The only thing at stake for the Bulloch Academy Gators tonight when they host Memorial Day School is their character.
For Statesboro's 21 seniors, Friday night's game is about one thing: revenge.
The last two years have been tough for the Metter Tigers. Winless since the move to GHSA Class AA, MHS has had to find a way to keep its spirits up.
It's times like these I wish I were a beaver so I could break up this logjam.
ATLANTA - Vernon Davis hauled in the hurried pass from Alex Smith and saw nothing but end zone. Chris Crocker didn't give up, though, and his shoestring tackle wound up saving a rare win for the Atlanta Falcons.
BROOKLET – Four Metter turnovers and a missed extra point were the difference as the Tigers extended their losing streak to 22 and the Southeast Bulloch Yellow Jackets (2-7, 1-5 Region 3-AA) got their first region win of 2007 as SEB knocked off the visitors 14-13 on senior night at Fred Saver Field Friday.
BRUNSWICK – Statesboro's defense forced six turnovers and the Blue Devils rode a defensive touchdown from Bryant Roberts to beat Brunswick 14-10 Friday at Glynn County Stadium.
Screven County's Gamecocks scored first, but Swainsboro scored the last 31 to take a 31-7 victory in a crucial 3AA game in Sylvania Friday night.
Three interceptions, two fumbles and one large Windsor Academy fullback named Dillion Mitchell stopped Bulloch Academy's quest for a Class AA playoff berth.
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.
ATHENS, Ga. - Michael Phelps has never been the patient type.
Youth travel baseball team Around the Horn 13AAA, won the USSSA Southeast State Championship held at Mill Creek Regional Park last week.
SAO PAULO - Goalkeeper Sergio Romero saved two penalties Wednesday to send Argentina into the World Cup final with a 4-2 shootout win over the Netherlands after the game finished in a 0-0 stalemate.
WASHINGTON - NCAA President Mark Emmert told a Senate committee Wednesday he supports "scholarships for life" and other reforms in how athletes are treated, then did such a good job of casting himself as a powerless figurehead that one senator told him: "I can't tell whether you're in charge or whether you're a minion."
In just three years, Statesboro High has turned a fledgling volleyball program - with next to no previous experience in the sport - into a two-time state playoff qualifier.
BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil - With Neymar out injured, just about everyone in Brazil knew it would be tough against Germany.
SOUTHPORT, England - The friendly matches in South Florida can involve as many as eight players, with teams decided by drawing names from a hat.
Frog gigging is a dying art. Like grabbling or noodling (reaching under river banks for turtles and catfish) frog gigging is an outdoor activity that seems to be fading from view.
LONDON - Novak Djokovic knew all along that his game was good enough to win more Grand Slam titles. It was his mind that was the problem.
LONDON - At this point, the top Tour de France sprint star might be called Sir Marcel.
CLEVELAND - There was no eye contact, nothing to indicate any reconciliation. The breakup of LeBron James and Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert was beyond bitter.
FALL RIVER, Mass. - Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez can transfer to a jail closer to Boston for easier access to his lawyers while he awaits trial on a murder charge, a judge ruled Monday.
LONDON - Novak Djokovic won his second Wimbledon title and denied Roger Federer his record eighth by outlasting the Swiss player in five sets Sunday.
BRASILIA, Brazil - This time for Argentina, it was less about Lionel Messi and more about the men behind him.
HARROGATE, England - Mark Cavendish went down in a late crash. Marcel Kittel's hands went up in victory. And British royals who turned out for the Tour de France debut in England witnessed new signs of a changing of the guard among two of the world's top sprinters.