BROOKLET — Well rested and healthy coming out of their bye week, the Southeast Bulloch Yellow Jackets will start the sub-region portion of their schedule tonight as they host the Bulldogs of Beach High School.
The Yellow Jackets (1-3, 0-0) have faced a tough early schedule, including Dodge County that is currently ranked eighth in AAA and an undefeated South Effingham team that is in region AAAAA.
But that’s behind Southeast Bulloch as they now turn their attention to the sub-region. Finishing in the top two of the sub-region guarantees a team a spot in the playoffs, and for the Yellow Jackets to reach that goal, they need to start by defeating the Bulldogs (3-2, 1-0).
Southeast Bulloch Head Coach Pat Collins said this year’s Beach team is “vastly improved” over previous Bulldog teams, especially on offense.
They’re led by their fullback who makes the offense go. To stop him, the Yellow Jackets will need to be prepared for the running game, but also stopping the short passing game as well.
Much like the Bulldogs, the Yellow Jackets offense runs through their fullback, Chase Walker. The sophomore running back keys what SEB wants to do. If Walker can be established inside, that opens up the outside for quarterback Jontrell Wells as well as running back Michael Davis.
The Yellow Jackets come in to tonight’s game averaging 22.5 points a game while surrendering an average of 32 points. The Bulldogs, meanwhile, haven’t fared quite as well on offense, scoring 19.6 points per game while yielding 25.4 points each contest.
“This is a very important game for both schools,” Collins said. “I’m glad we play it at home. We’ve pointed out to our players that this game has a large impact on the goals we set as a team.”
Collins said at the top of their priorities each week is field position, turnovers and the number of offensive plays run. If SEB is able to win each of those three categories, Collins is confident the Yellow Jackets can win.
Kickoff is set for 7:30 at Fred Shaver Field.