There have been alot of important Toombs County versus Vidalia and Lyons Senior High against Vidalia football games over the years. However, the 2016 version of this rivalry may be one of the most interesting match ups between the two schools in many seasons.
On the line is second place in Region 2 and a home game in the first round of the playoffs. The loser will have to travel in the first round of the postseason. Both teams enter the 7:30 game in the Pit (broadcast on Y-101 Radio and streamed on Mixlr) with 6-2 overall records and both are 4-1 in region action.
Tickets to the Vidalia at Toombs County football game will go on sale Wednesday at 10 a.m. at:
Ideal Pharmacy in Lyons
Toombs County Board of Education
Toombs County High School Office
Vidalia High School Office
They will be on sale through Friday
Tickets at $7.00
Gates at Booster Stadium will open on Friday at 5 p.m.
There will be three presale gates open at the Stadium for those who have already purchased tickets.
Many other meetings in the 21st century have taken place early in the season. So, the playoff stakes weren’t so much on the line. But, that wasn’t the case in 1983.
Lyons, Vidalia and Claxton were all battling for the two playoff positions available from Region-2-North AA. Claxton was 3-0, Lyons 2-0 and Vidalia 2-1. Vidalia beat Lyons 21-14 in Vidalia and then the Bulldogs lost to Claxton 26-14 knocking Lyons out. Claxton finished with a 4-0 region record and went to the playoffs and knocked off Pierce County 23-7 in the region semifinals before losing to Vidalia 10-8 in the region finals. The Indians, who also edged Irwin County 15-4 in overtime in the semifinals, lost to Lincoln County 20-7 in the state quarterfinals.
Tim Toole played in that 1983 Lyons/Vidalia game and he sees similarities between that game and this year’s version. “As a player you don’t look at it in those terms, but it was very similar,” Toole added. “We were very close personally and physically. The year before we had lost to them at home in a very close game. We played that game (1983) very tight all the way. They won it more or less on a Marty McLain punt return, a long touchdown run on our sideline.”
Toole remembers the game as a typical match up between the two rivals. “It was a good tough fought game. I’m good friends with alot of people that I played against there.” However, on the field those friendships are put on hold for 48 minutes of game time. “I just wanted to hit some of them Vidalia boys,” Toole said. That’s how I played football as hard as I could, first play to the last and give all you had. I think I did that. I think all of our players did that. We all left it on the field and I think that is what we are going to see this year.”
In 1973 Lyons and Vidalia entered the big rivalry game in Booster Stadium dueling for the top two positions in Region 4 A. Lyons was 4-2 overall and 2-0 in the region. Vidalia was 5-1 and 2-0. Lyons won 22-12 and went on to finish first in the region with a 6-0 record. Vidalia wound up 4-2. Lyons made the playoffs and lost 14-13 at home to Irwin County to finish 8-3. Adolph “Sluggo” Campbell, number 77, was an All State lineman on the 1973 and he went on to play at Texas Southern.
Toombs County/Vidalia through the years all games
2015- TCHS Bulldogs overcome sluggish 1st quarter with inspired play the rest of the way
Y-101 Story on the first and the last Toombs County teams to beat Vidalia (1990 and 2008)
Y-101 story on the 2001 Vidalia at Toombs County. The Dawgs hold on to a 16-7 win a legendary goal line stand.