BROOKLET - Southeast Bulloch used a suffocating defense and a dominating offensive performance Friday night en route to a 42-7 win over Beach High School at Fred Shaver Field.
Chase Walker scored on two touchdown runs and Cecil McCollum ran for one score and caught another as the Yellow Jackets (2-3, 1-0) opened the sub-region 1-AAA schedule with a win.
The offense, which scored on its six of its seven possessions on the night, was consistently put in excellent field position by their defense. Beach's (3-3, 0-1) offense was only able to get two first downs in the entire first half as the Yellow Jackets forced the Bulldogs to go three-and-out on three of their four possessions.
"Our scout team offense, run primarily by our junior varsity team, gave us a tremendous look at their offense all week," said SEB head coach Pat Collins. "As a result, we were extremely prepared and those guys were able to be rewarded with some playing time in the fourth quarter tonight."
In addition to the defense, the SEB special teams were strong, with two kickoffs resulting in touchbacks and each of the others pinning the Bulldogs inside their 35 all night.
Southeast Bulloch was able to win the field position game that resulted in relatively short scoring drives for an offense that averaged nearly seven yards per carry on the night.
McCollum started the scoring on the Yellow Jackets' fourth play, taking a handoff up the middle and racing 40 yards for a touchdown. Walker added a 10-yard score late in the first quarter for SEB.
On their first possession of the second quarter, McCollum was able to get behind the defense to haul in a 44-yard pass from quarterback Jalylon Wells to put SEB up 21-0.
Tyler Collins was on the receiving end of Caleb Carter's 20-yard pass with a minute remaining in the second quarter to give SEB a 28-0 lead.
Walker and Slade Burgin added rushing scores in the second half while Beach scored late in the game to avoid the shut out.
"Defensively, our coaches, led by Jack Webb, had a very good game plan and our guys executed it very well," Collins said "I think we played well because we prepared well in practice.
The stingy Yellow Jacket defense held Beach to 3.75 yards per play and allowed only three plays of more than 10 yards.
"This was a big win to open our sub-region schedule," Collins said. "It wasn't always fun playing the tough non-region schedule that we opened the season with, but I think you can see from tonight that it paid dividends for us."
BHS 0 0 0 7 — 7
SEB 14 14 7 7 — 42
SEB_McCollum 40 run (Cribbs kick), 7:20
SEB_Walker 10 run (Cribbs kick), 1:18
SEB_McCollum 44 pass from Wells (Cribbs kick), 4:50
SEB_Collins 20 pass from Carter (Cribbs kick), 1:00
SEB_Walker 35 run (Cribbs kick), 8:17
SEB_Burgin 1 run (Sandhagen kick), 9:21
BHS_Oliver 30 pass from Ford (kick good), 2:23
First downs 6 13
Total Yards 134 354
Rushes-Yards 31-104 41-281
Passing 30 73
Comp-Att-Int 1-5-0 3-5-0
Turnovers 0 0
Penalties-Yards 8-40 4-25
RUSHING_BHS: Anderson 7-29; SEB: Walker, 17-126, 2 TDs
Passing_BHS: Ford, 1-5-0, 30, TD; SEB: Wells 2-3-0, 53, TD
Receiving_BHS: Oliver 1-30, TD; SEB: McCollum 1-44