"Homecoming, at last!"
The Bulloch Academy Gators already have five games in the books, but more than half of their schedule is still in front of them.
The Bulloch Academy Lady Gators have seen a long run of excellence on the softball diamond. Unsurprisingly, each year seems to bring about a new group of veteran leaders who lead the team through a tough region slate and on into the postseason.
DUBLIN - Seniors Kristin Kingery and Powell Fennell had three hits each to lead Bulloch Academy to a 5-2 victory over Trinity Christian School Thursday in GISA Region 2-AAA action.
Alpharetta 35, Lambert 17
A big running back and an even bigger offensive line usually mean a win every time.
GUYTON - The Statesboro Blue Devils continued their early season struggles Friday, dropping a 17-0 decision at South Effingham in being shut out for the second time in three games.
BROOKLET - Dodge County jumped out to a quick 14-0 lead midway through the first quarter and didn't look back as the Indians ran past the Southeast Bulloch Yellow Jackets 24-6 Friday night in a game delayed 15 minutes due to lightning in the area.
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.
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.
Allatoona 62, Alexander 21
BROOKLET - Southeast Bulloch Head Coach Pat Collins promised his 4-year-old daughter he would do a cartwheel after the Yellow Jackets won a game. Through the first four games of the season, he didn't have the opportunity to fulfill that promise.
CLAXTON - Quarterback Cornelious Taylor led the Claxton Tigers up and down the field and Portal couldn't keep up, as the Panthers fell 31-14 Friday in the Region 3A-A opener for both teams at the Pecan Grove.
DOUGLAS - An already rough season for Statesboro sustained another body blow Friday night as No. 5 Coffee dismantled the Blue Devils by a count of 35-7.
Despite the rough start to the season, Southeast Bulloch's dreams of reaching the state playoffs are within reach, but that journey starts tonight as the Yellow Jackets open subregion play against Beach High School.
In football, it's rare to find sympathy for a struggling team.
PORTAL - A cat fight is in store tonight as the Portal Panthers make the short trip to the Pecan Grove to take on the Claxton Tigers in each team's sub-region opener.
Three steps forward and two steps backward.
In addition to being one of the most electrifying players in the area, Claxton's Zach Grant has dealt with a bit more adversity than the average high school senior.