BROOKLET — If the playoffs started today, Southeast Bulloch would be on the outside looking in.
The Yellow Jackets currently sit in fifth place in Region 3-AAA with the top four seeds making it to the postseason.
That’s the bad news.
The good news is the playoffs don’t start today and Southeast Bulloch has played each of the four teams ahead of them in the standings, splitting those games at 2-2. They still have to face the three teams at the bottom of the region standings. That stretch begins tonight as the Yellow Jackets (2-4, 2-2) take on Groves (1-6, 0-4) in the second of three consecutive home games for SEB.
To say Groves has been struggling recently would be a bit of an understatement. The Rebels come in to tonight losing 16 of their last 17 games dating back to the start of last season. In their four region games so far in 2016, the Rebels have been outscored 164 to 80.
Offensively, the Rebels like to throw the ball with quarterback Dayday Peters directing the offense. He’s averaging nearly 135 yards per game on 20 pass attempts. Juniors Stephon Peters and Tayshawn Daniels have been Peters’ primary targets with the duo combining for 28 receptions for almost 500 yards and eight touchdowns on the year. Another junior, Dwayne Goldwire has four touchdowns on just nine receptions.
The ground game for Groves, meanwhile, has been anemic all season. Tyrone Gadson leads the Rebels with 144 yards for the season. For comparison, Chase Walker averages 140 yards per game rushing and has 842 total rushing yards in two fewer games than the Rebels have played.
Walker and Jontrell Wells lead the rushing attack for the Yellow Jackets with more than 1,000 yards and have combined for 12 touchdowns on the season.
Quarterback Caleb Carter has directed the offense all season and has emerged as a passing threat, throwing for 463 yards and two touchdowns while completing 43 percent of his passes. Josh Proctor has been his favorite target with 10 receptions and one touchdown on the year.
If the Yellow Jackets can win their final three games, including a makeup game against Johnson that was postponed as a result of Hurricane Matthew, the Yellow Jackets would be 5-2 in region play. That will likely be enough to get the Yellow Jackets in to the state playoffs.
Kickoff is set for 7:30 at Fred Shaver Field.