For Statesboro, the 2011 football season was supposed to be one that reaffirmed dominance and ended in a championship.
MACON - Austin Simmons rushed for 155 yards and scored four touchdowns to lead second-ranked Stratford Academy to a 42-7 over Bulloch Academy in the opening round of the GISA Class AAA playoffs.
It may only be the first round of the playoffs, but tonight's matchup between Statesboro and Thomas County Central has all the makings of a title bout.
In August, Bulloch Academy traveled to Sparta to meet GISA Class AAA megapower Stratford Academy in the John Hancock Preseason Kickoff Classic.
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.
GUYTON - The last thing Statesboro Coach Lee Hill wanted was a track meet, but that was what he got much to his chagrin.
After three months of grinding competition, prep basketball teams from around the area are priming for one more push that will either send them to the state tournament or send them home for a long offseason.
Bulloch Academy wrestlers won an incredible 12 of 14 weight classes en route to capturing the team's fourth consecutive region title Thursday.
The Statesboro Blue Devils find themselves in a familiar position again back in the state playoffs following their 74-65 win over Richmond Hill Friday night.
SAVANNAH - Lamont Ballard looked like the coolest person in the gym. And, as it turned out he was.
Jaylen Tolliver scored a game-high 21 points to lead Bulloch Academy to a 66-55 victory over Hilton Head Christian Academy Saturday afternoon.