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Jackets win again
Southeast Bulloch dominates Savannah Blue Jackets
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Southeast Bulloch running back Michael Davis, center, breaks through the Savannah High defense for a touchdown in the third quarter Friday. - photo by SCOTT BRYANT/staff

    The SEB defensive line got a big boost as Joseph Anderson made his first start of the season. Anderson did everything from occupying blockers to causing havoc in the backfield as the Yellow Jackets dominated the Savannah offense.

Box Score
SAV    0    0    0    0   —   0
SEB    6    13    7    7   —   33

First Quarter
SEB_Walker 4 run (kick failed) 5:08
Second Quarter
SEB_Carter 7 pass from Wells (pass failed) 4:22
SEB_Spaulding 2 pass from Carter (Cribbs kick) 0:12
Third Quarter
SEB_Davis 7 run (Cribbs kick) 7:17
Fourth Quarter
SEB_Walker 15 run (Chambers kick) 5:19

    SAV    SEB
First Downs    7    22
Total Yards    133    a330
Rushes-Yards    21-36    53-264
Passing    97    66
Comp-Att-Int    8-17-0    7-9-0
Turnovers    0    2
Penalties-Yards    8-70    4-35

RUSHING_SAV, Mitchell 7-27. SEB, Davis 13-89, Walker 21-82, Wells 5-61
PASSING_SAV Williams 6-12-0-55, Newton 2-5-0-42. SEB, C. Carter 5-7-0-50, Wells 2-2-0-16
RECEIVING_SAV Williams 3-57, Barber 4-36. SEB Brazell 2-25, K. Carter 2-25

Three keys to SEB's victory over Savannah High...

During SEB’s bye week two weeks ago, Collins stressed the importance of field position. The Yellow Jackets built their 19-0 halftime lead by doing just that. All four of SEB’s first half possessions started outside of their own 42 yard line and three touchdowns were the result.

Entering Friday’s game, the Yellow Jackets had passed for just 110 yards on the season. Jaylon Wells and Caleb Carter combined to 7-of-9 through the air. The pair totaled 66 passing yards and each connected on a touchdown pass.

Michael Davis and Chase Walker have both had breakout games running the ball for SEB this season. On Friday, balance was the key. Davis rushed for 89 yards and Walker picked up 82 while quarterback Jaylon Wells added another 61. The Blue Jackets weren’t able to cover all of their bases and routinely surrendered yardage.

BROOKLET - A rough start is fading fast as Southeast Bulloch continues to build momentum.

The Yellow Jackets notched their second consecutive win in impressive fashion, demolishing Savannah High by a count of 33-0 Friday at Fred Shaver Field.

Southeast Bulloch racked up 330 yards to the Blue Jackets' 133 and allowed just seven first downs.

For Savannah, the loss was its third consecutive shutout defeat.

"I thought we played a very solid game," SEB coach Pat Collins said. "I credit our defensive coaches for a good game plan and, offensively, we executed well. I got a little nauseous over our turnovers, but that was about the only negative."

The Yellow Jackets (2-4, 2-0 Region 1-AAA) forced a three-and-out from the Blue Jackets (1-5, 0-2) on the first possession of the night. A Savannah punt didn't quite make it to midfield, and SEB went right to work.

Southeast Bulloch needed just nine plays on its opening drive, covering 49 yards and ending with an exclamation point as Chase Walker dove in from 4 yards out.

Three more Blue Jackets snaps resulted in another punt. SEB once again raced downfield, but a Walker fumble was recovered at the Savannah 2 to keep SEB from extending the lead.

The turnover didn't keep the Yellow Jackets down for long as they responded with their aerial attack throughout the rest of the first half.

Jaylon Wells hooked up with Klayton Carter for a 7-yard strike midway through the second quarter.

The passing game helped once again as the Yellow Jackets raced to beat the halftime gun. Caleb Carter hit Javarius Spaulding with a 2-yard slant, and the extra point by Andrew Cribbs made it 19-0 at the break.

"We might not throw a lot in games," Collins said. "But that doesn't mean we don't work on it. We spend plenty of time working on it every day, so it was good to have some success with it."

Savannah caught a break in the third quarter as Walker fumbled again, but the SEB defense continued to hold and the Blue Jackets couldn't capitalize.

Southeast Bulloch defenders Andrew Stansul and Isaiah Francois were fixtures in the Savannah backfield throughout the game. Blue Jacket quarterbacks were repeatedly forced to throw before they were ready, and the Yellow Jackets brought down seven ball carriers behind the line of scrimmage.

Michael Davis (13 carries, 89 yards) put the game out of reach on SEB's second drive of the half, side-stepping three Blue Jackets and powering across the goal line from 7 yards out.

In the fourth quarter, Walker atoned for his earlier turnovers with a 15-yard touchdown run to cap the scoring.

Southeast Bulloch had the benefit of a short field throughout the first half, never needing to go more than 58 yards to put points on the board. Things didn't change much in the second half as only one drive - began after the defense forced a turnover on downs - started from inside the SEB 20.

"Field position is one of the biggest keys to success," Collins said. "When we don't have so far to go, it's much easier to put together scoring drives. That's exactly what we were able to do."

With the win, the Yellow Jackets continue to control their postseason destiny.

Next week, SEB will look to remain unbeaten in subregion play with a home date against Johnson of Savannah.