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Jackets welcome Jeff. Co. on homecoming night

    BROOKLET — It’s homecoming for Southeast Bulloch tonight, but Jefferson County is intent on crashing the party.
    Faced with its second opponent in three weeks that has made an appearance in the state Top 10 poll — and with a matchup against No. 5 Dublin on the horizon — the Yellow Jackets (2-5, 0-5 Region 3-AA) have had their hands full with a loaded region schedule.
    The Warriors (4-1-1, 3-1) might just be the toughest of the bunch.
    Jefferson County boasts one of the most potent offenses in the state and has yet to be held under 21 points in a game. Slowing down the relentless Warrior attack figures to be a tall order for an SEB defense that has struggled against similar spread offenses this season.
    “It will absolutely be a big challenge for us,” said SEB coach Pat Collins. “We feel that our players are doing a good job out there and that they’re performing as they’ve been coached to do, but we’ve faced some very athletic teams and Jefferson County might be the best of all of them.”
    Leading the way for the Warriors is quarterback C.J. Stone. A dual-threat at the beginning of the season, Stone suffered a torn ACL, but has soldiered on and continues to keep his team moving.
    Running back Charles Broadus also poses a threat for the Jackets. The senior has racked up over 900 yards this season and is on pace to eclipse the 1,500-yard mark this season.
    “Jefferson can hurt you on the ground or through the air,” said Collins. “They are able to do a lot of things, and they can do them all very well.”
    To answer the Warriors’ firepower, the Jackets will send out an offense that has seen its share of struggles before getting back onto the scoreboard last week.
    Dee Odum and David Johnson provide a good combination of power and speed for SEB and the Jackets have shown the ability to rack up points, especially when junior quarterback Cam Duncan has the passing offense working.
    “We’re still a work in progress,” said Collins. “But the most important thing is that we’re out on the practice field every day striving to get better.
    “The loss last week was disappointing, but there was some improvement. We were finally able to get the big play out of our offense. Our freshman running back Antonio McMillan has a 60-yard touchdown run, which is our longest of the season. Hopefully that’s a sign of things to come.”
    Mike Anthony can be reached at (912) 489-9404.