall.
PORTAL - The Portal Panthers celebrated their homecoming two weeks ago, but a few more alums will get an encore performance when Jenkins County comes to town on Friday night.
BROOKLET - Since taking over at Southeast Bulloch in 2010, head coach Pat Collins has been consistent with his plans for the Yellow Jackets.
DUBLIN - Bulloch Academy's Lanier Olliff and Will Rushing combined for just 16 carries, but the duo amassed 216 yards and five touchdowns as they led the Gators to a dominating 42-16 victory over Trinity Christian School in GISA Region 2-AAA action at Cleve Warnock Stadium Friday night.
Statesboro entered Friday night's game on a two-game winning streak, but the top-ranked Gators from Ware County brought it to a screeching halt.
BROOKLET - It's safe to say that the rough start for Southeast Bulloch is all but forgotten.
The Statesboro Blue Devils are coming off a pair of wins that have given them a spark after an 0-5 start to the season.
PORTAL - The road doesn't get any easier for the Portal Panthers tonight as they face their sixth consecutive opponent that will likely make the Class A state playoff field in November.
Bulloch Academy will have to find a way to derail the 'Payne Train' tonight when they face Trinity Christian School in a key GISA Region 2-AAA matchup at Cleve Warnock Stadium in Dublin.