REIDSVILLE—The Barrett Davis regime in Brooklet is off to a brilliant start after Southeast Bulloch continued its undefeated start with a 21-14 win over Tattnall County Friday night. Things seemed to be headed in a different direction as SEB had just 85 yards to compliment two Blaize Minick interceptions at halftime, but the Jackets rebounded over the final two quarters.
“Tattnall came out and hit us in the mouth early,” SEB Head Coach Barrett Davis said. “We were very relaxed and we warned our kids about that.”
The Warriors had a near perfect scoring drive to open the game, going 77 yards on 13 plays to eat up nearly nine minutes of the opening quarter. The Yellow Jackets had no answers for Tattnall’s offensive line or running back Dez Kennedy.
Pressure was successfully put on the visitors who sacrificed the ball back to the Warriors just two plays later as Minick’s ball was tipped into Morgan Durrance’s hands. The Yellow Jacket defense came up big and held Tattnall on the one yard line, shutting the door on the opportunity for Tattnall to take a two score lead.
“(At halftime) we told defense to keep churning away,” Davis said. “We felt like we had some answers after that first drive and the defense stepped up.”
After halftime, Minick and running back Jamari Daniel orchestrated a near perfect drive of their own. 13 plays, 66 yards and six and a half minutes later, the Yellow Jackets had their first lead of the night.
The lead was squandered just two minutes later after a 50 yard pass to Jonah Mercer. The home side went crazy, feeling a sense of hope they hadn’t felt since halftime.
Tattnall’s hope was extinguished after an efficient four play, game-tying drive led by Minick’s dual threat ability and set up by wide receiver Tyler Bailey’s 65 yard kickoff return.
“Tyler is just a playmaker for us,” Davis said. “Luckily he was able to field a good kick and create a wedge, pick up some good blocks up front and he knows how to just hit the hole.”
From that play on, the Yellow Jackets owned all the momentum. A Tattnall fumble at midfield gave SEB the ball back, setting up a methodical game-winning drive.
Now at 2-0 for the first time since 2013, Davis is happy for his players, but doesn’t want to become complacent.
“For me, it’s just coaching football,” Davis said. “Regardless if I’m a head coach or assistant, our staff works together in unison to put the kids in a good position to compete and not give up.”
The Yellow Jackets will look to extend their winning streak as they host Islands in their first region game next week.