Dawgs fall behind 7-0 and then reel off 28 straight in 38-21 win at Bacon County

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In four of the Toombs County Bulldogs’ first five games the opponent has scored first. In three of those games the Dawgs have come back and won the game including Friday’s trip to Alama to play the Bacon County Raiders in a Region 2 match up. On the second play from scrimmage the Raiders scored on a 75-yard run to take a 7-0 lead with 11:32 to play in the first quarter. However, from that point on until the finale six minutes of the game the Bulldogs dominated the Raiders on their homecoming night. Toombs scored 28 straight points in a 38-21 victory.

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The Bulldogs are 4-2 overall and 2-0 in Region 2. Toombs has won three straight games for the first time since the 2008 season and the Dawgs have also won three straight road games dating back to last season including 48-16 at Claxton (2015) and 49-35 at Telfair. In 2012 the Dawgs won five straight away from Booster Stadium and they won their last road game of 2011 to make that a six-game winning road streak.

The Bulldogs draw quite a crowd after wins both home and away
The Bulldogs draw quite a crowd after wins both home and away

The Bulldogs scored four rushing touchdowns and amassed 345 yards on 39 carries averaging 8.8 yards a touch. Keshawn Morgan ran the ball 20 times for 148 yards averaging 7.4 yards per carry and he scored on two TD runs of five yards. Jeidon Sistrunk totaled 133 yards on 12 carries averaging 11.3 yards and scored a touchdown. Quarterback Dalton McBride carried the ball seven times for 64 yards and scored a touchdown plus he threw a 27-yard TD pass to Jacqual Boyd.

Head coach Richie Marsh talks to his winning Bulldogs
Head coach Richie Marsh talks to his winning Bulldogs

The Bulldogs final points were scored on a 45-yard field goal by Rig Tinoco- his second kick of that length in his career. He ended the first half at Vidalia with a similar type boot. The Bulldog defense contributed two points when they blocked a Raider punt in the end zone and the ball was knocked out of play. The Dawg D also had six tackles behind the line of scrimmage.

Bacon County scored two touchdowns in the final eight minutes of the game including one, on a screen pass, against the Bulldog reserves.

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Dalton McBride throws a TD pass to Jacqual Boyd

First touchdown- After traveling 78 yards on 10 plays down to the Bacon one. The Bulldogs were stopped on a fourth down play at the Raider four yard line. The Raiders went three and out and punted 28 yards giving the Bulldogs a real short field on their second possession. The Dawgs started their first touchdown drive at the Bacon 35. Sistrunk ran for eight yards and then quarterback McBride threw a 27-yard touchdown pass to a wide open Boyd who caught the ball at the 10 and ran it in. Tinoco kicked the PAT to tie the game at 7 with 4:28 to play in the first quarter.

This was the Bulldogs second first quarter touchdown of the season and tenth in their 35 games. They also scored a first quarter TD in the Bryan County game the week before.

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Keshawn Morgan reaches out and scores the second TCHS touchdown

Second touchdown- After yielding one first down and getting a TFL, the Bulldogs forced a punt and took over at their 40 yard line. This five play drive started in the first quarter and ended in the second with 10:27 left on the clock. Morgan ran for 29 yards and a first down and then four more. McBride connected with Boyd on a 19-yard pass and then Morgan finished the drive with a five-yard run. Tinoco missed the extra point as the Bulldogs took the lead for good  at 13-7.

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Keshawn Morgan puts the Dawgs up 21-7 with a five-yard TD run

Third touchdown- Lane Adams punted the ball 43 yards to the Bacon 13 to give the Raiders the long field. TCHS forced the Raiders to punt after three plays and a Bacon penalty. Toombs took control of the ball at the Raider 47. This six play drive featured five runs by Morgan and one by Sistrunk. The Dawgs picked up three first downs and scored on another five yard run by Morgan. TCHS went for two points, leading 21-7, and a McBride pass was intercepted with 1:44 to play in the half.

Fourth touchdown- The Bulldogs recovered a Bacon fumble at their 48 and on their second possession of the second half they went 52 yards in seven plays. First they had to overcome a five-yard penalty prior to the first play. The Dawgs converted on a fourth and one play with an eight-yard run by Morgan. The Raiders were loading up the box, so TCHS countered with some runs to the outside by McBride. The junior QB ran five times for runs of 3, 9, 20 and 9 before crossing the goal line on a six-yard run with 30 seconds remaining in the third quarter. Tinoco’s extra point made it 28-7.

Fifth touchdown- After the Raiders scored a touchdown on a 27-yard pass to cut the Toombs lead to 28-14 with 7:56 to play in the game, the Raiders tried an on-side kick which was recovered by the Bulldogs at the 50. It only took TCHS five plays to score. Morgan ran for 13 and a first down and then Sistrunk took over. He ran three times for nine yards before breaking free on a 25-yard touchdown run with 5:52 to play in the fourth quarter to put the Dawgs up 35-14.

Field Goal- Luke Anderson, who almost intercepted a pass at the Raider 15, picked off a screen pass the Bulldog 35 yard line. Sistrunk ran for 43 yards and then five more on three carries as the Dawgs were working on the clock. On fourth down Tinoco came out and kicked his 45 yard field goal with 1:47 to play in the game.

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The Superintendent, Richard Smith, talks to the Bulldogs