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Jackets hope to build momentum

    BROOKLET — Last week was a cause for celebration, but now it’s right back to business.
    After snapping its 19-game losing streak with a 37-12 win over Portal in the opening game of the 2010 season, the Yellow Jackets now set their sights on Long County (1-0) in their home opener.
    For a team that has struggled so mightily over the past three seasons, the SEB faithful have been ecstatic for the last six days over the great start to the season. One win might not signal the return of SEB as a juggernaut football squad, but the Brooklet community is sure to be out in full force to see their Jackets keep up the good work.
    “I’m sure that it will be a packed house tonight,” said SEB coach Pat Collins. “This community has really rallied around this program and we’re working as hard as we can to give them something to be proud of.”
    One thing that the SEB faithful hope to see tonight is the continued emergence of the Jackets’ newfound firepower.
    Last week’s 37 point outburst marked the biggest offensive output for SEB in four years, and with offensive threats like running backs Dee Odum and Antonio McMilan and fullback David Johnson, there are many reasons to believe that the Yellow Jackets can continue to light up the scoreboard.
    Giving even more hope to the offensive resurgence is Collins’ assessment of the opening game.
    “Honestly, I thought that we could have done a lot better on offense,” said Collins. “Our defense played very well and gave us great field position on a number of occasions. We didn’t take full advantage of that or we might have put up even more points.”
    But as the offense gets more reps in practice and more experience on the field, it is only a matter of time before everything starts to click.
    “Looking at the tape, you could see us improve as the game went on,” said Collins. “I think that has a lot to do with having our scrimmage cut short. We only had a chance to run four offensive plays that night, so it took some time for everyone to adjust to game action.”
    This week, the Jackets will square off against another team full of renewed spirit, as the Blue Tide comes in having broken an 11-game losing streak of its own with a 20-7 win over Bryan County last week.
    As easy as it would be to get carried away with last week’s win, the Jackets are keeping things in perspective. As important as ending the streak was, the focus now shifts to winning the next game.
    “Getting a win was our biggest priority starting the season,” said Collins. “But we’ve got that, so it’s over and done with. There’s still a long way to go and a lot that we need to improve on. We’ve had a good attitude in practice this week and we’re ready to go out and get another one.”

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