The Statesboro Blue Devils finished the regular season with a 5-4 record ensuring the Blue Devils of their first winning record in the regular season since 2013. The Blue Devils locked up the number three seed for the second straight season by knocking off South Effingham and New Hampstead in their last two games. The Blue Devils held on for a 40-34 win over the Mustangs, and then beat the Phoenix 30-6 in a dominating performance last Friday at Womack Field.
“With the exception of New Hampstead’s opening drive, our defense played exceptionally well,” said Statesboro coach Jeff Kaiser. “In the second half we limited New Hampstead to only 125 yards of total offense. We ran to the ball well, and tackled well.”
“On offense we did what we felt we needed to do,” Kaiser said. “We established the run game, which was crucial. We got a little conservative with the ball in the second half when we felt the game was within hand. I was very proud of our kids, and their effort.”
For the second year in a row the Blue Devils enter the state playoffs as the third seed and will take on a number two seed. This year’s opponent is the 9-1 Dutchtown Bulldogs, who are ranked as high as number five in the state. The Bulldogs were runners up to fourth ranked Jones County out of Region-4.
“Dutchtown is a very solid football team, on both sides of the ball,” Kaiser said. “They remind me a lot of Burke County as far as their offense goes, and defensively the are a lot like Veterans, only a little more athletic.”
The Bulldogs averaged 30 points per game this year, and allowed just over 10 points per game. Offensively the Bulldogs are led by junior quarterback Arendez Fedd who is a three star recruit, and dual threat quarterback. Arendez is also and the son of head coach Clifford Fedd. Defensively the Bulldogs are led by University of Alabama commit Will Anderson who is a 6-3 233 pound defensive end, and a four star recruit.
“There is not a lot of drop off between Anderson, and the rest of their defensive front,” Kaiser said. “They are very simple defensively. They base out of a 4-3 scheme, and they don’t waiver from it too much and they do it very well. Another team we will play with great team speed.”
“On offense, the quarterback is the coach’s son, and he does an outstanding job,” Kaiser said. “They are not 9-1 because they are an average football team. This will be a very big challenge for our guys.”
“We didn’t come in here this week and tray and reinvent the wheel,” Kaiser said. “We are trying to get better at what we do. We hope to be able to take advantage of some spots, from an offensive standpoint. Defensively we have to approach it the same way we have, in stopping the run, and tackling in the open field.”
Dutchtown and Statesboro are scheduled for a 7:30 kickoff on the road in Hampton Georgia.