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Athlete of the Week: SEB's Dinkins tough to beat
Riley Dinkins, Southeast Bulloch soccer player. - photo by MIKE ANTHONY/staff

    Two years ago, Riley Dinkins had never played a minute of high school soccer. Now, he’s the defensive stalwart of a team looking to go far in the state tournament.
    Last week, Dinkins was key in Southeast Bulloch's biggest win of the season. Facing a Savannah Christian team that had beaten the Yellow Jackets in the season opener, and entered the game with an undefeated record and No. 6 state ranking, Dinkins was nothing short of remarkable in front of his net. The Raiders scored once, but that was all Dinkins allowed as SEB stormed to a 4-1 victory.
    “That early goal kind of got us going,” Dinkins said. “I know that it got me a little fired up. The rest of the team just went to work and was able to take it to them."
    After the Jackets took a second-half lead, Savannah Christian ramped up its offense. The Raiders launched shot after shot, but Dinkins was up to the challenge. In the end, Dinkins’ saves left Savannah demoralized as his teammates piled up goals.
    “It was tough, but it was also fun,” Dinkins said. “I got my footwork right and was in the right place. They took some good shots, but I felt like I could get a hand on all of them.”