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Epps named Player of the Year
Southeast Bulloch running back Tyler Epps, top, leaps over teammate Matthew McBride and Beach defender Samuel Brown during a 27-yard run to the Beach nine-yard-line in Brooklet on Friday, Oct. 25.

All-Region 1-AAA Selections
Offensive Player of the Year
34 — Tyler Epps, RB

1st Team SEB Players
Offensive Line
54 — Will Collins
55 — Marshall Duke
65 — Alex Viljoen
67 — John deMerlier
Tight End
88 — Weston Edenfield
Defensive Line
96 — Kaelin Jones
44 — Justin Odom
7 — Isaiah Francois
2nd Team SEB Players
Running Back
1 — Antonio McMillan
Place Kicker
6 — Andrew Cribbs
Defensive Back
22 — Keagen Carter
Honorable Mention
70 — Laramie Wright, Defensive Line

    After the best season Southeast Bulloch football has seen in a decade, it’s no surprise that the Yellow Jackets saw plenty of familiar names pop up when the All-Region 1-AAA team was announced this week.
    In all, 13 Jackets received honors, with the highest praise going to senior running back Tyler Epps who was named Offensive Player of the Year. Epps was a nearly unstoppable force for the Jackets, racking up 1,893 rushing yards and scoring in all but one of SEB’s 11 games.
    “The most impressive thing about Tyler is that he never let up,” SEB coach Pat Collins said. “Not only did he play hard in every game, but he never took a rep off during practice.
    “One of the most impressive things about Tyler is how he handled prosperity. He never got concerned about his own stats and never acted like he was something bigger than a part of our team.”
    Of course, running for so many yards has to mean that a solid offensive line was at work all season.
    Southeast Bulloch saw three offensive lineman named to the All-Region squad in 2012, but outdid themselves this season. Will Collins, Alex Viljoen, and John de Merlier all earned recognition for a second consecutive season while Marshall Duke and Weston Edenfield were also recognized as being the best that Region 1-AAA had to offer.
    “Of course I’m a little biased in my opinion. Heck, I’ve even got my own kid on the team,” Pat Collins said. “But it really impresses me and stands out for our players that the other coaches in our region thought enough of them to put them on the All-Region team.”
    Defensively, the Jackets again presented a strong front as linemen Kaelin Jones and Justin Odem and linebacker Isaiah Francios made the First Team.
    Running back Antonio McMillan, kicker Andrew Cribbs, and defensive back Keagan Carter represented Southeast Bulloch on the Second Team. Defensive lineman Laramie Wright was named as an honorable mention.

    Mike Anthony may be reached at (912) 489-9404.