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SEB opens region play at home

Beach (2-3, 1-0) at SE Bulloch (0-4, 0-0)
7:30 p.m., Today
Fred Shaver Field

Facts & Figures
    Southeast Bulloch and Beach have split their last two meetings, with SEB winning last season 42-21 and Beach winning two years ago 27-7.
    Running backs Michael Davis and Chase Walker will once again look to pace the Yellow Jackets running game. The duo has combined for 81 percent of SEB’s yards on the ground this season.
    Both Beach and SEB have averaged less than 12 points per game so far this season. The team that can find its offensive footing first will be in excellent position to win.

    Despite the rough start to the season, Southeast Bulloch’s dreams of reaching the state playoffs are within reach, but that journey starts tonight as the Yellow Jackets open subregion play against Beach High School.
    The Yellow Jackets (0-4, 0-0 in subregion play) and Bulldogs (2-3, 1-0) are both coming off their bye week.         Southeast Bulloch coach Pat Collins said his team used the week off to focus on the fundamentals of blocking, tackling and ball protection as they get ready for the subregion portion of their schedule.
    “We’ve played a very tough opening part of our schedule,” Collins said. “I think that’s prepared and helped us as we enter subregion play.”
    Also during the off week, Collins and his coaching staff turned to statistical analysis to look for trends so far this season. One thing they found was the impact field position has had on the Yellow Jackets.
    “We’re starting 11 yards further back than our opponents,” Collins said. “Our average starting field position is inside our 30 yard line while our opponents are averaging stating at the 40. That’s significantly different.”
    Some of that is out of SEB’s control. Dodge County’s kicker, for example, consistently put his kickoffs into the end zone, forcing the Yellow Jackets to start at the 20.
    Other aspects, however, like minimizing return yards when they do have to kick and sustaining drives to flip field position are what Collins and SEB are focused on.
    “We’ve tried to use the numbers to reinforce to our team how importing this is,” Collins said.
    The Yellow Jackets should be prepared for the Wing-T offense of Beach this week as the coaching staff broke down tapes of the Bulldogs going back several years.
    The similarity in offense to what SEB runs was especially beneficial to the Yellow Jacket defense that was able to see a good simulation of what Beach is going to try to do.
    Offensively, SEB will look to build on the success they had two weeks ago in which they had two drives of more than 15 plays. While they didn’t end up scoring on either of them, they controlled the line of scrimmage and were able to move the ball methodically.
    “We’re unwavering in our belief in what we’re doing,” Collins said. “If we’ll just stay the course, what we’re doing is proven to be successful. Ultimately it comes down to execution.”
    Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.,  at Fred Shaver Field in Brooklet.