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SEB trying to keep the foot on the gas

Telfair County (2-1) at Southeast Bulloch (2-0)
7:30 p.m., Today
Fred Shaver Field

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    BROOKLET — The Southeast Bulloch Yellow Jackets will look to continue their winning ways tonight at Fred Shaver Field as they host Telfair County.
    Despite impressive victories over Portal and Montgomery County, SEB  (2-0) spent the off week focusing on the fundamentals of blocking, tackling and the kicking game. SEB head coach Pat Collins said it was fairly easy to keep the team focused even though their last game was a 62-25 win.
    “All we had to do was play the film,” Collins said. “(The coaching staff) pointed out things that may have been successful in the first two games that, if we don’t shore up, it is going to be a short-lived success.”
    Collins said offensively they focused on blocking while defensively the spotlight was on getting off blocks and making tackles. He praised the Yellow Jackets’ desire to continue improving each and every practice, saying the team has been receptive to instructions from their coaches.
    Telfair County (2-1) enters tonight’s game averaging more than 225 rushing yards a game and are led offensively by senior Abraham Freeman who has four touchdowns and averages almost 13-yards per carry.
    “He’s about 6-feet tall, 200 pounds and he’s fast,” Collins said of Freeman. “They’ve also got a big offensive line with three players weighing more than 300 pounds.”
    The Trojans are a quick-strike offense with multiple plays of more than 60 yards so far this season.  The key to stopping the Trojan offense is making them drive down the field rather than scoring quickly, according to Collins.
Offensively, SEB will look to control the flow of the game with their running game that’s been led by the trio of Tyler Epps, Antonio McMillian and Corey McCollum.
    “We need to pound the ball and have sustained drives,” Collins said. “We have to score every time we get the football.”
    Collins expects the Trojans to blitz often to attempt to disrupt the timing of the Yellow Jacket offense and try to force SEB  into turning over the ball.
    Among Collins’ biggest concern is the overall team speed of Telfair County, saying the Trojans are fast on both sides of the ball. Taking proper angles and wrapping up on tackles will be key for the Yellow Jackets’ defense while containing the blitz will be important if SEB is to be able to move the ball on offense.
    The game features a matchup of two teams who are having turnaround seasons from a year ago. Last year saw the Yellow Jackets go 1-9 while the Trojans were winless on the year.
    “You have to give a lot of credit to their coaching staff,” Collins said. “They have a new head coach and a quality group of coaches over there who are getting things going for them.”
    Collins is hoping for another big turnout at the new Fred Shaver Field to continue to share in the excitement the players and coaches have about playing in their new facility. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.