TCHS Bulldogs overcome sluggish 1st quarter with inspired play the rest of the way

Down 21-0 after 12 minutes and five seconds of their rivalry game at Buck Cravey Field in Vidalia, the Toombs County Bulldogs quite making mistakes and started making plays. The more efficient effort, some Indian mistakes and the right leg of Rig Tinoco allowed the Bulldgos to score 13 straight points in the second and third quarter. However the Indians held on to a 31-20 victory. Watch a Bryce Braddy slideshow  Y-101 Story

Jadarius McLendon (15) crosses the Dawg goaline
Jadarius McLendon (15) crosses the Dawg goaline

Vidalia was in a driving mode in the first quarter of the game. The Indians finished drives of 76, 32 and 46-yards with touchdown runs of four-yards by fullback Jadarius McLendon, four by the shifty wing back Shon Jones and 34 by the other wing Lakia Henry. The first two touchdowns were scored with 5:54 and 3:33 remaining in the first quarter. The third just five minutes into the second quarter.

What seemed to change the momentum in the second quarter was sophomore Ervin Mincey’s punt block. The Bulldogs fumbled on the drive following the block. However, the Indians fumbled it back to the Dawgs at the Vidalia 18. Toombs senior quarterback Jordan Usher scored on a four-yard run with 1:55 to play in the half and with a Tinoco PAT the Indian lead was 21-7.

Luke Anderson holds as Tinoco nails a 42-yard field goal
Luke Anderson holds as Tinoco nails a 44-yard field goal
"It's GOOOOOOOD!!!!!
“It’s GOOOOOOOD!!!!!

The Bulldogs forced a Vidalia punt. The Indians were flagged for 10 yards worth of penalties and had to kick from their five. On third down TCHS sent Tinoco out to try a 44-yard field goal. In the Johnson, the week before in the Pit, the sophomore missed a 48-yarder by a smidgen right before half. This time a perfect Cameron Panick snap and a smooth Luke Anderson hold led to a prefect strike by Tinoco and the kick was “GOOOOOOOD!!!!” cutting the Indians lead to 21-10 at half.

The Bulldogs got the ball to start the second half and a fourth down run by quarterback Dalton McBride turned into a big play and set up a 37-yard field goal by Tinoco. Kicking at the goal post in the east end zone Rig booted another beauty and his three-pointer meant the Bulldogs had scored 13 straight points and their kicker seven in a row.

Vidalia stopped the run with a 41-yard field goal and a Henry touchdown run. TCHS ended the busy night on the scoreboard with a last second pitch from Usher to Tyrese Kent. Usher got rid of the ball as he was being tackled and Kent made his second big play of the game by racing down the Dawg sideline for six points on a play that netted 39-yards. Once again the Tinoco extra point was on line meaning the special teams player scored eight of the Bulldogs’ 21 points.

First Quarter Woes- In their last 22 games, dating back to the beginning of the 2013 season, the Toombs County Bulldogs have scored only three touchdowns in the first quarter- two offensive TD’s and one on special teams. All three touchdowns were scored in the Pit.

In 2013 the Bulldogs, against Jeff Davis, Jamar Smith finished a nine-yard drive with a three-yard TD. In 2014 Smith finished a one-play 14-yard dive with a TD run against Beach and this season Bronza Jones scored a first quarter touchdown on a 78-yard kickoff return.