BROOKLET — For some players, four touchdowns is a really good season. For Southeast Bulloch’s Chase Walker, it was his first half.
Walker finished with 313 yards and six touchdowns on the night as the Yellow Jackets cruised to a 62-30 win over the Johnson Atomsmashers Friday night at Fred Shaver Field to set up a huge sub-region matchup next week against Jenkins.
The Yellow Jackets improved for 4-3 on the year, but more importantly, they remain undefeated in sub-region play at 3-0 and face Jenkins High School next Friday with a sub-region championship on the line.
“I told our team they had a lot to be thankful for to have the opportunity to play for a championship,” said SEB Head Coach Pat Collins. “But our players have earned that opportunity.”
Southeast Bulloch started the scoring early. On the third play of the game, Klayton Carter intercepted a Johnson pass and ran it back 21 yards for the score.
Johnson then responded with a 74-yard drive of their own to cut the lead to 7-6.
Then it was time for Walker and the SEB offensive line to show up. On the Yellow Jackets’ first offensive play, Walker took a handoff up the middle and ran 60 yards for a score.
Johnson drove the length of the field again, but an interception by Jonathan Volskay in the end zone set up the Yellow Jackets at their own 20. Walker again took a handoff up the middle and outraced the Atomsmasher defense for an 80 yard score, giving the Yellow Jackets a 22-6 lead after running two plays on offense.
Following another Walker touchdown early in the second quarter, Carter added his second score of the night, this time on a nice 69-yard punt return for a touchdown and a 36-14 lead.
The Yellow Jackets fourth offensive possession ended with Walker’s fourth touchdown of the half in which he had 257 yards on 11 carries.
“Our (running) backs get all the credit, but our offensive line are the unsung heroes of our team,” Collins said.
The second half was more of the same, with SEB’s offense continuing to dominate the Johnson defense. The Yellow Jackets scored on seven of their nine offensive possessions and the only two times they didn’t score was as a result of the clock running out at the half and at the end of the game.
Defensivley, the Yellow Jackets gave up some points early, but Collins credited defensive coordinator Jack Webb and his staff for making the necessary adjustments to slow down a Johnson offense that had several offensive threats. All of Johnson’s scoring in the second half came against the second and third string of SEB’s.
In addition to Walker’s two touchdowns in the second half, Georden Batton added a 38-yard score of his own in the fourth quarter to close out the scoring for SEB.