SPRINGFIELD — The night completely belonged to the Statesboro Blue Devils.
Statesboro ended a five-year drought against Effingham County on Friday, limiting the Rebels to 139 total yards in 35-0 win at Rebel Field.
The undefeated Blue Devils, winners of three straight for the first time since 2013, held a 21-0 lead at halftime on the strength of Jaylin Roberson, who scored three times and rushed for 175 yards.
Roberson finished the contest with 262 yards on the ground and Aundrell Grace added 121.
The setback, which featured three second-half turnovers and dropped the Rebels to 1-3, prompted head coach Buddy Holder to focus on fundamentals.
“We are going back to the basics and (we will) build on self improvement,” Holder said. “Looking forward to an exciting game against Burke County.”
The lopsided loss did nothing to deter the Rebels’ postseason aspirations and four of their remaining six games are at home, including Region 2-AAAAAA dates with Glynn Academy (Nov. 1) and Richmond Hill (Nov. 8).
Burke County is 3-1, having beaten Benedictine, (55-42) Wilkinson County (49-6) and Evans (37-17). Its lone loss was to Ware County (23-10).
Friday’s game will mark the fourth straight year that Effingham County and Burke County have played. The Rebels are 1-4 all-time against the Bears. Their lone win came in 2016.
Last year, the Bears reeled off more than 100 offensive plays in a 31-14 win in Waynesboro.