BROOKLET — Southeast Bulloch tries to shake off a four-game slide tonight as the Yellow Jackets travel to Eastman to take on Dodge County.
SEB (2-4, 0-4 Region 3-AA) is trying to rediscover the groove it found at the beginning of the season. The Jackets started off hot with two consecutive wins, but have now been shutout in three straight contests.
Most recent was last Friday’s 34-0 loss at the hands of No. 8 Swainsboro.
The score might not have looked pretty, but SEB coach Pat Collins saw some signs of improvement, and was encouraged by some of what the Jackets did on the field. Swainsboro didn’t seal the win until a costly SEB turnover deep in its own territory near the end of the third quarter, and another Tiger touchdown late in the fourth stretched the final margin.
Offensively, the Jackets put together drives of eight and nine minutes, but couldn’t crack the scoreboard.
“Swainsboro was the better team last week, and I give them all the credit for that,” said Collins. “But I also like what I saw from our boys. We were a little outmanned, but I saw some of our guys doing a great job of taking the coaching that they got during the week and translating it into performing well on Friday night.
“We were a little disappointed that we couldn’t score again, but overall, we’re still a very upbeat group. We’re continuing to work hard every day and focusing on the positives and how we can improve each week.”
SEB will take another crack at its first region win of the season — in fact, its first region win since the opening week of 2008 — tonight against the Indians (0-5, 0-3)
Though winless, Dodge is a far cry from an easy victory.
“That record of theirs is very misleading,” said Collins. “They have played many of their toughest region games already, and their non-region schedule was also very difficult.”
In spite of not having any wins to show for their trouble, the Indians have put up a fight against many of their opponents this season. Dodge has lost just one game by more than 14 points and has been within striking distance in the second half in every week except for last Friday’s 56-14 drubbing at Jefferson County.
The Jackets’ biggest challenge will again be to find a way to keep a very athletic spread attack in check. The Indians began the season with a wing-T offense, but switched to a spread look two weeks ago and figure to stay in that formation for the remainder of the season.
The biggest threat to SEB is tight end/defensive end Leonard Floyd. The senior is getting attention from many Division I schools and anchors lines on both sides of the ball that are big and physical.
“It’s going to be a challenge for us,” said Collins. “We saw some guys play very well for us on the defensive side of the ball last week. We’ll need more efforts like that tonight to keep up with an offense like Dodge has that is full of athletes.”
Mike Anthony can be reached at (912) 489-9404.