For the past two seasons Toombs County Bulldog football fans have shown up for homecoming games, but many were gone by the time the second half kick. In their last two homecoming games the Bulldogs were outscored 83-20 by Appling County (42-0) and Pierce County (41-20).
On Friday night at 7:30 p.m. the 4-1 Bulldogs, who are 2-0 in Region 2, will play host to 1-3 Jeff Davis County on Homecoming 2016. The two schools, separated by 31 miles, are back in the same region and will be playing for the 20th time. Toombs leads the series by the slimmest of margins- 10 to nine. Jeff Davis won the first seven meetings and Toombs has ruled the last six times the teams have played.
Jeff Davis, which opened the season with non-region losses at Atkinson County 41-14 and at home to Brantley County 35-27, are 1-1 in Region 2. Jeff Davis lost at Bacon County 14-7 and then they rebounded with a 17-13 home win over Metter.
In the Metter victory wildcat quarterback Alex Sanders (number 21- 5-6 156 pound junior) was responsible for both touchdowns. He scored the first by jumping over the line of scrimmage and in to the end zone and then later in the second half he threw a 58-yard pass to Jaylene Kirby (number 34- 5-11 195 junior).
Britt Metts (number 8- 5-10 155 freshman) is the starting quarterback in the Yellow Jackets’ spread offense. He completed two passes to Sanders for 30 and 11 yards and helped JD pass for 148 yards to go with 71 yards of rushing offense. The Yellow Jackets were 3-for-13 on third down conversions.
“They are very good offensively,” head coach Richie Marsh said. “They do a lot of different things and you can see that game after game they are getting a little better, a little better, a little better. They have a freshman quarterback and he sits in the pocket and really understands what they are trying to do. Seems like he is gaining confidence with every throw. They have several good back (Sanders and the Kirby’s- Jashaun and Jaylene numbers 33 and 34). The offensive line is getting better each week.”
In their first two games the Jackets allowed 76 points and their last two they have yielded 27. “On defense they started of slow at the beginning of the year, but against Metter they played their best game. They were flying around the football. They looked like a totally different team. We got our work cut out for us for sure,” Marsh added.
Who will be the 2016 Toombs County Homecoming Queen?