The taste of victory is sweet in the Pit in Lyons even if you don’t play a complete game. Despite too many penalty flags, fumbles and missed tackles on third down runs by the opposition’s quarterback, the Toombs County Bulldogs opened the 50th season of football, at Booster Stadium, with a 26-6 region crossover win over Johnson County.
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The Atomsmashers took the opening kickoff and drove downfield to take a 6-0 lead. The best play for Johnson was third down scrambling runs by senior quarterback Regimel Thorpe. He put his team in the position to score and he finished the drive with a one-yard run with 6:23 to play in the first quarter. Ervin Mincey led the Bulldog defense as they stopped a two-point conversion attempt.
16 seconds after that score, the Bulldogs answered with a Bronza Jones 78-yard kickoff return. The senior up-back raced away from the pack and ran down the home sideline and into the south end zone for a special teams touchdown. Cole Williamson nailed the PAT to put TCHS up 7-6.
The Bulldogs scored two more touchdowns on offense in the second quarter and both by senior quarterback Jordan Usher. His touchdown runs at 6:48 and 1:45 gave the Dawgs a 20-6 lead. Rig Tinoco tried a 47-yard field goal with two seconds remaining in the first half. The sophomore missed the north end zone cross bar by the slimmest of margins.
Usher scored his third and the game’s final touchdown with 5:06 to play in the third quarter on a two-yard run on fourth down and one.
The Bulldog defense dominated the second half. Johnson struggled to gain positive yardage on first and second down runs. After Thorpe left the game with an injury the third down running threat was no more.