Just like in 2013 season the Toombs County Bulldogs and the Bryan County Redskins will open their region schedules in Booster Stadium in Lyons. The game three years ago was quite a thriller. Despite a 208 yard rushing performance by Jamar Smith the Bulldogs lost to the Redskins 34-27 in triple overtime.
This time the Dawgs come in with a 2-1 record and Bryan is 1-1 with a 33-14 home win over the Beach Bulldogs. The game was broadcast on WSAV and is archived. Last Friday Bryan lost to McIntosh County County 14-0 in Pembroke.
The Redskins run the Wing on offense. Number 1 Gage Hagan (5-9 148 pound junior) is the quarterback and behind him is a back who reminds many of Jamar in build and in running style. Number 44 Markez Bostick (5-8 205 pound senior) is a strong and tough to tackle. His brother, Malik (#45), is a little bigger at 6-4 and 240 pounds. Malik is a tight end and a defensive end.
The Bulldogs at work
The Last two Toombs County/Bryan County games
On a hot Friday in the Pit the 2013 Bulldogs, in their first Region 2 game, overcame a 13-0 first half deficit. However, they lost in triple overtime to Bryan County 34-27. Jamar Smith scored two touchdowns in regulation to tie the game at 13 and then two more in overtime. The Redskins scored a TD in the third OT and then their defense layed a hit on Smith, as he was running hard for a first down, jarring the ball loose and ending a long night for both teams. Smith tallied his second straight 200-plus rushing game. The junior had 208 yards on 34 carries. He had a long run of 23 yards and averaged 6.1 yards per carry. Smith has run for 439 on 52 rushes for the season and is averaging 8.4 yards per run.
The Redskins put together a 70-yard scoring drive in the first quarter which featured three fourth down conversions. Two on offensive plays and one on a fake punt. Quarterback Jeremy McClendon threw a short pass and receiver Raekwon Love turned it into a 30-yard touchdown with a run down the Redskins’ sideline. Bryan County went for two-points and failed giving the Redskins a 6-0 lead with 4:25 to play in the period. The Bulldogs had one first down in the first quarter and they turned the ball over on an interception on their first possession.
Toombs turned the ball over on a fumble in the second quarter. The Dawgs turned the ball over four times losing three fumbles and throwing a pick. The Redskins recovered the ball at the Dawg 37 and scored after a timeout from the 12-yard line. Damion Dixon was inserted into the Wildcat Formation and he took the snap and scored to put Bryan County up 13-0 with 1:39 to play in the first half.
Sophomore Jordan Usher took over at quarterback for TCHS and made a first down run that set up Smith for a 15-yard touchdown run with 1:04 to play in the half. The Bulldogs PAT failed so it was 13-6 Bryan County at the half.
The Bulldogs tied the game at 13-all with 4:53 to play in the third quarter. Usher made a fine play fake that fooled the Redskin defense and he took off on a first down run. Smith finished the drive with a six-yard run that was similar to many he had in middle school. He broke tackles all the way to the end zone. Oswaldo Guzman tied the game with the extra point.
Neither team scored in the fourth quarter, although the Dawgs had several chances. Toombs recovered a fumble at the Bryan 35 with 6:01 to play. The Bulldogs drove down to the 17 setting up a 34-yard field goal attempt for Guzman. He booted one of the same distance against Montgomery County into the north end zone. However, he missed his kick to the south end zone by a small margin.
The game went to overtime and each team got the ball at the 15-yard line. The Redskins scored on a three-yard quarterback run by McClendon out of the T-formation and they kicked the PAT to take a 20-13 lead. The Bulldogs countered by converting a fourth down on a Javon Edwards run and then Smith scored on a two-yard carry. Guzman drilled the PAT to make it 20-all.
Both teams scored a touchdown and kicked an extra point in the second overtime. Smith scored his fourth TD of the night and seventh of the season on a two-yard run and McClendon threw to Dixon in the end zone for a 14-yard completion.
The game was decided in the third overtime. Nick Scott scored on a fourth down run of five yards and Terry Hardy took care of the PAT and the Bulldogs were stopped on fourth down and four at the nine to give the Redskins their first ever victory over Toombs County in their sixth try. The Dawgs final possession began with a five-yard penalty.
The Toombs County Bulldog defense set the tone early in their Region 2 opener at Bryan County that it wasn’t going to be easy to run against their front five. Tomond Hampton, Jamar Smith Brandon Dowd, Eric Hester, Brandon Beckum and Anthony Britt all helped the Dawgs control the line of scrimmage in a 19-0 win.
On the Redskins first possession TCHS forced a third down pass that was intercepted by a blitzing Cody Dowd. The senior linebacker then raced 30 yards for his first Bulldog touchdown. “It was a run read, the guard pulled and I ran down hill and when I realized it was a pass I just got back in my zone and I read the quarterback’s eyes and I jumped on the pass,” Dowd said. Oswaldo Guzman’s PAT put Toombs up 7-0 with 10:23 to play in the first quarter.
The Bulldogs next two touchdowns were scored on fourth and two runs by Smith. The sophomore halfback scored on a 31-yard run with 4:31 to play in the first half and a 12-yard bruising carry in which he broke several tackles before crossing the goal line. “I had a good block from my fullback Cameron Conner, my running back Mark Terrell and my tight end Tamond Hampton and I broke outside, broke a tackle and ran down field,” Smith said about his first touchdown. “The second one I just ran 34 like coach told me to and got behind my blockers, kept on pushing and got into the end zone,” Jamar.