It was only one quarter. But, it was a dominating first quarter for the 2016 varsity Toombs County Bulldogs. The Dawgs scored two touchdowns and Hephzibah contributed a safety, on a bad snap to the quarterback, as TCHS defeated the Rebels 16-0 in the only quarter the varsity got to play. The two junior varsity teams played a scoreless second quarter and before the two teams could leave the locker room for the second half a storm hit Booster Stadium ending the scrimmage game early. The varsity teams were scheduled to play the third and fourth quarters. Listen to Y-101’s play-by-play coverage
The Bulldogs kicked off to open the game and Rig Tinoco drilled the ball down to the 8-yard line where it was returned by the Rebels to their 20. On their first offensive play the center snapped the ball over the quarterback’s head and he had to retreat to recover the ball at the 3-yard line. Eventually, the Bulldog defense forced the Rebels to punt on fourth down and 16. Keshawn Morgan took that punt and ran 29-yards from the Rebel 44-yard line down to the 15.
The Dawgs finished the short drive with a 10-yard touchdown pass from Dalton McBride to Jacquail Boyd, who was wide open in the right corner of the north end zone. Tinoco took a Cameron Pannick snap and a Luke Anderson hold and successfully booted the extra point to give TCHS a 7-0 lead with 8 :12 to play in the first quarter.
Tinoco’s second kickoff was a line drive that made it across the goal line for a touch back. The Rebels gained eight-yards on a running play and a first down on a second rushing play. But, then the Dawg defense clamped down on the visitors with Ervin Mincey making a tackle for a three-yard loss and Dakota Braddock, Ryan Coursey and Will Fuller all getting involved in forcing Hephzibah to punt on fourth down and 11.
Morgan returned his second punt 29-yards. However, a penalty brought the ball back to the Bulldog 35. TCHS put together an eight play drive and moved the ball 39 yards. Jeidon Sistrunk ran 12-yards for a first down and Mark Johnson also moved the chains with a run. Toombs picked up a third first down on a Rebel penalty.
The drive ended shy of the red zone as the Bulldogs had three unproductive plays- a run for no gain, and incomplete pass and a third down completion to D.J. Matthews which netted only four yards. An illegal procedure penalty against the Dawgs moved the ball back to the Rebel 32. On fourth down and 11 senior Lane Adams, playing school football for the first time, booted a coffin corner punt out of bounds at the Rebel 3-yard line. On the next play another bad snap crossed the goal line giving the Bulldogs two points on a safety and a 9-0 lead with 28 seconds remaining.
The Rebels put the ball on the ground for the free kick from their 20-yard line. Demetris Owens returned the ball 12 yards to the Rebel 45. McBride then threw a perfect deep ball to Mincey who caught the ball and was tackled at the 3-yard line. The two-play drive ended on a 3-yard run by Morgan with 2.8 seconds left in the quarter. The offensive line opened up a giant hole right up the middle and Keshawn ran into the north zone with ease. Tinoco’s PAT made it 16-0. Rig’s final kick of the night also crossed the goal line.