Things weren't looking great for Bulloch Academy during last week's game. With all-important playoff seeding on the line, the Gators trailed rival Pinewood Christian, 21-14, with just over 10 minutes to play.
Claxton's Michael Peel, seated in center, is joined by family and coaches as he signs his letter of intent to play baseball for the University of Georgia next season.
Bulloch Academy has endured a host of changes on the football field this season, but one constant remains. With the GISA state playoffs set to begin this week, the Gators (8-2) are one of just eight teams still in the hunt for the Class AAA title.
Statesboro and Bulloch Academy have playoff games to prepare for this week, but there are a handful of other football teams around the area that are done for the season. Their postseason dreams may have disappeared in the final week of the regular season, but there is a bright future waiting for those players that will return next year.
BELLVILLE - Bulloch Academy scored 28 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to outlast Pinewood Christian Academy Friday night and capture its second straight trip to the GISA Class AAA playoffs.
SAVANNAH - Stung by a 71-yard run by Calvary quarterback Jake Clemens the Portal Panthers suffered a second half collapse and dropped a 34-8 play-in game to the Cavaliers Friday night at M.C. Anderson Field.
For the second time in as many seasons, Statesboro is dancing its way into the GHSA state playoffs as a No. 1 seed and a region champion.
The Region 2-AAAA champion will be decided tonight as Ware County comes to Womack Field to take on Statesboro in a 7:30 p.m. kickoff.
PORTAL - For the last five games, Portal has looked like a state playoff team.
When two historic rivals square off on the football field, the game holds a lot of meaning for players, fans and alums.
PORTAL – As the Portal Panthers tucked themselves into bed on the night of Sept. 16, there wasn't a whole lot to be excited about on the football field. The Panthers had just suffered a 14-0 defeat to Johnson County in their first sub-region contest and had given up leads the previous two weeks in another pair of losses.
Haydon Rollins is all over the field for Statesboro. He consistently locks down the top receivers of opponents and is one of the biggest impact special teams players in the state.
The sub-region has been clinched for over two weeks, and now it's time for Statesboro to set its sights on goals that are a bit loftier.
BROOKLET - Southeast Bulloch faithful may well remember forever the final game played at historic Fred Shaver Field, but it will not be for the performance of the home squad.
EVANS - Greenbrier showed up with a bag of tricks, but in the end, it was Statesboro treating its hosts to a blowout.
BROOKLET - The boys of Southeast Bulloch were able to muscle out a victory over Islands early in the week, but a non-region visit from Claxton proved to be just a bit too much as the Tigers earned a 63-57 win Saturday night.
Bulloch Academy hit 9 of 27 free throws through three quarters Friday night in their home opener against Deerfield-Windsor, But seniors Marvin Perkins and Smith Reeves canned 6 of 8 from the charity stripe with under a minute left in the game as the Gators upset the squad from Albany 48-45.
BROOKLET - The Southeast Bulloch Yellow Jackets dominated Pierce County at home Friday winning 82-52.
In a heated battle of county rivals, four quarters of action just wasn't enough.
Editor's note: This article has been revised to reflect the following correction, which will appear in Saturday's print edition. Statesboro High School's boys basketball team won two games over Portal in the 2008-09 season, the last time the teams faced each other. Because of a reporter's error, a sports article on page 11 Friday incorrectly stated who won those games. The Statesboro Herald regrets the error.What's at stake?
Bulloch Academy senior Dylan Stuckey has been selected to play in the 2014 Georgia Independent School Association All-Star football game this Saturday in Macon.
Bulloch Academy is rarely at a loss to find a great athlete walking its halls, but senior Cody Lanier is taking things to a new level.
BROOKLET - The Southeast Bulloch boys dropped their season opener one week ago.
The Statesboro High girls got their Thanksgiving celebration off to an early start, feasting on Southeast Bulloch to claim a 65-18 victory Wednesday afternoon at the Devil's Den.
Much was made about the dominance of graduated Bulloch Academy wrestler Mitchell Ball and his three individual state championships.
The Statesboro girls were finally cooled off after a fast start, falling to Calvary Day by a count of 51-45 Monday evening in the first day of competition at the Blue Devils' annual 'Ladies Night Out' tournament.
CLAXTON - A raucous crowd turned up at the Pecan Grove to cheer on the Claxton Tigers as they hosted their first playoff game in over a decade.
SYLVANIA - The Screven County Gamecocks led at the half, but couldn't survive a second-half onslaught by Heard County and lost 28-6 on Friday in the second round of the GHSA Class AA state playoffs.
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