There's an old saying that offense wins games, but defense wins championships.
SPRINGFIELD - For much of the season, Statesboro has been on and off. The offense and defense had both shown flashes of brilliance, but never at the same time.
Bulloch Academy takes on its third consecutive high-powered GISA Region 1-AAA opponent this week when the Southland Academy Raiders come to Gator Alley.
Much like a hole that doesn't quite suit a golfer's eye, there's something about making the trip to Springfield that rarely seems to agree with Statesboro.
BROOKLET - It's a new week, but the same old story for Southeast Bulloch.
SYLVANIA - Facing a must-win, best-of-three series against East Laurens Thursday in the GHSA Region 3-AA playoffs, the Screven County Lady Gamecocks didn't disappoint.
SYLVANIA - When the 2011 softball season began, Screven County had more questions than answers.
Many high-schoolers would find it hard to live up to expectations after being named to an All-State team in their sophomore season.
Three weeks ago, Southeast Bulloch was stunned as longtime rival Screven County came to town and took away a 1-0 victory.
PEMBROKE - The Bryan County Lady Redskins (22-7) wrapped up the regular season with a pair of wins over Effingham County Tuesday at home.
PORTAL - For three weeks, the Portal Panthers were forced to lick their wounds. Two consecutive blown second half leads and a tough sub-region road loss would be enough to dishearten most teams, but Portal bounced back with a vengeance in its 29-6 victory over Montgomery County last week.
SAVANNAH - The Southeast Bulloch Lady Yellow Jackets finished the regular season the same way it started - a two-run win over Calvary Day.
For much of the first half of the season, Statesboro - while ranked near the top of the state polls - has looked like a vulnerable team. In closing out the second half of last Friday's win over Lakeside, Evans to move to 5-0 on the season, the Blue Devils showed why so many pollsters think that they are such a dangerous team.
Bulloch Academy senior catcher Taylor Collins played her final regular-season game at home Monday.
Statesboro hasn't notched many style points this season.
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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