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.
HINESVILLE - The Statesboro Blue Devils made it two consecutive wins Friday night as they invaded Hinesville and picked up a 17-0 win over Bradwell Institute.
PORTAL - The Calvary Day Cavaliers showed on Friday how serious they are about a return trip to the Class A state championship in 2014.
PORTAL - There certainly isn't any rest for the weary.
After nearly two months of struggling, Statesboro broke into the win column last week with a 14-13 victory over Richmond Hill.
BROOKLET - The Yellow Jackets of Southeast Bulloch have been streaking in one way or another throughout the season.
The second barricade blocking Bulloch Academy's road to a possible GISA Region 2-AAA title will be put up tonight by Frederica Academy.
There's no denying that this hasn't been a typical season for Statesboro High football.
In the summer of 2011, the Statesboro volleyball team consisted of little more than a court, a net, and a handful of girls willing to try their hand at a new sport.
DUBLIN - The Screven County Gamecocks improve to 7-0 on the season and 3-0 in 3-AA play after a 28-21 win over East Laurens.
WAYNESBORO - Bulloch Academy won the battle of the wishbone offenses at Rogers Field Friday night to spoil Edmund Burke Academy's homecoming with a dominating 21-0 win.
Adairsville 49, Murray County 6
BROOKLET - A rough start is fading fast as Southeast Bulloch continues to build momentum.
A televised Thursday night game might have been just the spark that Statesboro needed.
BROOKLET - Now that Southeast Bulloch finally has a win under its belt, the Yellow Jackets can really get down to business.
The Portal Panthers will look to right the ship tonight and put an end to their three game losing streak as they travel to Savannah to take on Savannah Country Day in a Region 3A-A matchup.