One of the big objectives in Southeast Bulloch’s defensive scheme is stopping the run.
Thanks to the efforts of Paul Allen, checking off that objective is rarely a concern.
Allen entered the season as an experienced defensive end, but was asked to move to the interior line in order to give the Yellow Jackets some added size.
Allen made the transition and is now a focal point on an SEB defense that has been pretty stingy in allowing yards and points as of late.
“It seems like a small move, but there is a big difference,” Allen said. “There are a lot more assignments and responsibilities (at defensive tackle). But I’m just happy to do whatever will help us out.”
With the leadership and performance of Allen, the Jackets have turned an 0-4 start into a 5-4 record and a sub-region title.
But there is no time to celebrate just yet. SEB hosts Appling County Friday and only the winner will advance to the state playoffs.
“We’ve seen Appling before,” Allen said. “We’ve played them before and they’re still a good team. But we’re confident that we’re going to go out there and play our best and get a win.”
With plenty of big competitions on the horizon, the Bulloch Academy Gators cheerleading squad is setting its sights
Those lofty aspirations can easily be seen by the Gators’ Jan Marie Page during any of her numerous trips into the air as a flier for the Gators.
Page has been cheering for the Gators for a long time and is looking forward to repeating some previous success.
“I want to win it all at state. I think all of us have that goal,” Page said as she toyed with her state championship ring won when she was in the eighth grade.
“I think we have the girls to do it," she added. "One of my best friends is our only senior and it would mean so much for me if we can both win.”
Page and the Gators have been practicing their competition routine since mid-July in hopes of impressing over the next couple of months.
An exhibition at Gator Alley on Tuesday saw a few flaws in the routine, but a high degree of difficulty will ensure success when Bulloch is able to execute.
“We have ‘The Spirit of Sandersville’ coming up,” Page said. “That’s a big one. I think we’re going to keep improving. I want us to win really bad and I’m sure that we can do