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SEB begins new era in Brooklet
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    The Southeast Bulloch Yellow Jackets begin a new era of football today as they unveil first-year head coach John Kenny and his new spread offense against visiting Toombs County on Fred Shaver Field at 7:30 p.m. in Brooklet.
    The Jackets are ready.
    “You put in all the hard work,” said Kenny, “and winter weights, and spring, and finally, you get to play up under the lights.”
    Taking on Toombs and its Wing-T running attack will be no easy task for Kenny and his squad, especially with the new wrinkles in the Bulldog offense.
    “They’re real physical up front,” said Kenny about the TCHS offense. “They run the Wing-T about as good as you can run it. One wrinkle this year they haven’t done in the past is they do get into some spread formations and some shotgun, but they’re going to run a lot of the traditional Wing-T stuff.”
    The Jackets are no stranger to that form of offense, having run it up until Kenny’s February arrival, and they have gotten some reps in against the scout team in preparation of the Toombs game.
    Kenny has been focused during the fall on improving his squad primarily in preparation for region play.
    “Our biggest concern is still us,” Kenny said. “Correcting us and getting what we want out of our team, and fundamentals, and trying to improve each play each day. I feel like our kids are going to give a good effort, limit mistakes, and try to improve every play and every quarter, and have a good shot at the end.”
    To do that, says Kenny, the Jackets will need to keep their defense on the sidelines and stretch out some sustained drives that will eat up the clock when they have the ball.
    A standout in the SEB running game in the Wheeler County scrimmage a week ago was tailback Tharon Davis, a quick back who rushed for over 100 yards in the three-quarter game.
    The running game will be mixed with the passing game that looked to be coming together as well in the scrimmage. Quarterback Joe Wilson was able to distribute the ball well in the preseason game, utilizing a variety of outs and screen passes.
    Both of those aspects of the offense will need to click if the Jackets are going to be able to control the clock against the Bulldogs.
    Turnovers were an issue in last week’s scrimmage, so Kenny has spent the final week of practice emphasizing ball security.
    Kenny was pleased overall with the way his team was progressed, and it seems as though Brooklet has taken notice.
    “We had a great, enthusiastic crowd at the first jamboree,” Kenny said. “The fans were terrific and we want them all to come back. Hopefully we’ll see them at Fred Shaver Field.”

    Matt Yogus can be reached at (912) 489-9404.