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Walker leads SEB to win over Johnson

Box Score
JHS    0    6    0    12 — 18
SEB     7    3    0    14 — 24

First Quarter
SEB_ Davis 9 run (Chambers kick) 5:21
Second Quarter
SEB_ Heidler 30 yard field goal 8:16
JHS_ Baker 17 run (kick blocked) 0:49
Fourth Quarter
SEB_Walker 83 run (Chambers kick) 10:28
JHS_Miller 77 pass from Green (2 pt. conversion failed) 9:07
SEB_Walker 16 run (Chambers kick) 6:39
JHS_Jackson 8 pass from Green (2 pt. conversion failed) 3:31

    JHS    SEB
First Downs    8    19
Total Yards    328    405
Rushes-Yards    17-154    62-405
Passing    174    0
Comp-Att-Int    9-16-0    0-4-0
Turnovers    0    0
Penalties-Yards    11-70    4-27

RUSHING_JHS, Morris 6-63 TD. SEB, Walker 39-306, 2 TDs
PASSING_JHS, Green 9-16-0 174 yards 2 TDs
RECEIVING_JHS, Miller 1-77, TD

BROOKLET - Coming into the season, freshman running back Chase Walker wasn't even sure he would be playing for the varsity team. After another dominating performance, the Southeast Bulloch Yellow Jackets have to be glad he is playing on Friday nights.

Walker rushed for 306 yards and two touchdowns to lead SEB (3-4, 3-0) to a 24-18 win over the Johnson Atomsmashers. The win sets up a huge subregion matchup next week against Jenkins.

"The offensive line did a great job all night, and I was able to run behind them," Walker said following the game. "They were able to open up holes all night, and I just ran hard."

Southeast Bulloch ended the night with 405 yards rushing on 62 carries.

The Yellow Jackets established their running game early, taking the opening drive 76 yards on 12 plays, with all but one of the runs coming from Walker or Michael Davis. It was Davis who capped off the more-than six minute drive with a 9-yard touchdown run to give SEB an early lead.

Their next possession saw the Yellow Jackets go 54 yards, again all on the ground, ending with an Evan Heidler field goal and a 10-0 lead early in the second quarter.

While the offense was busy methodically driving down the field, the Yellow Jacket defense was keeping the explosive Atomsmasher offense in check. After Johnson's second possession, the Atomsmashers had as many negative plays, five, as positive ones.

However, shortly before halftime and backed up to its own 13, Johnson showed its explosive playmaking ability. A 77-yard run by Dushad Morris was followed by an 8-yard touchdown run by Jailyn Baker to cut the Jackets' lead to 10-6 at halftime.

The Jackets had two lengthy drives in the third quarter. But much to the frustration of head coach Pat Collins, they weren't able to come away with any points, turning the ball over on downs inside the Atom-smashers' 30 each time.

The second of those two drives saw SEB mysteriously lose a down. Following a holding penalty against SEB on first-and-10, the down marker on the field was changed to second down when it should have remained first. The officiating crew never corrected the down and following what was actually third down, Johnson took over possession.

The Atomsmashers were unable to capitalize on the good fortune, but pinned the Jackets inside their own 10 to start the next drive.

That's when Walker took over. He rushed for 10 yards on first down and, on the next play, found a hole on the right side and outran the defense for an 83-yard touchdown run.

"I've never had a run like that before," Walker said. "The offensive line opened up a hole, and I just hit it hard and kept running."

Johnson answered three plays later on a 73-yard screen pass to Darius Miller, who ran right and cut back across the field for a touchdown to trim SEB's lead to 17-12.

A failed onside kick gave SEB the ball at midfield and, five plays later, Walker found the end zone for the second time on a 16-yard run.

Now undefeated in subregion play, the Jackets face a Jenkins team that is also undefeated in subregion action next week. Jenkins has outscored its subregion opponents 114-6 in three games this year.