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.
LONDON - Rejected time and again for the 2022 Winter Olympics, the IOC will soon be seeking suitors for the 2024 Summer Olympics.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Alex Gordon took a big rip at a batting-practice fastball, fouled it off badly into the cage, and ducked when the carom nearly hit him in the head.
The Southeastern Conference might have a trump card it can use against the Big 12 when it comes time to set the field for the College Football Playoff.
ASH, England - Defending champion Graeme McDowell's comeback fell short, while Henrik Stenson rallied from three holes down with success at the World Match Play Championship on Thursday.
In the midst of their worst slide since Rex Ryan became coach, the last thing the New York Jets need is a trip to New England.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Crown these Royals the American League champions.
SAN FRANCISCO - Once the Giants finally got a bunt down, the rest was easy.
After two decades of European dominance in the Ryder Cup, the Americans have created a task force to figure out why they keep losing.
Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive will retire next summer after 13 years leading the league to unprecedented success and prosperity.
PRETORIA, South Africa - Oscar Pistorius is a "broken man" after killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp and has already suffered emotionally and financially, a psychologist called by the Olympic runner's lawyers testified Monday ahead of his sentencing.
West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck takes what he calls a lawyerly approach to talking about his involvement with the College Football Playoff selection committee.
BALTIMORE - The Kansas City Royals prefer to simply savor their exceptional performance at Camden Yards rather than ponder the historical ramifications of where it's gotten them.
BALTIMORE - Alex Gordon hit a tiebreaking homer in the 10th inning, Mike Moustakas added a two-run shot and the Kansas City Royals defeated the Baltimore Orioles 8-6 Friday night in the opener of the AL Championship Series.
The Heisman Trophy race, much like the playoff chase, took a detour last weekend. The presumptive favorite, Marcus Mariota of Oregon, was unable to prevent his team from being upset. Dak Prescott emerged as a legitimate contender for Mississippi State and a couple of guys who were trending in September - Kenny Hill of Texas A&M and Ameer Abdullah of Nebraska - cooled off.
NAPA, Calif. - Martin Laird wasn't sure what to expect out of his game after a seven-week break. He hasn't found too much wrong after two rounds of the Frys.com Open.