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.
Statesboro High football is synonymous with success. From its history of five state championships to its recent region titles to the Prow Bowler and Super Bowl champion that it can count among its ranks, there is no denying the school's high standing. But over the last decade or so, those Blue Devil teams - while still strong and relevant on the state level - have been seen as a bit one-dimensional. From the ...
BROOKLET - With 8.5 seconds remaining in a scoreless game, Southeast Bulloch sophomore Ethan Sandhagen hooked a 32-yard field goal attempt which resulted in the Yellow Jackets and their cross-county rival Portal Panthers ending their season-opening game in a 0-0 tie.
When Statesboro and Lakeside get together, nothing ever comes easy. The Blue Devils drove for a touchdown on their first possession of the season, but a 98 yard kick return touchdown and a safety put Statesboro in a fourth quarter hole. Up to the challenge, a pair of late scoring drives and some tough-as-nails defense powered Statesboro ahead at the wire to claim a 25-15 victory Friday night at Womack Field. ...
The Bulloch Academy Gators couldn't have asked for a better start to their season.
BROOKLET - For the fourth consecutive season Southeast Bulloch and Portal will make the opening night of high school football an all-Bulloch County affair.
The Statesboro Blue Devils open up a brand new season with an old rival tonight as Lakeside, Evans comes calling for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff at Womack Field.
A lack of pre-season playing time has hampered Bulloch Academy's preparation for tonight's season-opener against the St. Andrew's Fighting Lions from Wilmington Island.
A season-opening date with defending state champion Emanuel County Institute seemed like a high hurdle for Metter, but the Tigers pulled one of the biggest upsets of the first week of the high school season with a 21-20 victory last Saturday at the Erk Russell Classic.
As the Statesboro Blue Devils prepared for the 2012 football season, the plan appeared to be simple. With a wishbone attack and a deep stable of running backs, the Devils looked to 6-foot-5, 300-pound tackle John Underwood to clear the way for plenty of success on the ground. But Underwood's season lasted all of one play. On his first snap of a preseason scrimmage, Underwood got his left leg caught under a ...
METTER - The Metter Tigers were honored and excited to participate in the first game of the first ever Erk Russell Classic last season at Paulson Stadium. After suffering a 42-7 defeat at the hands of Emanuel County Institute, it would have been understandable to see less enthusiasm for a second appearance in the Classic - facing the now-defending state champion Bulldogs from ECI.
Metter got its football season off to a dramatic start, stunning defending Class A state champion Emanuel County Institute by a count of 21-20 in the second game of Saturday's Erk Russell Classic at Paulson Stadium. A blowout loser in last season's inaugural Erk Russell Classic game, the Tigers showed some changed stripes. Metter took an early lead, never trailed, then held off an ECI rally in the closing ...
It was a tough day on the softball diamond for Bulloch County teams. Portal dropped a pair of close contests and Statesboro lost all three of its games as the annual Battle in the Boro came to a close Saturday at Mill Creek Regional Park.
For the second time in as many tries, Keri Carter was able to keep the Statesboro bats at bay to give the Portal Lady Panthers a win.
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.