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SEB visits Bryan County for marquee matchup
SEB

Southeast Bulloch (0-2) at Bryan County (0-2)
Thursday, 7:30 p.m.
Pembroke
Radio: 107.3 FM
TV: WSAV MyLC

Game Plan
    SHORT MEMORY: Southeast Bulloch proved that it still has the potential to be a potent offense in its season opener. Plenty went wrong last week, but those negatives need to be conveniently forgotten. Win-loss record aside, the Jackets’ early struggles will be a distant memory if they get on track.
    DOING SOME HEAVY READING: Southeast Bulloch linebackers and defensive lineman need to be disciplined against Bryan County. All of the keys to success in the Jackets’ numerous counters, traps, and quick sweeps are mirrored in the Redskins’ running game. Getting to the offense’s point of attack is critical to minimizing big gains.
    JUST ANOTHER DAY: The lights might be a little brighter, what with the television cameras and all. Many starters for SEB will be playing in just their third varsity game. All excitement aside, it’s still the same football game as any other and needs to be played accordingly.

    BROOKLET — The Southeast Bulloch Yellow Jackets will try to notch their first win of the season in style tonight as they travel to Bryan County for a special Thursday affair that will be televised on WSAV MyLC as part of its ‘Thursday Night Blitz’ series.
    The Jackets (0-2) haven’t had much luck so far.
    In its opener, SEB kept things close against Pierce County before faltering in the final quarter. Last week, South Effingham grabbed an early lead against the Jackets and never looked back as SEB was shut out for the first time since a 0-0 tie in its 2013 season opener.
    Despite the early struggles, the Jackets remain confident.
    “We anticipated that there might be some growing pains,” SEB coach Pat Collins said. “Obviously, there are places where we need to improve. But we’re confident that we’ll do that. Our morale is still high and we’re looking forward to the next opportunity to win a ballgame.”
    Standing across the field from the Jackets will be a Bryan County team in a very similar situation.
    The Redskins (0-2) fell to Metter in their first game before allowing a late lead to slip away against Claxton last week.
    Region play hasn’t started for either squad yet, but both will be fighting to gain some momentum before the games take on postseason implications.
    “I fully expect to face a very strong team in Bryan County,” Collins said. “Coach (Mark) Wilson has been on the sidelines a long time. Bryan might be in a lower classification than us, but they have good athletes and can be very tough.”
    After playing two games against spread offenses that often took to the air, tonight’s matchup will look a bit more familiar to the SEB defense.
    While the Redskins don’t mimic the Jackets’ Wing-T offense, they focus on power rushing — often out of the pistol set — that will feature three or four players in the backfield.
    “It’s a little bit more familiar,” Collins said. “But the fact is that we want our players — offense and defense — to be comfortable and prepared for whatever we face.”
    Offensively, SEB will have to find the scoring spark from the opening week that eluded it against South Effingham.
    “There were some places where we just didn’t execute last week,” Collins said. “Some of that was due to our opponent, but there are other places where we just didn’t do our jobs. We need to improve in those places.”
    The short week of preparation is a rarity for high school football, but Collins wasn’t worried about one less day of practice.
    The Jackets ran through their normal practice schedule Monday through Wednesday, simply cutting out the normal Thursday walk-thru in preparation for the game.

    Mike Anthony may be reached at (912) 489-9408.