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Beach bummed
SEB notches first victory
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Southeast Bulloch running back Michael Davis, right, finishes off a big second quarter run against Beach defenders Brandon Rosemond, left, and Leonard Brown Friday. - photo by SCOTT BRYANT/staff

Box Score
BHS    0     0    6    6 — 12
SEB     7    14    0    0 — 21


First Quarter
SEB_ Walker 5 run (Cribbs kick) 3:25
Second Quarter
SEB_ Walker 4 run (Cribbs kick) 7:31
SEB_ Walker 5 run (Cribbs kick) 3:30
Third Quarter
BHS_ Rosemond 24 pass from Brown (2 pt conversion failed) 6:36
Fourth Quarter
BHS_ Burke 3 run (2 pt conversion failed) 6:59

    BHS    SEB
First Downs    11    17
Total Yards    216    308
Rushes-Yards    35-192    57-308
Passing    24    0
Comp-Att-Int    2-13-0    0-0-0
Turnovers    2    1
Penalties-Yards    9-50    7-35

INDIVIDUAL LEADERS

RUSHING_BHS, Burke 17-102, TD. SEB, Walker 35-173, 3 TDs
PASSING_BHS, Brown 2-13-0, 24 yards
RECEIVING_BHS Rosemond, 2-24, TD

BROOKLET - Southeast Bulloch Head Coach Pat Collins promised his 4-year-old daughter he would do a cartwheel after the Yellow Jackets won a game. Through the first four games of the season, he didn't have the opportunity to fulfill that promise.

So following SEB's 21-12 win over Beach, Collins did not only one, but two cartwheels to the delight of the team, and his daughter, leading one of the players to say, "I didn't think he'd be able to do it."

The win for SEB (1-4, 1-0) started the subregion portion of its schedule and gave the Yellow Jackets a needed victory coming off their bye week.

Chase Walker led the Yellow Jackets, rushing for 173 yards and three first-half touchdowns on 35 carries.

"Chase was the beneficiary tonight of our excellent offensive line work," Collins said.

Walker, a freshman replacing the graduated standout Tyler Epps, spent the past few years in middle school watching and learning from Epps, with whom he shares jersey number 34.

"He's an important part of what we're trying to do," Collins said. "He's a hard runner, a hard worker and he's actually one of the strongest guys on our team even though he's only a freshman."

Walker and running back Michael Davis both ran for more than 100 yards on the night as SEB's ball control offense was able to dominate much of the first half. The Yellow Jackets' opening drive, for example, was a methodical 16-play, 73-yard drive that saw Walker and Davis carry the ball every play. The 8 minute, 35 second drive was capped off by a 5-yard run by Walker to give SEB an early lead.

The Bulldogs (2-4, 1-1) looked to answer on their opening drive, which lasted into the second quarter. But a holding call on an apparent 17-yard touchdown run by quarterback Leonard Brown ended the momentum of the drive, and Beach failed to convert on a fourth-down attempt.

Southeast Bulloch, behind the duo of Walker and Davis, then went on a 10-play, 68-yard drive lasting more than four minutes. Walker again finished off the drive with a 4-yard run up the middle.

Following a failed fake punt attempt by Beach, SEB scored for the third time in three possessions, this time an eight-play drive covering 31 yards and Walker's third score of the night.

Beach was able to score twice in the second half on long drives of its own, but it wasn't enough to overcome their deficit.

"We were able to win the field position battle and we won the turnover battle two to one, and when you do those two things, you'll win a lot of football games," Collins said.

Turnovers and field position were points of emphasis for the Yellow Jackets over the course of their bye week and then in preparation for Beach.

Defensively, the Yellow Jackets held Beach to 68 yards in the first half. While Collins said the Jackets might have been a little complacent in the second half, they still only allowed 216 total yards on the evening.

Even with the win, Collins said the Yellow Jackets still have things to work on. They missed a few opportunities in the passing game that could have led to scores and missed some tackles defensively. However, Collins was proud of his team's effort and execution.