ADEL -- In the past few years, Cook High School's football team has been used to playoff success. The Hornets, however, weren't used to the quick exit they experienced last season.
Cook begins its quest for a third trip to the Georgia Dome and Georgia high school's state semifinals tonight in Adel. The Hornets (9-1) host Southeast Bulloch (7-3) with kickoff at 7:30 p.m. (radio: WDDQ-FM 92.1)
"Ten-and-0 would have been better, but we're still in the running," said George Dean, who took over Cook's program this season. "We've got a good group of kids. Some came back out who weren't playing.
"About eight of them have been to the dome twice already, so we've got a good nucleus of seniors. We may not have better personnel, but we have a better football team than last year."
Both teams come into tonight's game on a roll. Southeast Bulloch has won four in a row since losing back-to-back games to Region 3-AA's top teams, Vidalia and Toombs County. The Yellow Jackets lost to defending Class AAA champions Screven County, 25-22, early in the season.
In its last four games, Southeast Bulloch has outscored its opponents, 151-20.
"We got a good shot at this one. We just have to play hard." Dean said. "They run a split-4 and the wing-T. They're a lot like Irwin County, and they execute really well."
Since losing the last-second game to Region 2-AA champion Charlton County, 20-16, Cook has beaten its last three foes by a combined 139-49.
And the Hornets will be at Memorial Stadium.
"We're not bad on the road, we're just better at home," Dean said.