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Prep Sports Spotlight

Travis Bonner

5'11" Junior Quarterback

Jenkins County


When the coaching staff at Jenkins County High School rolled over during the offseason, word came down that there would be a drastic change in the Eagles' offensive scheme.
    Fresh off of running a shotgun spread set, Jenkins County was switching to the flexbone option — popular around these parts, but a difficult system to learn on the fly.
    Junior quarterback Travis Bonner was up for the challenge and is one of the main reasons the Eagles are out to their best start in 20 years.
    "Travis has really done well with what we've asked of him," Jenkins County coach Charley Waters said. "With each game, we've seen him get a little bit more confident. There are better reads and more pitches."
    Jenkins County won't throw much this season and the passing stats are lean so far, but Bonner has more than made up for that with his feet. During the Eagles 4-0 start, he has gained over 400 yards on the ground.
    And he's just as dangerous on the other side of the ball.
    Bonner has pulled double duty for Jenkins, playing cornerback when the Eagles don't have the ball. He leads the team with four interceptions on the season, including three in a win over Treutlen.
    "He's been a great leader for us," Waters said. "Offensively or defensively, we know that we can trust him."



Adrenne Newell

5'5" Freshman Catcher/Outfielder



    It's been a while since the Lady Blue Devil softball team of Statesboro has had much to brag about.
    This season has been another lean one, but a youth movement leave the team hopeful that today's fresh faces will be tomorrow's leaders who will guide the team to more success.
    One of the young Devils who has stepped up this season is freshman Adrenne Newell.
    Despite learning new positions, Newell has jumped right into the mix, paying immediate dividends for Statesboro.
    "I wasn't quite sure what to expect in my first year of varsity," Newell said. "I've played travel ball, so I was used to the level of competition, but it's a little different to be playing against girls that are older in every game."
    That hasn't seemed to phase Newell much. While the Devils have just one region win, they have put up solid fights despite their first season at the Class AAAAA level.
    The state playoffs might not be in store for Statesboro this season, but there is plenty of room to grow — and dream — for the Devils' rising stars.
    "Making it to the playoffs is definitely a goal for me," Newell said. "I know that there's a lot to do. There's a lot more to learn and to get better at.
    "I think we've done some good things this season. We just need to keep that up moving forward."