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Subway Spotlight: SEB's Tyler Epps and BA's Lauren Dennard

    For too long, Southeast Bulloch had to hear about one of the less desirable streaks in Georgia high school football. Dating back to 2008, SEB had dropped 38 straight region games.
    Last week, Tyler Epps and the rest of the Jackets had finally had enough.
    Epps ran for 140 yards and scored both of SEB’s touchdowns in a 17-6 win over Savannah High.
    “That streak was kind of in the back of everyone’s minds,” said Epps. “We try to win every game, but it was definitely a little bit more special to finally get a region win.”
    Epps' determination showed in the second half as he took an inside handoff, ran straight into a pile of Savannah defenders, then emerged out the other side to complete a touchdown run.
    “I just kept my feet moving,” said Epps. “But a lot of that run comes from my teammates. The offensive line did a great job all night and we were doing a great job of running outside to clear up space for me in the middle.”
    Epps and the Jackets will get another big region challenge as they welcome Pierce County to town for homecoming Friday night.

    Knowing that she would be on the mound for Bulloch Academy’s GISA first round state playoff matchup against Southfield on Monday, plenty of things should have been running through Lauren Dennard’s head.
    Instead, there was just one concern.
    “When I woke up, my throat hurt and I knew that I was pretty sick,” said Dennard.
    With the biggest game of the year just hours away, the Lady Gators’ ace pitcher came down with the flu. Battling a temperature of over 101-degrees, Dennard had to dig deep to get herself onto the field.
    “It was never a question of whether I wanted to pitch,” said Dennard. “I knew that I wanted to go out there and help my team. I was just afraid of how much energy I would have.”
    Dennard summoned the strength to take the mound and then delivered a win for the Gators, allowing just three runs in an 18-3 victory. After the gutsy performance, Dennard was able to look on as Bulloch took the second game to advance to the second round of the state playoffs.
    “I’m feeling a lot better now,” said Dennard. “Especially since we’re still going in the playoffs.”