For the second consecutive week, it was a fourth quarter interception that was the main factor in a Statesboro victory.
CLAXTON - Claxton's star running back, Shavez Mincey, left the game with an injury midway through the second quarter, but the rest of the offense answered the bell.
BROOKLET-It wasn't as bad as it looked. Really. This isn't just a "hometown newspaper" thing.
Bulloch Academy turned five Tiftarea fumbles into points Friday night as the Gators pummeled the Panthers 48-7 in the GISA Region 1-AAA opener for both teams.
The Screven County Gamecocks picked up their first win of the season in the region opener, beating Jefferson County 31-19 in a back-and-forth affair with a wild fourth quarter.
Despite the relative closeness of the schools, tonight will mark just the second all-time meeting between Statesboro and Tattnall County when the two square off at Womack Field at 7:30 p.m.
After two weeks on the road battling non-region foes, Bulloch Academy begins its eight-game Region 2-IAAA schedule tonight at Gator Alley, hosting the winless Tiftarea Panthers.
PORTAL - After a stunning setback last week, the Portal Panthers will try to get back to their winning ways tonight as they travel over to Evans County to take on Claxton at 7:30 p.m.
BROOKLET-Southeast Bulloch has boiled tonight's matchup against Bleckley County down to a simple catchphrase - "Make them snap it again."
PEMBROKE - Last season, Mark Wilson struggled in his first year as the head coach at Bryan County. Trying to make some changes on a team that was heavy on youth and light on recent success, the Redskins stumbled to a winless 0-10 mark, but this season, a resurgence has Wilson and his team sitting at 2-0 through their first two games.
For many high school football teams, the goal is simply to find a way to put up the most points each week. For Statesboro, which can boast more wins than most, everything is about the bigger picture.
BROOKLET - A football team's biggest improvement comes between the first game of the season and the second game.
PORTAL - It was the best of halves and it was the worst of halves.
SANDERSVILLE - For three quarters, the House of Pain lived up to its name - then Statesboro dealt out some punishment of its own.
LYONS - Bulloch Academy scored three fourth-quarter touchdowns in a stunning 28-12 come-from-behind victory over Robert Toombs Christian Academy Friday night.
BROOKLET - The Southeast Bulloch Yellow Jackets enter the 2014 season with expectations of repeating - and building on - last year's trip to the state playoffs.
BROOKLET - The Southeast Bulloch Lady Yellow Jackets got back in the win column after a seven-game winning streak was snapped on Wednesday, pounding Islands 8-0 Thursday at home.
Working hard in a non-airconditioned weight room over the summer helped Bulloch Academy's players excel in their 48-6 destruction of First Presbyterian of Hinesville last week.
Last season, Lanier Olliff emerged from spring practice as the favorite to take over quarterbacking duties for Bulloch Academy as a sophomore.
BROOKLET - Southeast Bulloch suffered a setback Wednesday afternoon, falling to Richmond Hill by a count of 8-1 in a non-region matchup.
BROOKLET - Southeast Bulloch notched its biggest win of the season Tuesday evening, cruising past Johnson of Savannah in a 16-0 rout in the first game of a doubleheader.
Football is a sport that prides itself on toughness. From the first day of rec-league practice to a pregame speech before the Super Bowl, coaches will preach staying strong, finishing the drill, and being determined to 'want it more' than the opponent.
A huge venue and a showcase stage created a great atmosphere for Statesboro's season opener, but a 12-0 loss to Burke County went a long way in dampening the Blue Devils' moods Saturday night in the 3rd annual Erk Russell Classic at Paulson Stadium.
Due to a shortened fall camp and a rained out scrimmage, Bulloch Academy had plenty of concerns heading into its season opener against First Presbyterian Christian Academy Friday night at Gator Alley.
The Statesboro Blue Devils will get their season started in style this evening as they match up with Burke County in an 8 p.m. kickoff to round out the third annual Erk Russell Classic at Georgia Southern's Paulson Stadium.
The more things change, the more they stay the same.
The loss columns for both Bulloch Academy and First Presbyterian Christian Academy stand at '0' as the 2014 season kicks off at 7:30 p.m. tonight in Gator Alley, but each of the schools are looking to cast off losing streaks dating back to last fall.