When Matt Sheppard started his varsity football career at Bulloch Academy, he was a stocky linebacker.
The Georgia High School Association awarded Statesboro High School the 2013 Region 3-AAAA Cooperative Spirit Sportsmanship Award last month as the organization announced all of the GHSA-member high school winners from its 48 regions within Classes A through AAAAAA.
Many coaches will say that the biggest improvement for a football team occurs between the first and second game of the season. Statesboro High coach Steve Pennington is always looking for big leaps forward from his team, but there is no doubting that the Blue Devils looked more fluid and in sync in a 42-13 drubbing of Richmond Academy last week. Statesboro excelled in all facets of the game, moving the ...
BROOKLET - After battling cross-county rival Portal to a 0-0 stalemate in their season opener, the Southeast Bulloch Yellow Jackets got into the win column with a 35-20 victory over Montgomery County last week.
Adairsville 38, Armuchee 7 Alcovy 21, Perry 10 Allatoona 39, Paulding County 0 Alpharetta 36, Harrison 7 Americus Sumter 42, Dooly County 22 Aquinas 19, George Walton 16 Archer 21, East Coweta 17 Athens Christian 38, Banks County 7 Augusta Prep 33, Curtis Baptist 14 Baldwin 35, Peach County 21 Benedictine Military 49, Long County 0 Berkmar 35, Meadowcreek 7 Berrien 29, Brantley County 27 Bible Baptist 44, Hilton Head Christian Academy, S.C. 27 Bradwell ...
The Statesboro Blue Devils had to scratch out a tough win in their opening contest of the 2013 season, but had a much easier go of things the second time around.
PORTAL - Despite another strong defensive effort, the Portal Panthers continue to search for their first win of the 2013 season as they fell 14-0 to the Tattnall County Battle Creek Warriors Friday at the Portal Athletic Complex.
Lightning struck, both literally and figuratively, at Gator Alley Thursday night as Bulloch Academy shocked Bethesda 34-0.
One week after taking down Class AAAAA Lakeside in its home opener, the Statesboro Blue Devils face another tough test tonight as the Academy of Richmond County pays a visit to Womack Field in a Region 3-AAAA cross-over matchup.
One week after a scoreless tie against Southeast Bulloch High, the Portal Panthers will look to build on what they did well as they host the Tattnall County Battle Creek Warriors in the Panthers' home opener.
BROOKLET - There are plenty of mixed emotions for Southeast Bulloch coming off of its season-opening 0-0 tie against Portal last week. There is some disappointment over still having nothing to put in the win column after playing a team it had easily handled the previous season. There are also plenty of bright spots, such as recording the school's first shutout in eight seasons.
Brentwood used a four-run third inning to take down Bulloch Academy 7-1 in region play on Thursday.
Bulloch Academy head coach Ronnie Hodges needs only one word to describe his team's opponent tonight.
For years, being a wide receiver for Statesboro High has been a relatively thankless job. With each new season churning out more powerful offensive linemen and running backs, Blue Devil receivers have gotten used to blocking most of the time and have only looked forward to a few balls coming their way each season.
It was a solid start to the 2013 football season for all four Bulloch County schools last week. Bulloch Academy blazed a trail to a 45-0 rout, Statesboro once again prevailed in its annual tooth-and-nail street fight against Lakeside, and Southeast Bulloch and Portal - while neither can claim a win just yet - showed some grit and defensive muscle in their 0-0 tie that will come in handy once the offenses get in gear.
AUGUSTA - Two plays into Friday's Region 3-AAAA play-in game, the Statesboro Blue Devils found themselves trailing Glenn Hills 6-0.
PORTAL - Trailing by five with 5:45 remaining, Portal needed to go 80 yards to score the go-ahead touchdown in the Panthers' final game of the season.
BAXLEY - The Southeast Bulloch Yellow Jackets traveled to Baxley to face the Appling County Pirates on Friday, with a potential region title on the line. The Yellow Jackets fell short 42-21 and finish third in the final Region 1-AAA standings for 2013.
BELLVILLE - All week long, Bulloch Academy's coaching staff had warned their players about Pinewood Christian Academy quarterback Dalton Johnson.
The do-or-die portion of the season begins a week early for the Statesboro Blue Devils as they make the trip up to Augusta tonight to take on Glenn Hills in the Region 3-AAAA play-in round.
BROOKLET - No matter what Southeast Bulloch does in tonight's game against Appling County in Baxley, the Yellow Jackets know that they're headed to the Class AAA state playoffs.
Georgia Southern vs. Furman, Statesboro vs. Wayne County, Portal vs. Metter, Southeast Bulloch vs. Screven County - great rivalries help players get motivated for great games.
For the Portal Panthers, tonight's game is a chance to end a disappointing season with a win for the seniors and a chance to build momentum as they prepare to enter the offseason.
Last Friday saw the Southeast Bulloch football team take on Tattnall County in driving wind and rain. Thanks to junior linebacker Isaiah Francois, it was still smooth sailing for the Yellow Jackets.
With one week remaining in the regular season, there are still some seeding questions lingering for area football teams. That said, things are much clearer than they were just one week ago.
Bulloch County basketball fans can get themselves a sneak peak at the upcoming high school hoops season as Statesboro hosts Portal Saturday evening. The junior varsity squads will tip off at 6 p.m. with the varsity teams sche,duled to start around 7:30 p.m.