The playoffs don't technically begin until next week, but it's do-or-die for the Statesboro Blue Devils from here on out.
Bulloch Academy's biggest rival invades the Westside Road fortress tonight, bent on spoiling both Senior Night and post-season plans.
BROOKLET - Win or lose, the Southeast Bulloch Yellow Jackets will wrap up their most successful regular season in several years tonight as they host Appling County.
PORTAL - There's no denying that it has been a long, tough season for the Portal Panthers. Nine games into the season, the Panthers are still winless, but they hope to salvage at least one victory as they head to Gibson to take on Glascock County.
With a spot in the GISA state playoffs on the line last week, the Bulloch Academy Gators came up big. A 31-6 victory over Southland Academy clinched a top-4 finish for the Gators in their region and reserved a place in the postseason.
With just one more week of regular season action to go, the standings have shaken out and most teams from around the area have a good sense of where they are - or aren't - heading when the playoff brackets come out next week.
Bulloch Academy's big-play offense broke open a defensive struggle for a 31-6 homecoming victory over Southland Academy in GISA Region 1-AAA action at Gator Alley Friday night.
JESUP - In a game that shaped up to be a defensive struggle, it was the Statesboro defense that did most of the struggling.
SYLVANIA - Jeremy Johnson accounted for 208 total yards and five touchdowns to lead the Screven County Gamecocks to their first region championship in a decade Friday night, defeating the Josey Eagles 40-12 as members of the 2002 Gamecock state-champion squad watched from the stands.
Homecoming should be a great time in a high-school student's life and the Bulloch Academy Gators have had fun with dress-up days, class skits, helping the girls with powder-puff football practice and other school-spirit events this week.
The goals of the Statesboro Blue Devils rarely change.
BROOKLET - The Southeast Bulloch Yellow Jackets continue their quest for the state playoffs tonight as they travel to face the Battle Creek Warriors of Tattnall County tonight at 7:30 p.m.
PORTAL - The Portal Panthers' rocky road has one more huge boulder laying in the way tonight as Portal heads to Savannah to take on No. 10 Calvary Day.
Bulloch Academy senior Anna Newton has been named one of only 10 female Georgia finalists in the annual Wendy's High School Heisman program.
The Statesboro defense has allowed just six points in its last 16 quarters of game action and Jacob Schofill is a big reason for the Blue Devils' dominance.
SEB got another star performance from their ace Madison Fields as she struck out 12 batters in a 5-1 win over Islands High School.
By CHRIS STANLEY
Last week I titled the beginning of this series "High School football is dumb, let's make it smart" for two reasons.