The Southeast Bulloch Yellow Jackets are 3-0 for the first time since 2018 when they started the season 7-0. The Jackets have outscored their opponents 73-7 for an average of margin of victory of 24-2. The latest victory was a 21-7 win on the road at Screven County.
“We are currently 3-0 which beats the alternative and are really playing hard,” said Jacket coach Jared Zito. “Our effort across the board has steadily improved. We are playing great defense. To have played three games and only have one school score one touchdown against us is phenomenal. I am an offensive guy but I’m also old school and believe you win games with your defense.”
The Jackets have been equally impressive on both sides of the ball, but Zito feels they can get even better.
“The exciting thing for me as that we still have room for improvement,” said Zito. “We have had a few slow starts on offense which we can get better at. Screven tried to take away our passing game and I think we did a good job adjusting and running the football. I feel like we are getting close offensively to being a team that can score a lot of points. When we can get all 11 guys doing what they are supposed to do we can really be dangerous on offense.”
Friday’s trip to Sylvania was the first of four straight games on the road which continues this Friday at Grovetown. Zito knew this stretch was coming but is confident the Jackets are prepared for it.
“Four in a row on the road is tough but I feel the first one is always the toughest,” said Zito. “The good thing is we have a bye week separating the first two road games and the next two which will be helpful. Things are a little different with the road games from preparation to travel but we handled it pretty good last Friday.
This week the Jackets have a little longer trip ahead as they visit Grovetown. Last year Southeast Bulloch defeated Grovetown 20-7 in Brooklet. This year the Warriors come in with a record of 1-2 but Zito is expecting an improved team when the two meet up Friday night.
“It will be a long trip for us this week which will be a challenge,” said Zito. “Defensively they give a couple looks and we just have to be ready for that. I think their strength is in the secondary as they run really well so they will challenge us there and hopefully we are up for the challenge.”
The Warriors started the season with a 40-0 loss to Thomson which was followed by a 28-19 loss at North Augusta. Last week the Warriors finally broke into the win column with a 34-16 win over Greenbrier. The Warriors are led by quarterback Zaidon Gunn who has 187 yards rushing and running back Joseph Jean who has 388 yards on the ground and a pair of touchdowns.
“Jean is a big strong running back who looks like he can break tackles pretty well,” said Zito. “He is a guy they converted from defensive end and he’s big and a lot faster than you may think. Gunn is their quarterback, and they don’t throw much but he is capable of running and breaking off big plays. I feel we really have to be concerned with those two guys as far as their offense is concerned.”
Southeast Bulloch and Grovetown are scheduled for a 7:30 kickoff Friday at Grovetown.