BROOKLET — Fresh off their first win of the season, the Southeast Bulloch Yellow Jackets will face their first road test of the year as they travel to take on Dodge County in Eastman.
Through three games, Dodge County (3-0) has been explosive on offense, averaging more than 38 points including a 52-6 win over Savannah last week. They come in to tonight’s game ranked ninth in the GPB state rankings and tenth by the Atlanta Journal Constitution. This will be the second top 10 team SEB has played in four weeks after opening the season with then-ranked Pierce County who has since fallen out of the top 10.
“We’ve set some goals for our season and to be able to achieve them, we’re going to have to come out on top against a team like Dodge County,” said SEB Head Coach Pat Collins.
The Yellow Jackets, meanwhile, come in with a powerful offense of their own, averaging nearly 28 points per game through their tough early season schedule.
The offensive line remains the key for Southeast Bulloch getting on track. They open the holes for fullback Chase Walker as well as running back Michael Davis and quarterback Jaylon Wells.
“Those guys have a workman-like attitude, a blue-collar attitude every time they take the field,” Collins said of his offensive line.
Collins said they’ll continue to strive to establish the inside running game which, if they can do, will open up the outside the Yellow Jackets.
Defensively, the Yellow Jackets will have their hands full trying to stop a potent Dodge County ground game. Senior running back Kyle Glover leads the way with three touchdowns and an average of 73 yards per game. Overall, they have averaged 252 yards a game and nearly seven yards an attempt.
Dodge County doesn’t throw the ball often on offense, only seven attempts per game, but their quarterback, Clint Thompson, does have three touchdown passes on the season.
Offensively, Dodge County is ranked fifth in points per game.
The trip to Eastman constitutes half of the Yellow Jackets’ road games this year, but because it is the first one of the season, it will provide a new test for an SEB team that’s grown accustomed to playing in front of their home fans.
This is also the final game outside of the sub-region for Southeast Bulloch. The four-game stretch has been a tough one for SEB. In addition to Dodge County and Pierce County, the Yellow Jackets have faced an undefeated Class AAAAA school in South Effingham and a Bryan County team that made the state playoffs in Class AAA last year.
“I think playing these teams will be beneficial for us (after our bye week) as we get set to make our sub-region push,” Collins said.
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. in Eastman.
Horace Holloman contributed to this story.