Tuesday night the Southeast Bulloch Yellow Jackets were playing their third game in the last eight days. Thankfully for the Yellow Jackets Tuesday’s opponent was winless Savannah High, who came in giving up over 44 points per game and have scored a total of 32 points. Those numbers were about the same Tuesday as Southeast Bulloch breezed to the 40-0 victory to improve to 7-0 on the season.
Tuesday night’s game was a make-up from their game on September 14 that was cancelled do to Hurricane Florence. Florence didn’t even bring rain to our area, however Tuesday’s game was played in a steady downpour, with Hurricane Michael on the way Wednesday and Thursday. The weather didn’t seem to phase the Yellow Jackets who outgained the Blue Jackets 321 to minus-5 in total offense.
“It’s been a roller coaster ride the last eight days,” said Southeast Bulloch coach Barrett Davis. “From an overtime win against Windsor Forest, to a one point win over Jenkins on Saturday, and now this win against Savannah High. It’s been long, but we’ve been successful.”
The Jackets were led by running back Jamari Daniel, who rushed for 128 yards on 20 carries, and three touchdowns despite sitting out the entire fourth quarter.
“We wanted to spread the football out, but Jamari got the bulk of the carries,” Davis said. “When he is on we are able to feed him, and he did a good job tonight.
The Jackets started the scoring midway through the first quarter as a 63 yard drive was capped off by Daniel scoring on a one yard run.
Southeast added another score just over three minutes later. After a bobbled punt gave the Yellow Jackets the ball on the Savannah High 20, Blaize Minick hooked up with Tyler Bailey — who made a great leaping catch — for a seven yard touchdown to extend the lead to 14-0.
A fumble recovery by Jordan Brown at the Savannah High 25 set up the next score of the game. Daniel capped that drive with a four yard score to give Southeast Bulloch a 21-0 lead.
Daniel added a five yard score with 3:01 left in the half, and Southeast Bulloch extended their lead to 28-0.
Southeast Bulloch added another score in the third quarter, as Minick took off around the far side for a nine yard touchdown to make it 34-0. There was a running clock in the fourth, which saw the final touchdown come on a 13-yard Darius Lovett touchdown run.
“We were able to get some young kids in the game tonight, which I was happy about,” Davis said. “That builds depth and gives the younger kids a chance to see what it’s like to play under the lights in a varsity game.”
The defense held the Blue Jackets to -3 yards at the half and ended the game holding Savannah High to -5 yards and only three first downs, each of which were the results of Yellow Jacket penalties.
“Their offense came out with a few sets we hadn’t seen,” Davis said. “But credit our coaching staff and our players as we made adjustments, and I’m proud of their effort for pitching a shutout.”
The region title will lay in the ballance on Oct. 19 as Southeast Bulloch and Benedictine meet for a showdown at Savannah State University.