Emily takes the crown and Pierce wins the game

In a Region 1 game, in which Pierce County beat Toombs County 41-20, the highlight at halftime was the crowning of the homecoming queen. TCHS senior competition cheerleader Emily Banks said she was shaking when Rustin Howard called out her name on the public address system in Booster Stadium. Breanna Walker, the 2014 homecoming queen who now plays basketball at Coastal Georgia, crowned Emily the 2015 queen. Naomi Delgado, a freshman was named the Homecoming Princess. Watch a Bryce Braddy slideshow  practice slideshow

Emily Banks (right) is the 2015 TCHS Homecoming Queen
Emily Banks (right) is the 2015 TCHS Homecoming Queen and Naomi Delgado is the Princess

As for the game, the high scoring Bears only scored seven points in the first quarter. Quarterback Stetson Bennett dropped back to pass on the first play from scrimmage in the game. He had plenty of time to throw, but couldn’t find an open receiver. So, he he took off when he felt some pressure from two Bulldog lineman. Bennett ran to the left, the to the middle of the field and then down the Bulldog sideline. After his 73-yard run Pierce was on the scoreboard just 25 seconds in to the game.

The Bulldogs countered by reeling off three first downs on their first possession and they moved the ball inside the Bear 40. But, TCHS didn’t score. Pierce scored a second TD on a fourth down play from the Bulldog 11-yard line to take a 14-0 lead with nine minutes to play in the first half. That TD was set up by a Bulldog fumble inside the Dawg 20.

Halfway through the second quarter the Bears were way off their scoring pace. Averaging 46 per game, the Bears picked up their offensive pace when Brandon Sapp, escaped from the pile, and raced away for a 52-yard touchdown which helped increase the Pierce lead to 21-0 with 5:15 to play in the half.

The Bulldogs came back with a play which almost scored a touchdown in the Cook County game. Dalton McBride threw a short pass to Landon Cowart. At Adel the play netted 60-yards. In the Pit Landon ran the ball 62-yards for six. Rig Tinoco booted the PAT to cut the Bear lead to 21-7 with 3:o5 to left in the half.

Unfortunately, the Dawgs scored too fast and left too much time on the first half clock. Pierce drove downfield and scored on a three-yard run by Bennett with 2:34 on the clock and the Bears had a 27-7 lead at the break. However, the Bulldogs had a chance to score points before the half.

McBride threw a pass which was caught with one-hand by Jordan Usher and the Dawgs had the ball at the Bear five. On the next play, with roughly 22 seconds, remaining Toombs was flagged for snapping the ball too quickly. TCHS coach Lyman Guy came out on the field to point out the clock was running after the first down was marked and he was flagged for a 15-yard penalty and then another flag was thrown against Toombs. Suddenly the ball was at the Pierce 40-yard line after the penalty yardage was walked off. Tinoco tried a 58-yard field goal which came up short.

The Bears first TD of the second half came on a tipped pass. The Bulldog defensive back deflected the ball up in the air and Blake Chancey caught it near the end zone and ran it in.  The 40-yard play gave Pierce a 34-7 lead with 7:11 remaining in the third quarter. A 39-yard touchdown pass from Bennett to Cody Williams increased the Pierce County lead to 41-7 with 1:49 to play in the third.

Toombs County scored two fourth quarter touchdowns. Usher, from the quarterback position, ran the ball in from the four and Alex Ashley took a pitch and ran the ball into the south end zone.