Statesboro has won each of its first three games, but all have been tightly contested contests.
Each win can be traced to a key play made by the Blue Devils’ defense and Jahill Haggray was the man to do it in last Friday’s 24-14 victory over Tattnall County.
As the Battle Creek Warriors were attempting to rally from a 17-7 deficit in the fourth quarter, Haggray stepped in front of a Quaysean Davis pass and returned it 32 yards for his first career touchdown and a commanding lead.
“I wasn’t quite sure what to do,” said Haggray. “I came down with the ball, and all I was thinking was that I had to find a way to score.”
The big defensive plays have been a welcome surprise for the Devils. While defense has always been an SHS calling card, this year’s team is loaded with untested underclassmen.
Experience aside, the Devils have caused seven turnovers in three games and are gaining momentum with each week.
“I definitely think we’re better now than we were at the beginning of fall practice,” said Haggray. “We’re starting to come together and make plays as a team. Hopefully we can keep improving on that.”