First Downs 8 20
Rushes-Yards 24-314 56-333
Passing Yards 25 3
Total Yards 339 336
Comp-Att-Int 2-4-0 1-3-0
Turnovers 0 3
Penalties-Yards 13-126 8-65
Rushing: JHS: Roberts, 13-137, 2 TD; Mitchell, 11-177, TD. SEB: McMillan, 20-150, TD., McCollum, 13-100, Epps, 15-100.
Passing: JHS: Roberts, 2-4, 25 yards. SEB: Carter, 1-3, 3 yards.
Receiving: JHS: Cooper, 1-13. SEB: McBride, 1-3.
JHS 7 7 6 8 — 28
SEB 0 0 0 14 — 14
1:44 — Roberts (JHS) 9 run (Morris Kick)
10:50 — Roberts (JHS) 67 run (Morris Kick)
3:34 — Kinlaw (JHS) 46 fumble return (PAT Failed)
5:17 — McMillan (SEB) 35 run (Hadden Kick)
4:21 — Mitchell (JHS) 66 run (Cooper run)
0:29 — Coto (SEB) 12 run (Hadden Kick)
BROOKLET — Antonio McMillan, Corey McCollum and Tyler Epps combined for 48 carries for 350 yards, but Southeast Bulloch’s offense couldn’t find the end zone until the fourth quarter.
The Johnson Atom Smashers capitalized on three SEB turnovers and eight penalties to run away with a 28-14 win at Fred Shaver Field in the Yellow Jackets’ Region 1-AAA opener.
Johnson (1-4, 1-1 Region 1-AAA) only ran the ball with two players, quarterback Shyheim Roberts and running back Corbin Mitchell, but it was all the Atom Smashers needed.
The pair combined for 314 yards on only 24 carries, averaging 13 yards per attempt.
Southeast Bulloch (2-2, 0-1) fumbled three times and turned it over on downs three times as well.
“We were very sloppy with penalties and very sloppy with ball control, and you can’t make those mistakes,” SEB coach Pat Collins said. “We have a small margin of error, and we have got to do a better job of eliminating mistakes. A lot of us being stopped was stopping ourselves.”
An SEB fumble returned by JHS defensive back Samuel Kinlaw 46 yards for a touchdown put Johnson ahead 20-0 in the third quarter.
The Jackets got on the board after a Johnson pass-interference call on 3rd-and-16 extended a drive, allowing McMillan to score from 31 yards out.
On the next JHS drive, Mitchell needed only two carries, runs of 17 and 66, to put the Smashers up 28-7 after a two-point conversion.
SEB’s James Coto scored from 12 yards out for the game’s final margin.
“I never saw any letdown in effort,” Collins said, “but we’ve got to clean those things up offensively.”
Southeast Bulloch got off to a hot start when McMillan took the first carry of the game and ran 61 yards untouched to the end zone, but the play was called back for holding.
The Jackets ran the ball 12 times for 70 yards on the opening drive, but committed five penalties along the way and turned it over on downs.
Roberts scored his first touchdown on the first Johnson drive, which was set up by a 55-yard Mitchell run.
The next SEB drive started as explosively as the first one, with a 51-yard kickoff return by McMillan, but only four plays into the drive, quarterback Cole Carter lost a fumble while being sacked.
Roberts ran Johnson’s next play 67 yards for a score on an option read, putting the Atom Smashers up 14-0 at the half.
Southeast Bulloch returns to region action for its fourth straight home game, Friday against Savannah at 7:30 p.m.
Matt Yogus may be reached at (912) 489-9408.