By MATT YOGUS
BROOKLET - Tony Raymond has been busy since he entered Southeast Bulloch as a freshman. A baseball and basketball player already, Raymond decided to try his hand at football in 2007.
A big step towards a region championship. An inch closer to hosting a first-round playoff game. A fourth straight win. All big points of emphasis during the week leading up to tonight's monster of a game for Screven County against Swainsboro, right?
High-school homecomings conjure up memories of mums with the number of a specific football player in the middle, members of the homecoming court nervously walking across the field at halftime with each secretly wishing that their name would be called and the night-ending homecoming dance.
All of a sudden, the Statesboro Blue Devils find themselves with their backs against the wall heading into tonight's contest with Brunswick. With two region losses, in a four-way tie for second place and a home finale against region front-runner Ware County looming - the Devils are in a must-win scenario.
FLOWERY BRANCH - DeAngelo Hall made it through Day 1 of his media blackout.
It's no secret the Statesboro offense has struggled at times this year.
The Portal Panthers got their first win of the season in a 52-29 homecoming victory Friday against Calvary Day, and the offensive charge was led by senior quarterback Octavious Rawls.
DENVER - Mile high or sea level, these Boston Red Sox can't be stopped.
Time and time again, Statesboro looked poised to wake up and snatch away a win on the road at Effingham County. But much like the sloppy field conditions, the Blue Devils seemed to be stuck in the mud all night Friday, eventually losing to Effingham County 7-3 on a defensive touchdown late in the first quarter.
PORTAL – The Portal Panthers (1-7, 1-3 Region 3-AA) celebrated homecoming in style as they amassed 399 yards of total offense and demolished the visiting Calvary Day Cavaliers (1-6, 1-3) 52-29 in front of an excited PHS crowd.
The hype surrounding Trinity Christian School senior tailback Colby Jackson is all true.
METTER - The Screven County Gamecocks were riding high heading into their Friday night matchup with Metter. Locked up in a three way tie atop the Region 3-AA standings, SCHS made the most of its night. Travis Coles and the potent Screven rushing attack racked up 408 yards on the ground, running the Tigers off the field by the score of 48-7
BOSTON - First a blowout, then a nail-biter. October ace Curt Schilling and Boston's stingy bullpen figured out another way to stop Colorado.
BOSTON - Josh Beckett, Dustin Pedroia and the Boston Red Sox were revved up and ready. Not so the Colorado Rockies, who showed up in Beantown looking rusty not rested.
Whether it's games, recruiting, practicing or just general discussion, football season never really ends in Statesboro.
MIAMI - Even without four players, the Atlanta Hawks had more than enough.
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. - Padraig Harrington is a 36-hole leader on the PGA Tour for the first time in nearly five years and he knows he has a long way to go.
CHICAGO - The Chicago Bulls can breathe a little easier. They expect Derrick Rose to return this season from his latest knee surgery.
In his first season as Georgia Southern head coach, Willie Fritz guided the Eagles to a Sun Belt Championship in their inaugural season at the FBS level. Georgia Southern finished the season with a 9-3 mark, including a perfect 8-0 run through Sun Belt competition.
A federal judge has cleared the way for Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson to be reinstated, ruling that an NFL arbitrator "failed to meet his duty" in a child abuse case that shook the league.
ANAHEIM, Calif. - Los Angeles Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton is meeting with Major League Baseball officials about a disciplinary issue.
Nope, this isn't about Cormac McCarthy's novel. This is more along the lines of the aging process. I have listed some of the aggravations concerning this topic in the past. Namely stuff like the lessening of hand-eye coordination, lack of stamina, having to take numerous pills, and the inability to keep up with young boys on the basketball court to name a few. This issue reared its ugly head again recently battering me in a most merciless manner.
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Hawks took the lead with a 13-0 run in the third quarter and went on to a 104-87 victory Wednesday night over the Dallas Mavericks, who were without suspended guard Rajon Rondo.
INGLEWOOD, Calif. - The Inglewood City Council unanimously approved a $2 billion stadium plan backed by St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke that clears a path for the NFL to return to the Los Angeles area for the first time in two decades.
MIAMI - A chemist working out of his suburban South Florida garage was sentenced Wednesday to 18 months in prison for supplying banned performance-enhancing substances to a clinic whose customers included professional baseball players such as New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez.
ATLANTA - The Eastern Conference standings are not the only proof the Atlanta Hawks are mastering Mike Budenholzer's ball-sharing, pass-happy scheme.
INDIANAPOLIS - The questions were similar, and Dorial Green-Beckham had virtually the same response for each one.
FALL RIVER, Mass. - Two women who cleaned the home of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez testified Monday at his murder trial that they saw guns stashed in three places in his house before the killing.
The World Cup in Qatar keeps provoking outrage and breaking taboos.