Getting two non-region wins in their first two games was a big accomplishment for this year’s Southeast Bulloch Yellow Jackets.
The senior class for SEB had always started 0-2 or worse in their previous three years, but after wins against Screven County to open the season and then a road win at Tattnall County, the Yellow Jackets (2-0) are set to begin the most important part of their schedule — region games.
“We’ve got overall team goals and one of them was to win our non-region games,” said SEB Head Coach Barrett Davis. “We accomplished that.”
Now, however, the season starts over, Davis said, as the Yellow Jackets open up the region portion of their schedule, host an Islands (0-2) team that has never defeated Southeast Bulloch in four games.
“Islands has a very good football team,” Davis said. “They’re athletic and well coached. They’re going to throw the ball a lot and on defense they fly to the ball.”
Davis said senior Kaley Deloach and junior Micheal Robertson Jr. where two players to keep an eye on for the Sharks.
Deloach, who is listed as a running back and outside linebacker, has the talent to play at a Division I college next year, Davis said.
With school being out Monday and Tuesday, Davis said the team was thrown off their usual routine, but that the team has responded well.
“We had to practice in the morning Monday and Tuesday, but the kids have had good practices,” he said. “The only difference is the time, but practice stays the same with lifting weights and studying film.”
Davis said the experiences over the first two games should help the Yellow Jackets as they move forward.
“Our kids don’t get rattled,” he said. “We found out on Friday, down 6-0 at halftime (against Tattnall County). We remained calm, made some adjustments at halftime and went out to make good plays. We were able to shake off bad plays get ready for the next one.”
Davis credited his team’s ability to have a “reset mode” in which they focus only on the next play.
“There are resilient, work hard and do what’s asked of them,” he said.
The Yellow Jackets will look to build on their offensive success of their first two games. Southeast Bulloch is averaging more than 200 yards a game on the ground, primarily behind running backs Jamari Daniel, Jontrell Wells and quarterback Blaize Minick. That trio has combined for 381 of the teams 418 total rushing yards.
Defensively, SEB has held its opponents to an average of 194.5 yards a game.
One area the Yellow Jackets need to improve upon is penalties. Southeast Bulloch has been flagged 18 times over two games and amassed 195 yards in penalties over two games.
Davis said the Yellow Jackets appreciated playing in front of a big home crowd in their season opener and is hoping for more of the same tonight.
“The kids definitely noticed the crowd. We loved having hometown support and it shows our community really supports SEB football.
Kickoff is set for 7:30 at Fred Shaver Field.