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.
With its first road contest of 2011 on the schedule tonight, Statesboro will try to put the hurt on Washington County at "The House of Pain".
Speed and size will be the main weapons tonight when Bulloch Academy travels to Lyons to battle a deceptively-winless Robert Toombs Christian Academy.
BROOKLET – In a game where both starters were nearly untouchable, one pitcher had to take the offense into her own hands to earn the win.
BROOKLET - In a game where both starters were nearly untouchable, one pitcher had to take the offense into her own hands to earn the win.
Heading into the season, the Statesboro offense dominated the headlines. While the Blue Devils' defense wasn't spotlighted heading into their opening game, they wasted no time in making their presence known.
PEMBROKE - The Bryan County Lady Redskins (8-3, 3-1 Region 3A-A) saw two pitchers, Tiffany Howard and Alaina Walker (W, 3-1) combine for a perfect game as Savannah Country day fell 15-0 at BCHS Wednesday.
Football season is here, so admit it - you're ready for the helmet-rattling hits and to be a part of the raucous south Georgia fandom. You're ready for the anticipation of Friday night games and the growing hope of state championships rolling into Statesboro again.
PORTAL - When the Portal Panthers changed up their coaching staff and offense in the middle of spring practice, it seemed as though they were put squarely behind the eight ball. After their first game of the 2011 season, it looks like they're ahead of the game.
CLAXTON - What is the best way to put a program on course for a chance to win its first playoff game since 2001? Well, in the case of the Claxton Tigers, beating a rival for the first time in that same span is as good a start as any.
The Portal Panthers started the year with back-to-back wins, but they knew the schedule would get tougher as the year went on.
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Struggles at the beginning of the season put Statesboro in an unfamiliar spot.
BROOKLET - Southeast Bulloch has passed the first test, but there is still plenty more work to be done.
SYLVANIA - When Ron Duncan arrived at Screven County prior to the 2012 season, the Gamecocks were in a decade-long rut.
Halfway through the season, the Metter Tigers found themselves with their backs against the wall.
PORTAL - The Portal Panthers celebrated their homecoming two weeks ago, but a few more alums will get an encore performance when Jenkins County comes to town on Friday night.
BROOKLET - Since taking over at Southeast Bulloch in 2010, head coach Pat Collins has been consistent with his plans for the Yellow Jackets.
DUBLIN - Bulloch Academy's Lanier Olliff and Will Rushing combined for just 16 carries, but the duo amassed 216 yards and five touchdowns as they led the Gators to a dominating 42-16 victory over Trinity Christian School in GISA Region 2-AAA action at Cleve Warnock Stadium Friday night.
Statesboro entered Friday night's game on a two-game winning streak, but the top-ranked Gators from Ware County brought it to a screeching halt.
BROOKLET - It's safe to say that the rough start for Southeast Bulloch is all but forgotten.