The winning formula for new Toombs County Bulldog head coach Richie Marsh, in his first regular season game with the Dawgs, was simple and effective. On defense the Bulldogs ran to the ball. Marsh’s main focus point since he first stepped on the practice field during the spring. The Bulldogs swarmed the East Laurens Falcons’ wing making at least 12 tackles behind the line of scrimmage. Meanwhile, on offense Keshawn Morgan, with help from his line, grinded out 244 rushing yards on 28 carries and the junior scored four touchdowns on runs 30, 8, 12 and 3 yards. After falling behind 10-0 after the opening quarter, the Bulldogs reeled off 24 straight points in a 31-17 win in Booster Stadium. Listen to archived Y-101 play-by-play First Half Second Half
Marsh becomes the fifth straight Bulldog coach to win his debut game and all five victories by Mark Stroud, Shane Williamson, Steve Versprille and L.M. Guy were earned in the legendary Pit in Lyons.
The Falcons scored the first 10 points of the game despite the fact that the Bulldogs were making a lot of tackles behind the line of scrimmage. East Laurens did not have a positive yardage offensive play on it’s first possession. However, on the Falcons second possession speedy sophomore Darius Peed escaped, on the first play, and ran 53-yards down his sideline and into the north end zone with 7:37 to play in the first quarter. Jon Eric Senn kicked the extra point to stake the Falcons to a 7-0 lead.
Morgan returned the kickoff to around the Dawg 40 where he was hit and knocked up into air. The ball was jarred out and the Falcons recovered at the TCHS 41. EL moved 21 yards and set up a 37-yard field goal attempt for Senn. The left footed kicker bounced the ball off the cross bar and through to give the Falcons their 10-0 lead with 3:45 to play in the first quarter.
The Bulldogs finally lit up their side of the scoreboard with the 30-yard run by Morgan. Rig Tinoco added the PAT and TCHS trailed 10-7 with 11:12 to play in the second quarter. Morgan’s second touchdown put the Bulldogs up for good. He ran eight yards and Tinoco’s kick made it 14-10 Dawgs with 1:16 to play in the half.
Tinoco drilled a 33-yard field goal with seven minutes to play in the third quarter and Toombs had a 17-10 advantage on the scoreboard.
Eight seconds into the fourth quarter Morgan’s third touchdown, a 12-yard run, upped the Bulldog lead to 24-10. The Toombs defense was continuing to stifle the Falcon offense with more TFL’s- tackles for a loss. However, another big play by Peed made it a one touchdown game. Peed caught a pass from Senn, the number two quarterback, and escaped racing down the Bulldog sideline for an 84-yard touchdown. Suddenly it was 24-17 Bulldogs with 9:25 to play.
The Bulldogs answer was to continue with the formula. With the offensive line mashing the Falcons defensive line, Morgan scored his fourth touchdown with 2:01 to play to seal the victory. Keshawn ran only three yards. But, it may have been his most impressive TD run. Even though he was hit near the goal line, Morgan scored by diving into the end zone.