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SEB looks to slow down Jefferson's spread offense

    BROOKLET — Jefferson County would love to get into a shootout with Southeast Bulloch.
    The Warriors have won each game this season in which they've scored more than 20 points, and lost each game they've scored less than 20.
    The Yellow Jackets, on the other hand, will try to keep the amount of possessions on both sides to a minimum as the two teams face today at 7:30 p.m. in Louisville.
    Screven County used the same philosophy when it beat JCHS, 31-19, on
Sept. 9.
    "The team that seemed to have done the best against them, and Screven County probably did the best, ran the ball right at them," said SEB coach Pat Collins. "That's kind of the recipe for how you have to attack that group."
    The Yellow Jackets, who start mostly underclassmen on offense, have struggled to extend drives this season. The focus in practice has been on one thing - execution.
    The Jackets were able to find the end zone each of the last two weeks against Swainsboro and Dodge County.
    "When you look at Dodge County, very few people have been able to move the football on them," Collins said. "It's not a matter of what we're doing or how we're doing it. We're just doing it with very, very young players.
    "We just have to stay steady and continue coaching the boys. We see improvement week to week. It doesn't always show up on the scoreboard, it doesn't always show up in the win column, but we see growth within our kids."
    As for Jefferson County, which runs a spread offense, the focus for SEB defensively has been limiting big plays and extending drives. What the Warriors lack in size, they make up for with speed.
    "They make you defend every inch of the field," said Collins. "There's no doubt they're the most athletic team we've played this year. They're very similar to Laney. One thing that people don't realize is that even though Jefferson is in a spread offense, they run the ball exceptionally well."
    Regardless of whether Jefferson tries to attack SEB on the ground or through the air, the Warriors have the most success with the big play.
    "We try to play good solid sound defense and tackle in space," said Collins. "You've got to do that against them."

    Matt Yogus can be reached at (912) 489-9408.