In March then Brantley County sophomore Mikel Collins hit a solo homer and made two spectacular catches to help the Herons to a 7-1 win over Toombs County at Jacky Jones Field. On October 23, in Nahunta, the lefty turned two broken plays into touchdowns with two throws as Brantley held off the Bulldogs 26-12 on the Herons Senior Night,
Leading 6-0 in the second quarter, Collins turned a bobbled snap into six by scrambling and throwing a perfect strike to junior Luke Hutto to complete a seven-yard play. The two combined on a two-point pass giving the Herons a 14-0 lead with 9:43 to play in the second quarter.
Collins made an even better play with 27 seconds left in the half. On fourth down and 12 from the Bulldog 31, he scrambled to his right and to his left to keep the play alive. Then as Collins approached the Heron sideline, near the 50-yard line, he fired a pass 55-yards down field. It looked like a Bulldog was going to bat the pass away. But, instead the “Hail Mary” found the hands of Hutto for six lifting Brantley to a 20-6 lead at half.
The Bulldogs also made a big play in the second quarter in their passing game. Sophomore quarterback Dalton McBride faked a pitch to KeShawn Morgan and then dropped in a perfect pass to a wide open D.J. Matthews. His fellow sophomore caught the ball at the Heron 45 and then ran toward the toward the left pylon for a 65-yard touchdown play. Rig Tinoco’s PAT was blocked as the Dawgs chopped the Brantley lead to 14-6 with 8:47 to play in the second quarter.
Toombs County opened the third quarter with a 46-yard touchdown drive. Noah Anderson recovered a Heron onside kick and then the Bulldogs slowly drove down field, burning 8:17 off the clock, as they converted on two fourth down plays prior to scoring a touchdown on a fourth down run, from the three-yard line, by quarterback Jordan Usher. Tinoco’s extra point drifted off to the right as Toombs cut the Brantley lead to 20-12 with 3:43 to play in the third quarter.
In the second quarter the Bulldogs also converted on a fourth down and three play from their own 17 on a run by Usher. Back in 1998, at Screven County, TCHS also made a first down on a fourth down run inside their own 20 on a run by Derrick Mincey.
Brantley County opened the game with a touchdown drive. Senior Levi Chesser ran the ball to the goal line and then he fumbled the pigskin, however, it was recovered by a teammate nine yards deep in the end zone. Chesser scored the game’s final touchdown on a three-yard run with 1:28 to play in the third quarter.
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