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Dodge County (3-0, 2-0) at SE Bulloch (0-3, 0-1)
SPY THE QB: The Yellow Jackets will need to contain the quaterbacks of Dodge County, who will run an option similar to what Georgia Tech currently runs and what Georgia Southern has run in the past.
CLEAN IT UP: On offense, Southeast Bulloch will need to avoid penalties and mistakes that have prevented them from sustaining drives so far this season. Avoiding 2nd and long or 3rd and long will go a long way to keeping the Yellow Jackets moving the chains.
GET ON THE BOARD EARLY: Southeast Bulloch has been outscored 31-7 in the first quarter of games this season. Keeping the score close early may give the young Jacket squad the confidence they need.
BROOKLET — Coming off a tough three-point loss to Bryan County last week, the Southeast Bulloch Yellow Jackets will look to notch their first win of the season tonight as they face the undefeated Dodge County Indians at Fred Shaver Field.
The Yellow Jackets (0-3) will be looking to get more consistent play from their young squad as that has been the biggest issue facing SEB thus far in the young season.
Yellow Jackets coach Pat Collins has watched his team play pretty good football when they execute efficiently, but there hasn’t been enough of that throughout the year.
“We try to point out to our guys where they’re doing well and take advantage of those teachable moments,” Collins said. “If our players stay the course, which they’re doing, success will come somewhere in the future. We’d like it to be sooner rather than later, but they’re all working hard and maintaining good attitudes.”
To get a win tonight, the Yellow Jackets will have to contain the powerful running game of Dodge County that runs the ball roughly 80 percent of the time. Collins expects Dodge County to rotate two quarterbacks, both of whom are quick and make good decisions with the ball.
Senior linebacker Isaiah Francois leads SEB in tackles this year and will once again be leaned on heavily to anchor the Yellow Jackets defense as they try to slow down the Dodge County team that is averaging more than 36 points per game.
Defensively, Dodge County is led by their 6’6, 310 pound defensive lineman Hunter Graham who is being recruited by several Division I programs. Collins said while Graham garners much of the attention, he overshadows a stout defense that is only allowing 10 points a contest.
To challenge that defense, SEB will look to running backs Michael Davis and Chase Walker who combined are averaging 175 yards a game on the ground. The duo has combined for four touchdowns on the year as well.
“What we’ve got to do is correct what we’re doing and eliminate our mistakes,” Collins said. “Southeast Bulloch has to work on Southeast Bulloch because we can do something about that team. We can’t do anything about Dodge County, we can only take care of ourselves and what we control.”
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.