We're four weeks into the high school football season, and looking at the scores, you'd never know that Statesboro is ranked No. 3 in most state polls.
Statesboro missed out on a handful of great opportunities, but good teams persevere which was exactly what the Blue Devils did in outlasting Liberty County by a 17-14 margin Friday night at Womack Field.
CLAXTON-After leaving last weeks game on a stretcher against Portal, the Claxton High School Tiger's (3-1) Shavez Mincey returned to lead his team to a 34-6 victory over the Toombs County Bulldogs (0-4).
SYLVANIA-Screven County coach Greg Manior was concerned his team might be distracted by the week's homecoming activities. Aside from a halftime distraction for his kicker, the hoopla of the event seemed to have little effect.
ALBANY - Too big, too strong and too many.
The last time Statesboro and Liberty County got together on the football field, the Blue Devils walked into Hinesville as the No. 10 team in the state and left as victims of one of the season's biggest upsets.
Bulloch Academy takes a 3 1/2-hour bus ride to Albany today and it's not for the scenic view along the backroads and interstates of middle and south Georgia.
DUBLIN - Bulloch Academy scored four runs in the top of the sixth inning and held arch-rival Trinity Christian School in the bottom of the inning to take a 10-2 victory in GISA Region 4-AAA action Thursday.
PORTAL - After a pair of tough losses, Portal is looking to get things headed back in the right direction tonight as it takes on Johnson County in both teams' Region 3-A opener.
BROOKLET-Southeast Bulloch coach Pat Collins knows a thing or two about the rivalry between his Yellow Jackets and his former Screven County Gamecocks.
Most softball teams couldn't handle losing seven starting seniors. Then again, most teams aren't Screven County.
Second-string running backs are always just a play away from being the go-to guy.
Many great pitchers go their entire career without ever coming close to a perfect game. For Bryan County's Tiffany Howard, there are two to reflect on from this season alone.
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.
BROOKLET - Coming off a tough three-point loss to Bryan County last week, the Southeast Bulloch Yellow Jackets will look to notch their first win of the season tonight as they face the undefeated Dodge County Indians at Fred Shaver Field.
The last time Statesboro carried an 0-2 record into its third game of the season, the members of the 2014 Blue Devils were in diapers - if they had even been born yet. A team with a history of excellence such as Statesboro means that rough starts like the last 0-2 beginning in 1998 won't come around very often.
The third time will be the charm for the Bulloch Academy defense against highly-touted tailbacks.
SAVANNAH - The Screven County Gamecocks continued in dominating fashion on Thursday, hammering Windsor Forest 36-8 at Memorial Stadium.
Heading into the season, first-year Bulloch Academy coach Terrance Hennessy made it clear that one of his players would do a lot of the heavy lifting while new starters and younger players adjusted to new schemes and varsity competition.
TWIN CITY - Bulloch Academy freshman Kyle Samuels clocked a 20:26 to win a multi-team cross-country meet on the sandy and shady trails of George L. Smith State Park Monday.
PORTAL - It was barely a contest Tuesday afternoon as Portal bats and gloves alike caught fire to blow Claxton out of the water.
Statesboro High will honor its 1964 football team on its 50th reunion on Sept. 26-27.
When speaking of high school football, plenty of people love to wax poetic.
PORTAL - The Portal Panthers suffered their first setback of the season, falling 42-14 to Emanuel County Institute Friday night in the 36th meeting between the rival schools.
Bulloch Academy capitalized on three Gatewood fumbles and dominated the line of scrimmage to take a 33-7 victory over the visitors from Eatonton Friday night at Gator Alley.
Adairsville 35, Ringgold 0
BROOKLET - Most softball tournaments are scheduled for the preseason or for the region and state competitions, but down in Brooklet, an annual midseason tradition is about to renew itself.
PEMBROKE - In a battle of two teams searching for their first win of the season, it was Bryan County that came up with all of the big plays.
PORTAL - In football, no team can afford to be content.