With Statesboro looking for its first playoff win in nearly three years last week, junior linebacker Ricky Lee stepped up to help ensure the Devils’ postseason run will continue.
Cairo trailed Statesboro 7-0 late in the first quarter of last week’s first round playoff game, but was threatening to score as it moved deep into SHS territory. Lee quickly turned the tables as he stepped in front of a pass for an interception. Lee’s pick was the first of six takeaways for the Devils that helped Statesboro walk away with a 21-0 victory.
“I kind of figured what the play was going to be,” Lee said. “I was just concerned with dropping into my hook zone. When I looked up, the ball was coming right to me.”
When he wasn’t getting his hands on the ball, Lee was getting to whoever had it. Lee recorded 12 tackles and was part of two plays that ended in Cairo fumbles.
Lee has fit in perfectly beside veteran starters Tim Key and Anthony Gore to form an intimidating linebacker unit on one of the state’s stingiest defenses. The Devils are allowing just 8.5 points per game, but face a tough test against high-powered Griffin in the second round Friday night.
“We take a lot of pride in what we do,” Lee said. “We just don’t take it too well when teams score points on us.”
The Southeast Bulloch cheerleading squad made its way out to Columbus last weekend for the Class AAA championships.
Led by its captain — and only senior — Morgan Friend, the Lady Yellow Jackets turned in their best showing ever, placing fifth in the state.
On Friday, SEB competed in the sectionals, where the top eight schools would advance.
The Jackets placed fourth, moving them into Saturday’s state finals.
“None of us had ever been that far,” Friend said. “I think we were all a little nervous. We didn’t have the best practice on Friday night, but in the finals we just nailed everything and had one of our best performances.”
And just because the state cheerleading competition is over doesn’t mean that Friend is done competing for Southeast Bulloch.
When spring comes, Friend will trade in her pom-poms for shin guards as she leads the Jackets’ soccer team.
“It’s my final year,” Friend said. “I’m going to approach soccer the same way (as cheerleading). I’m going to work hard and hopefully we can have another good season.”