Southeast Bulloch will continue their quest for the state playoffs tonight as they host Savannah High School in an important sub-region 1-AAA matchup.
The Yellow Jackets currently sit atop the standings with a 1-0 record in subregion play (2-3 overall), defeating Beach High School 42-7 last week. The Blue Jackets of Savannah come in with a 1-1 record in the sub-region (2-4 overall) after defeating Johnson 17-6 last week. Savannah lost to Beach 29-18 in their season opener.
For Southeast Bulloch, the script remains the same if they want to be successful. They will need their offensive line to establish the running game against a Blue Jackets team that is giving up 27 points per game. One area of concern for SEB Head Coach Pat Collins is the size of the defensive line for Savannah. They have multiple lineman weighing 300 pounds or more which could be an issue for the SEB offensive line.
“We’ve been working on our footwork and our techniques, but it’s going to be a challenge for our tackles and tight ends,” Collins said. “
They’ll also need to avoid turnovers which they have been successful at all year. Despite being -1 in turnovers on the season, the Yellow Jackets have only lost three fumbles and not thrown an interception in five games.
“We just have to be more aggressive on defense and special teams to create turnovers,” Collins said. “I think a lot of the time turnovers are a result of how hard you’re hitting.”
Defensively, the Yellow Jackets have been led by Ryan Ruarks, who has 60 tackles on the season, including two for loss. Ruarks and the SEB defense will face a Savannah offense that has struggled to get on track this season, averaging less than 12 points a game so far in 2015.
“Savannah has a big offensive line and some outstanding receivers,” Collins said of the Blue Jackets.
To stop them, Collins said the key was to get pressure on the quarterback and the coaching staff has been looking at different ways to do that against Savannah.
“No secondary can cover receivers for a long time, so we have to get pressure on their quarterback if we want to be successful,” Collins said.
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. at Fred Shaver Field in Brooklet.