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.
PORTAL - It was the best of halves and it was the worst of halves.
SANDERSVILLE - For three quarters, the House of Pain lived up to its name - then Statesboro dealt out some punishment of its own.
LYONS - Bulloch Academy scored three fourth-quarter touchdowns in a stunning 28-12 come-from-behind victory over Robert Toombs Christian Academy Friday night.
With its first road contest of 2011 on the schedule tonight, Statesboro will try to put the hurt on Washington County at "The House of Pain".
Speed and size will be the main weapons tonight when Bulloch Academy travels to Lyons to battle a deceptively-winless Robert Toombs Christian 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.
Terence Hennessy returns to Rogers Field on the campus of Edmund Burke Academy tonight for the first time since he traded his red and white shirts for green and gold ones.
There's no good way to sugarcoat it.
BROOKLET - Over a month into the season, things seemed to be getting a bit dicey for Southeast Bulloch. A state playoff team last season, the Yellow Jackets stumbled their way to an 0-4 start thanks to a very tough slate of games to begin the year.
A season that started in the oppressive heat of August is cranking up the pressure just as the temperatures are cooling off.
Bulloch Academy pounded out 21 hits in two games to overpower Westwood Monday at Gator Alley in the opening round of the GISA Class AAA softball playoffs.
Bulloch Academy scored 23 unanswered points in the second quarter to break open a tight game to defeat the Brentwood Eagles 36-12 Friday night.