Last Friday saw the Southeast Bulloch football team take on Tattnall County in driving wind and rain. Thanks to junior linebacker Isaiah Francois, it was still smooth sailing for the Yellow Jackets.
SEB struggled and slopped its way to an 8-0 fourth quarter lead, only to see Tattnall mount a desperation drive in the closing minutes. The Warriors drove deep into Yellow Jacket territory, but Francois intercepted a pass at the 15 to preserve the victory.
“I was really hoping to take it the whole way back,” Francois said. “The important part was that I got it. I think that we were all ready to just get out of there with a win. We definitely didn’t want to let (Tattnall) score.”
With the win, the Jackets remain in the hunt for the Region 1-AAA championship. It will take a win over region-leading Appling County this week, but Francois and his teammates are optimistic about their chance to represent the school in the state playoffs for the first time in a decade.
“We’ve worked so hard the last few years,” Francois said. “We’re definitely a better team now than we were when everyone started here. We’re going to give Appling a good game. After that, I know I’m excited to play in the postseason for the first time.”
Statesboro continued to have a rough time on the softball diamond in 2013, but the Lady Blue Devils should rest easy knowing that they have a team leader coming back for the next two seasons.
For the second straight year, Alexis Costlow earned All-Region honors and has made it clear that she’ll be the Devils’ anchor throughout her tenure at Statesboro High.
“I was a little surprised to make it last year after missing some time,” Costlow said. “There was a little more pressure this season, but I didn’t mind it. I was just concentrating on improving and playing well each game.”
The Devils failed to make the state playoffs this season, but were loaded with a roster full of girls who will be back next year to try and improve.
“When we struggle, it gets a little disappointing,” Costlow said. “But the important part is to stay focused on what we can work towards. We need to concentrate on what we can do moving ahead.”
The high school season is now over, but Costlow and several of her teammates will continue playing as they compete for the South Georgia Fury travel team throughout the fall and spring.