Ask a Toombs County Bulldog about a big game and instead he wants to talk about the next practice. New coach Richie Marsh has stressed from the beginning that a Bulldogs’ attention is always on the next day and not just the next game. So, even though the Dawgs have a huge game on Friday at 7:30 p.m. in Booster Stadium against rival Vidalia, they are focusing in on practice and then the game and not all the hoopla that surrounds it.
“I really just observe, I don’t participate in any of the spirit days and stuff,” senior offensive guard Jason Lowe said after Monday practice. “It’s not because I don’t want to. My job is to play football.” Offensive tackle Cody Fuller agrees. “The football players play football and the other people are the ones that dress up and stuff. Football players need to worry about football.”
While focusing on the football the Bulldogs have been concentrating on their execution of their plays and defensive scheme. “Execution is the key to playing everybody, but Vidalia especially,” junior quarterback Dalton McBride said. “This is an important game for us. This time it is going to be a really good game. Last year (Vidalia won 31-20) was a really close game. This Friday night is going to be a really good game with the rivalry and everything. We are just going to execute and keep on grinding.”
One of the more interesting match ups in the game will be on the line of scrimmage- the Bulldog offensive line of center Cameron Panick, guards Willie Campbell and Lowe and tackles Jonathan Quintero and Fuller versus the Vidalia defensive line. “The key is don’t ever lose yardage,” Fuller said. “Just keep the ball moving. As long as you get at least four yards a carry you should be good.”
The 2016 Bulldogs will be trying to stop Vidalia’s seven game winning streak in the series. “My ninth grade year I was a little nervous because I knew it was a big game and I was a freshman starting a big game,” junior tight end and defensive end Ervin Mincey said. “My tenth grade year I wasn’t as nervous and I went out there and played.” Mincey changed the momentum in the 2015 game played at Buck Cravey Field. With the Indians leading 21-0 after a first quarter in which they put together scoring drives of 76, 32 and 46, Mincey blocked a punt and the Bulldogs reeled off 10 straight points including a 44-yard field goal by Rig Tinoco that cut the Indian lead to 21-10 at half.
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.