Statesboro needed one of its leaders to make a big play when it counted most, and Branden Williams was up to the challenge.
As the Bulloch Academy girls embark on a new season, a new leader is quickly emerging.
There is winning, and then there is winning with authority. Statesboro usually take the court with the latter on its mind.
It doesn't take much to get Statesboro going, and when the Blue Devils punch, it hurts.
The naysayers must be getting pretty tired of the Statesboro Blue Devils.
SAVANNAH - The Statesboro Blue Devils opened the 2010-11 basketball season with a pair of wins Friday and Saturday at the Windsor Forest tounament.
Bulloch Academy fought off a strong third-quarter charge from the Frederica Lady Knights and pulled away in the fourth for a 50-39 victory Thursday in the final day of the fifth annual Lady Gator Classic.
BROOKLET - As Southeast Bulloch prepares to tip off the new basketball season, there are still plenty of questions to be answered.
Last year, the Statesboro girls were just a few points away from reaching the Final Four in the state basketball tournament.
Statesboro's dramatic comeback win last week was one to be remembered, but for now, it has to get right back to business.
Bulloch Academy had three girls in double figures as the Lady Gators whipped Thomas Jefferson Academy 53-26 Wednesday in the second day of the Lady Gator Classic.
The special teams of Statesboro have been more than just special this season. They've been downright invaluable.
MOLENA - The Jenkins County JROTC Raiders completed their 2010 Raider season Saturday in Molena, Georgia at the national championship competition tying with Smith-Cotton High School from Sedalia, Missouri, the defending national champions.
When Statesboro's back was against the wall, Dequan Daniels dug deep and - along with the rest of his teammates - showed that the Blue Devils are region champions and a No. 1 seed for a reason.
The Metter cheerleading squad capped an impressive year last weekend as the Lady Tigers notched a 6th place finish at the GHSA Class A state competition in Columbus.
The Portal Panthers started the year with back-to-back wins, but they knew the schedule would get tougher as the year went on.
In 2009, Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th president of the United States of America and the nation's first African-American commander-in-chief. Pilot Chelsey B. "Sully" Sullenberger successfully crash landed a U.S. Airways jetliner with 155 people on board in the Hudson River.
Struggles at the beginning of the season put Statesboro in an unfamiliar spot.
BROOKLET - Southeast Bulloch has passed the first test, but there is still plenty more work to be done.
SYLVANIA - When Ron Duncan arrived at Screven County prior to the 2012 season, the Gamecocks were in a decade-long rut.
Halfway through the season, the Metter Tigers found themselves with their backs against the wall.
PORTAL - The Portal Panthers celebrated their homecoming two weeks ago, but a few more alums will get an encore performance when Jenkins County comes to town on Friday night.
BROOKLET - Since taking over at Southeast Bulloch in 2010, head coach Pat Collins has been consistent with his plans for the Yellow Jackets.
DUBLIN - Bulloch Academy's Lanier Olliff and Will Rushing combined for just 16 carries, but the duo amassed 216 yards and five touchdowns as they led the Gators to a dominating 42-16 victory over Trinity Christian School in GISA Region 2-AAA action at Cleve Warnock Stadium Friday night.
Statesboro entered Friday night's game on a two-game winning streak, but the top-ranked Gators from Ware County brought it to a screeching halt.
BROOKLET - It's safe to say that the rough start for Southeast Bulloch is all but forgotten.