Toombs County takes care of Metter 38-7, up next Vidalia and the battle for 2nd place

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Sandwiched in between home games against number one Benedictine and rival Vidalia was a trip for the Toombs County Bulldgos to Metter for the Tigers’ homecoming. The Bulldogs came out and scored 28 first half points in a 38-7 Region 2 victory. TCHS is 6-2 overall and 4-1 in the region. Vidalia shutout Swainsboro 35-0 at Buck Cravey Field and the Indians have the same record as the Bulldogs. So, on October 28 the two will meet in Booster Stadium to battle for second place in the region behind the Cadets who smacked Bacon County 64-7 in Alma. Y-101 play-by-play part 1   Y-101 play-by-play part 2  Toombs County Football Page

Demetris Owens opened the game by returning the kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown. The Tigers had a shot at bringing him down at the 17, but Owens escaped and ran straight line down the center of the field for his first Bulldog touchdown, just 15 second into the game.

Coach Richie Marash and his winning Bulldogs
Head coach Richie Marsh and his winning Bulldogs

Jeidon Sistrunk ended a 65-yard drive with a three yard touchdown run with 4:52 to play in the first quarter to make it 14-0. Toombs started a third touchdown drive in the first quarter and finished it in the second. Quarterback Dalton McBride threw a short pass to D.J. Matthews. The junior made a move then knocked a Tiger backwards and scored on a 16-yard play. Rig Tinoco kicked his third straight PAT to put the Dawgs up 21-0 with 11:33 to play in the second quarter.

Assistant coach Nick Hayes talks to the Dawgs
Assistant coach Nick Hayes talks to the Dawgs

The Bulldogs ended the half just like they started it. Keshawn Morgan, the state’s fourth leading rusher entering the game, pulled away from the Tiger defense and scored on a 62-yard run with 1:41 to play in the half.

Metter returned the second half kick to the 50-yard line and then drove half the field scoring on a double handoff, on a fourth down play, from the Bulldog five yard line. The touchdown with 5:48 to play in the third quarter cut the TCHS lead to 28-7.

The Bulldogs, who didn’t score in the third quarter, tallied ten points in the fourth. Tinoco kicked a 25-yard field goal with 10:11 left in the fourth and Sistrunk scored on a fourth down run from the Metter three yard line with 4:07 on the clock.

Second touchdown- The Bulldogs traveled 65 yards in nine plays- eight runs and a spectacular catch by tight end Ervin Mincey for a gain of 26 and a TCHS first down. Morgan had runs of 11, four and seven picking up one first down. McBride slipped free and gained six and a first down and Sistrunk carried the ball twice for six yards to open up the drive and three yards to finish it.

Third touchdown- Toombs County’s second first quarter touchdown was scored on a five play drive that covered 64 yards. Morgan ran for eight yards and then McBride sprinted for 39 yards and a Dawg first down. Sistrunk carried the ball for six and McBride threw a pass to Lane Adams for six yards and a first down. The Dawgs were flagged for a penalty which moved the ball back to the Metter 16 and then McBride threw his sixth touchdown pass of the season to Matthews who caught his first.

Fourth touchdown- Morgan ran the ball three times for 71 yards on the six play and 70 yard drive. The Dawgs were penalized once and Sistrunk had a five yard run and McBride ran for a yard and on third down and 11 Keshawn ran 62 yards down the Metter sideline for his 18th TD of his junior season. He has scored half of those on the road in three games including six at Telfiar County and two at Bacon County.

Metter touchdown- The Tigers returned a Tinoco kick 50 yards- from the one to the Bulldog 49. There were a combined six quarterback runs by Larry Gibson and Lane Young. It took Metter 13 plays to score because the Dawgs had two TFL’s. Metter converted on two fourth down plays. On fourth and one from the Bulldog 12 and after a timeout on fourth and goal from the five to score the touchdown. Metter’s double handoff play netted 15 yards on the second play of the drive and five more to end it.

TCHS field goal- This promising fourth quarter possession began with two big first down plays. McBride ran for 25 yards and Sistrunk gained 18. However, on the next three running plays the Bulldogs netted only three yards and Tinoco came in and salvaged the scoring opportunity with a 25-yard field goal.

Fifth touchdown- The Bulldog defense gave the offense great field possession with two TFL’s- a four yard loss and a quarterback sack which cost Metter 14 yards and moved the ball back to the Tiger two. The Tigers punted to midfield and then the Dawgs drove 50 yards on four Sistrunk runs and three other running plays. Jeidon picked up seven and four yards for a first down and then he almost scored a touchdown on a 34-yard run. Sistrunk finished the drive with his fifth TD run of his junior season on fourth down from the three.