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.
While the Statesboro High basketball team travels to Glynn Academy tonight, future members will be on display at the Devil's Den as Langston Chapel Middle School and William James Middle School square off.
MILLEN - The Portal Panthers improved to 4-0 in Region 3A-A play with a 68-67 win Tuesday on the road.
Seniors led the way Tuesday night as Bulloch Academy pounded cross-county rival Robert Toombs in both girls' and boys' basketball action.
BROOKLET - After a quick start, it seemed as though Southeast Bulloch might let one get away against Beach High.
PORTAL - Woodville-Tompkins out of Savannah is the lone new addition to Region 3-A this season.
ALAMO - The Claxton Tigers earned a pair of wins on Saturday at Wheeler County.
Bulloch Academy erased a 24-point halftime deficit but it wasn't enough to overcome the multi-national force of Furtah Prep Friday night.
One of the best things about sports - at least for those who enjoy more than just one particular sport - is that the pages on the calendar can turn without the fun and games ever coming to an end.
After a pair of hard-fought games over the weekend, Statesboro ended its annual Gentlemen's Classic in style.
PORTAL - The Portal Panthers played a top-5 team from Class AA for the second game in a row, and got another win.
PORTAL - It took all night for the Portal Panthers to finally take a lead.
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Nobody in Georgia seems to be able to beat the Bulloch Academy Lady Gators, but on Saturday at the Carolina Invitational, they played a team from Maryland.
PORTAL - In the past three weeks, Southeast Bulloch has taken on elite teams from all around Georgia.