Without a doubt as I travel the state of Georgia speaking to civic or sports booster clubs, the question of “What Happened to Statesboro Football” is always asked. For the uninformed, up until the past three or four years, one of the most feared programs in Georgia prep football was the Statesboro High School Blue Devils.
This proud program won a state championship in 2001, beating Dalton 51-13. They repeated that feat in 2005 by downing Northside Warner Robins, 20-17 at Paulson Stadium on the campus of Georgia Southern University. There is more success. In 2002 the Blue Devils went 8-3, then 11-3-1 as the Class 4A runner up to Marist in 2003, and then 14-1 the very next year as the runner-up to Warner Robins before capturing their second title of the decade.
The wins flowed like rushing water for several years, 9-2, 7-4, 11-2, 6-5, and then came a heartbreaking last play loss to Chattahoochee, 22-21 in the 2010 Class 4A semifinals. The wins didn’t stop there … until 2014. After a 10-2 campaign in 2013, the wins all but vanished. The won-loss record became 2-8, 2-8, 0-10 and last season 2-7.