SAVANNAH—The Yellow Jackets of Southeast Bulloch came into Theodore A. Wright Stadium with an undefeated record, but were still huge underdogs against Benedictine. Southeast Bulloch’s hopes for an undefeated season came to an abrupt end against BC where they lost 42-0, all points coming in the first half.
”We knew they were a good football team, nobody is trying to sugarcoat that,” Head Coach Barrett Davis said. “I think we’ve got a good football team. We made a lot of mistakes tonight.”
The Cadets opened the game with a quick five play, 50 yard scoring drive that left the SEB defense looking at each other, having just begun the game less than two minutes earlier. It looked like Blaize Minick and the Yellow Jacket offense was going to respond, with the senior quarterback and Jamari Daniel working the clock and finding all the holes on the ground.
A two yard sack though pushed the visitors out of field goal range and they were forced to punt for the first time.
After three nice runs from Benedictine, Carter Geriner launched a perfect ball to Trent Broadnax for their first of three hookups on the night to double the Cadet lead at 14-0. On their first two scoring drives, the Cadets used a mind-boggling 2:19 of game clock.
The Yellow Jackets once again took the field looking to get in the endzone for the first time, but the holes that were there for #8 vanished and were clogged by the stout defense of the No. 7 team in AAA.
On the ensuing punt, Jakeen Harris returned it all the way to the house, but a block in the back bailed out the Yellow Jackets. SEB was only safe from a three score deficit for three plays as the Cadets were once again celebrating in the endzone off a trick-run up the middle by #13.
The teams traded punts and after SEB was able to hold Benedictine, they regained some momentum. Until Minick lateralled the ball into a fumble that the Cadets pounced on.
Two plays later it was a 28-0 game and the visitor’s side was totally depleted.
The Cadets scored two more times before halftime, where the Yellow Jackets were finally able to escape the scrutiny of a rowdy home stands and regroup.
“We remained calm with our kids,” Davis said. “They haven’t been in a situation all season. It’s been a close game or we’ve been in it or we’ve been leading at halftime, so it was a new feeling.”
SEB received the ball to start the second half and worked through a nice drive for 46 yards that ended with a blocked field goal, once again ruining any hopes of getting a positive out of the one-sided affair.
The Yellow Jacket defense held strong in the second half, only allowing Benedictine to gain 13 yards over two drives of running clock.
Minick ended his final matchup with the Cadets completing all four of his passes and picking his teammates up after a shellacking that HEAD COACH said will hurt. The Yellow Jackets will have the opportunity to put the 42-0 loss behind them with two final region games in the next two weeks—Groves and Johnson.
“This obviously stings and you can tell it in their eyes that it upsets them,” Davis said. “I think it’s going to fuel the fire for the rest of the season.”