BROOKLET - Southeast Bulloch finds itself with a nice problem to have. With their win over Jenkins last week, the Yellow Jackets have secured the number one seed in sub-region 1-AAA (B) regardless of the outcome of tonight’s games.
So, at least in terms of sub-region standings, the Yellow Jackets find themselves playing a meaningless game against Islands tonight in Savannah.
But don’t tell SEB Head Coach Pat Collins tonight’s game is meaningless.
“It’s the next game, which makes it the most important game,” Collins said. “We’ve challenged our guys to handle prosperity well. Usually you hear that you have to handle adversity well, but sometimes you have to handle prosperity.”
The Yellow Jackets (5-3, 4-0) will continue doing what they’ve done all season. They want to establish the running game, eliminate turnovers and win the field position battle.
For the year, fullback Chase Walker has more than 1,100 yards and 21 touchdowns to lead the Yellow Jacket ground game. Running back Michael Davis has averaged 6.2 yards per carry on the year has he has more than 400 yards.
Collins and his staff track the number of drives that the Yellow Jacket offense starts outside their 30 yard line and the drives of their opponents that start inside the 30 yard line. This 30/30 metric is something Collins uses to measure offensive and defensive efficiency.
Islands, meanwhile, comes in to the game 1-7 on the season and have scored only 60 points all year. They currently sit at 0-4 in sub-region play.
“They’re markedly improved over last season,” Collins said. “They play really hard for a team that only has one win on the year.”
The Sharks are currently in their second year as a program and have only 40 players listed on their roster. The Yellow Jackets, on the other hand, have more than 70 listed.
Collins said there are no plans to rest players but if the situation arises where the reserves can get some playing time, he’d like to take advantage of that opportunity. He did say he’d likely use some players sparingly if they’re dealing with an injury.
For fans who are scoreboard watching sub-region 1-AAA (A) games, Dodge County (8-0, 5-0) plays Pierce County (6-2, 4-1) tonight for the top seed in that half of the region. Southeast Bulloch will host the loser of that game next week.
The Yellow Jackets fell to Dodge County earlier this year, 31-7 and lost to Pierce County 40-35 in the season opener.
Kickoff is set for 7:30 at Island High School.
What to watch for:
Ground Attack: The Yellow Jackets’ offensive line has played well during SEB’s current four-game winning streak. They’ll need to continue to create space for the running backs.
Turnovers: Southeast Bulloch is currently plus-five in the turnover department on the season. Winning the turnover battle is something Collins stresses as a key to winning any football game.
Road Trip: This is only the second road game of the season for SEB. How will the Yellow Jackets respond playing outside of the friendly confines of Fred Shaver Field.