The Southeast Bulloch Yellow Jackets dominated a three-team scrimmage Friday night at Fred Shaver Field in Brooklet. The Jackets hosted Portal and Bryan County with each team playing one another for two 12-minute quarters with a running clock. The Jackets beat Portal 27-0, and they beat Bryan County 20-0.
Portal was able to outscore Bryan County 13-7 in their matchup.
The first matchup of the evening saw Portal taking on Bryan County. The Panthers started out a little shaky, allowing Bryan County to come down field and score on a six yard pass from Hunter Lee to Thomas Stewart. From there, the Panthers looked pretty good on both sides of the ball.
The Panther defense came up with a pair of turnovers, the first coming on an interception by Handsome Coleman. That would lead to a wild play, as quarterback Wilken Washington fumbled the ball at the 18 yard line, but offensive lineman Anthony McCubbins scooped up the loose ball and ran in for the touchdown. The extra point failed and it was 7-6.
The Panther defense came up with another turnover moments later. Ty’vaccea Heard stripped the ball loose and recovered at the 12 yard line. That would lead to a one-yard touchdown run by Washington. The extra point by Jose Sanchez was good to finish the scoring at 13-7.
“We had a lot of good things happen tonight, and we had a few bad things,” said Portal coach Matt Smith. “I felt like we had some good moments against Bryan County on both sides of the ball. Southeast Bulloch is big and strong, and we had some problems with that. I did feel like we never quit, and we kept fighting throughout the whole scrimmage.”
Portal remained on the field to take on Southeast Bulloch in the next contest. The matchup was all Yellow Jackets from the start. On the Jackets opening drive Ethan Shannon took off around the outside for a 51 yard touchdown run, and a 6-0 Southeast Bulloch lead.
The Jacket offense struck again moments later with Darius Lovett capping a six play drive with a one-yard touchdown. Jonah Jones extra point made it 13-0.
Statesboro High’s Michael “Flip” Dixon transferred to Southeast Bulloch over the summer, and he made his presence known on the next Jacket score. DIxon
hauled in a 35-yard touchdown pass from senior Peyton Carr for a 20-0 lead.
Carr and sophomore Khristian Clark split time at quarterback much of the night. Clark capped off the Yellow Jacket scorning on a 36-yard quarterback keeper for a 27-0 lead. The Panthers had one final chance to score after Aiden Fordham got them down to the five yard line on a 58-yard run, but the Panthers were unable to get into the end zone, and the matchup came to an end.
“I thought we executed pretty well throughout both games,” said Southeast Bulloch coach Barrett Davis. I thought we blocked well up front on offense, and our backs did a good job of getting through the holes. On defense we played pretty solid, there are a few areas we need to improve on, but overall I liked what I saw tonight.”
One of the big question marks for the Jackets coming into the season was who would fill the shoes of departing quarterback Blaze Minick. The answer was Carr and Clark, who both had their moments.
Carr had a couple long passes in both games that helped set up scores. One on a 46 yard pass to Statesboro transfer Andre Evans, and another coming on a 39-yard pass to Tyler Griffin. Clark not only scored on a quarterback run, but also caught a couple passes, and made some nice stops on defense.
“When I was at Burke County we had a dual quarterback system, and that worked pretty good,” Davis said. “Peyton throws a good ball, and he looked good when he had to run the ball. Khristian is a kid we are counting on a lot on defense, but he showed tonight what a great athlete he is as he scored at quarterback, and made a couple of nice plays at receiver and linebacker.”
The final contest saw Southeast Bulloch taking on Bryan County. The Jackets once again scored early as after a Bryan County fumble, Ethan Shannon scored on a 29 yard touchdown for a 7-0 lead.
The next points came from the Yellow Jacket defense. Kayden Taylor came up with his first of two interceptions on the night. A pass from the Redskins Hunter Lee was tipped, Taylor picked it off and then went 25 yards for the touchdown for a 14-0 lead.
Taylor would come up with another interception late in the game, which set up the final score, as running back T.J. Mitchell went 12-yards for the final points of the game.
The Jackets will next host Long County in a scrimmage game next Friday at 7:00. Portal opens the 2019 season at home Friday August 23rd as they host Warren County at 7:30.