BROOKLET - The Southeast Bulloch Lady Yellow Jackets (18-4-2) swept Dodge County Saturday to punch its ticket to the Region 3-AA championship Wednesday.
SWAINSBORO - Sparked by homecoming and a change in the quarterback slot, the Swainsboro Tigers (1-4, 1-2) came out hungry against the Southeast Bulloch Yellow Jackets (1-5, 0-4) and rushed their way to a 48-13 victory. Swainsboro went into the game averaging only nine points, but with Deante Johnson taking his first snaps at quarterback, the Tiger offense found its first win of the season behind 372 yards of rushing and a slew of big plays.
There's an old saying that offense wins games, but defense wins championships.
SPRINGFIELD - For much of the season, Statesboro has been on and off. The offense and defense had both shown flashes of brilliance, but never at the same time.
Bulloch Academy takes on its third consecutive high-powered GISA Region 1-AAA opponent this week when the Southland Academy Raiders come to Gator Alley.
Much like a hole that doesn't quite suit a golfer's eye, there's something about making the trip to Springfield that rarely seems to agree with Statesboro.
BROOKLET - It's a new week, but the same old story for Southeast Bulloch.
SYLVANIA - Facing a must-win, best-of-three series against East Laurens Thursday in the GHSA Region 3-AA playoffs, the Screven County Lady Gamecocks didn't disappoint.
SYLVANIA - When the 2011 softball season began, Screven County had more questions than answers.
Many high-schoolers would find it hard to live up to expectations after being named to an All-State team in their sophomore season.
Three weeks ago, Southeast Bulloch was stunned as longtime rival Screven County came to town and took away a 1-0 victory.
PEMBROKE - The Bryan County Lady Redskins (22-7) wrapped up the regular season with a pair of wins over Effingham County Tuesday at home.
PORTAL - For three weeks, the Portal Panthers were forced to lick their wounds. Two consecutive blown second half leads and a tough sub-region road loss would be enough to dishearten most teams, but Portal bounced back with a vengeance in its 29-6 victory over Montgomery County last week.
SAVANNAH - The Southeast Bulloch Lady Yellow Jackets finished the regular season the same way it started - a two-run win over Calvary Day.
For much of the first half of the season, Statesboro - while ranked near the top of the state polls - has looked like a vulnerable team. In closing out the second half of last Friday's win over Lakeside, Evans to move to 5-0 on the season, the Blue Devils showed why so many pollsters think that they are such a dangerous team.
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.