As the Southeast Bulloch Yellow Jackets entered the 2014 season, they knew that they would need a spark. The entire offensive backfield from last season had graduated, leaving SEB to rely heavily on youth and inexperience.
A few tough games early in the season caused the Jackets to stumble a bit, but a current three-game winning streak has been paced by a newfound offensive leader that is still a year away from getting his driver’s license.
Chase Walker began his freshman campaign unsure of how much – if any – playing time he would get with the varsity. Now, as SEB comes charging down the stretch in the regular season, Walker leads the team with 875 rushing yards.
“The team had it going last year,” Walker said. “I want to do my part to get it going again. Our fans support us so much, so it’s great to go out there and succeed in front of them.”
Walker gave the SEB faithful plenty to cheer about, ripping off 308 yards last week in a 24-18 victory over Johnson of Savannah.
“That’s a special night,” SEB coach Pat Collins said. “You don’t see too many freshmen have a night like that.”
Walker and the rest of his Yellow Jacket teammates will need another strong showing Saturday as SEB travels to Savannah to take on Jenkins for control of the sub-region.
Southeast Bulloch’s Micaela Wert has been cheering for 13 years and has spent her entire high school career on the Lady Yellow Jackets’ squad.
Wert has seen a lot of competitions in her day, but few achievements have been as impressive as the Grand Championship that her squad earned last weekend at the ‘Battle of the Best’ in Warner Robins.
The Jackets were one of 22 teams at the competition featuring schools from all GHSA classifications. While SEB was one of the smaller schools in attendance, it shone brightest on the big stage.
“At first, I don’t feel like we were even thinking about a grand championship,” Wert said. “But our coach told us we needed to compete like we wanted to win the whole thing. We came together as a team and performed great.
“You wouldn’t think a team from tiny Brooklet would beat all of the big programs from around Atlanta, but here we are.”
While the Jackets’ latest success is a huge boost for the program, there is still plenty of work left to do. Southeast Bulloch will host a competition this week and are looking forward to more region and state competitions down the road.
“We’ve had time to mull over the win last week,” Wert said. “Now we’re excited to go compete again. We’ve seen what we’re capable of when we do our best.”