The August 21st event kicks off the 2021 high school football season with the Macon County
Bulldogs taking on the Panthers from Clinch County at 6:00 p.m. followed by the Wayne
County Yellow Jackets and the Blue Devils from Statesboro High butting heads at 9:00 p.m.
Both contests will take place at Georgia Southern’s legendary Allen E. Paulson Stadium.
From Montezuma, Georgia, the Bulldogs from Macon County High school compete in
Region 5-A and are coached by Dexter Copeland. Serving as the school’s Athletic Director,
Copeland is a native of Warner Robins (Northside HS) and is a graduate of Georgia
Southern University. He has coached for over 15 years with stints at Twiggs County,
Baldwin County, Hawkinsville and Monticello.
Representing Region 2-A, Clinch County High School is in Homerville, Georgia. A former
Panther football standout himself, Don Tison returned to his alma mater as the head coach
in 2019. He is the son of former head football coach Donald Tison. The Panthers’ football
stadium is named after the late Donald Tison, who was Clinch County’s head football coach
from 1974-1994. The younger Tison was the Offensive Coordinator for Clinch County
overseeing the most prolific offense in Panther history in 2010 and served in the same role
for four of the school’s eight state title teams (2010, 2015, 2017, 2018).
From Jesup, Georgia, the Region 1-5A Yellow Jackets of Wayne County High School are
coached by Ken Cribb. Entering his 5th season at the helm, Cribb previously turned the
Bluffton High School (SC) Bobcats into a Palmetto State power going 63-26 in seven
seasons including numerous semi-finals appearances and a state runner up in 2011.
The Yellow Jackets from Wayne County are stepping up to Class 6-A to take on Statesboro
High School in the night cap. The Blue Devils are coached Jeff Kaiser, who took over the
reigns from Steve Pennington in 2018. Previously at Tattnall County High School, Kaiser
was a football and baseball star at Statesboro High and played defensive line for the
University of Georgia Bulldogs .
The Downtown Statesboro Development Authority will kick off their season of F1rst Friday’s with the Downtown Pep Rally on August 6th from 5:30-8 pm at the Bulloch County Courthouse. The event will showcase local marching bands, football teams, and cheerleading squads.
The 2021 Downtown Pep Rally is a public event celebrating local football teams in Bulloch County. Rhan Hutcheson, the Executive Director of the Averitt Center for the Arts, will introduce each of the teams as they take the stage on the Courthouse steps.
Join the community and show some team spirit in celebrating each school. Rhan Hutcheson will interview the coaches and some of the key players to discuss their teams’ upcoming seasons. This year’s pep rally schedule of appearance is as follows: 5:30 p.m. Bulloch Academy, 6:00 p.m. Portal High School, 6:30 Georgia Southern University Athletics, and 7:30 p.m. Statesboro High School.
The proud sponsor of this year’s Downtown Pep Rally event is Statesboro Natural Gas. They will be providing hotdogs and refreshments for the attending teammates. There will also be local vendors on Siebald Street selling food and products to parents and other community members.
The Downtown Statesboro Development Authority would also like to thank their additional sponsors for 2021-2022: CORE Credit Union, Georgia Power, Colony Bank, East Georgia Center for Oral and Facial Surgery, Coca-Cola, Statesboro Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Southern Chiropractic & Wellness Center, Tormenta FC, Colony Bank, Cinnaholic and McKeithen’s True Value .