No coach knows these seniors better than defensive back coach Hunter Adams. He has been coaching this group since their middle school days when he assisted head Bullpup coach Eric Burns. “This group of seniors has always been a talented group.” Adams said after a tough Tuesday practice. “They have done an excellent job. They were pushed into the fire as tenth graders and they have grown. They have bought in. They are very coachable kids from a young age until now. Coach (Richie) Marsh has come in here and he has instilled a hard nosed mentality into them. They are a good group of kids and you don’t have to worry about them on school days. They are going to take care of business. They are polite kids. This season right here and last season. Kudos to them because they have worked hard. This year, hopefully, they will advance several rounds in the playoffs to the state championship- it’s what they deserve for the effort they have put in.”
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4- Noah Anderson
Noah Anderson replaced his older brother Luke as the holder on PAT’s and field goals. He also played linebacker. Unfortunately, Noah’s football career ended early due to an injury. However, Anderson didn’t leave the team instead he is at practice everyday helping the Dawgs in a variety of ways.
5- Demetrius Owens
Demetrius Owens has been an exciting player this season on both offense and defense. As a linebacker he is a fine one-on-one tackler and on offense he scored three touchdowns on four carries against Metter. Owens also plays on special teams.
2017 Statistics- 17 carries for 143-yards (8.4) Long 39 3 TD’s
6- Keshawn Morgan
Keshawn Morgan started his Bulldog career as a reliable third down back and he became a back who is good on any down. Keshawn ran for 1,697 yards and scored 21 touchdowns as junior and in his last game he toted the ball 35 times for 204 yards at Vidalia scoring three touchdowns in a 26-7 win.
2017 Statistics- 169 carries for 1,166 yards (6.9) Long 50 13 TD’s
11- Jonathan Benjamin
Jonathan Benjamin has been a starting cornerback in his senior season and he leads the team in interceptions with three. Jonathan picked off his first pass at the end of the Bacon County home game. He also intercepted two passes on the road at Jeff Davis and Vidalia.
Jesus Perez is a first year senior Bulldog football player. He plays on the scout team on defense and special teams. Jesus says it has been a challenge to play a sport he had never played before especially against more experienced players on a playoff bound team.
18- Dalton McBride
Dalton McBride started his first varsity game at quarterback in 2014 in a home game against Brantley County in his freshman season. He scored two touchdowns on a pair of short runs, had a 73-yard run from scrimmage and he hit senior Carlos Eason with a pass inside the Heron five-yard line. Dalton shared the QB position with Jordan Usher in 2015 and for the past two seasons has been the starter. McBride has always been an threat on the run and this season he is completing passes at the highest percentage rate in his career. Dalton also plays safety on defense.
2017 Statistics- Rushing 77 carries for 329 yards (4.3) Long 34 Passing 6 TD’s 30-for-61 (49.2%) for 396 yards Long 59 yards 5 interceptions and 3 TD’s
24- Rig Tinoco
Rig Tinoco began showing his strong leg in middle school with an occasional kickoff which would sail into the end zone. In high school Rig has booted many a kickoff deep into the end zone and he has become a must see when it comes to kicking field goals. Some his longest shots have been on the road at Screven County and two at Vidalia- all more than 44-yards. Coach Richie Marsh has called Rig a hard worker in practice.
2017 Statistics- PAT 25-for-26 (96.1%) FG 9-for-15 (60%) Made 26, 27, 28, 28, 32, 40, 42, 44 and 50. Missed 35, 37, 39, 42 (blocked), 43 and 47
25- Vonnard Smith
Vonnard Smith is a four-year Bulldog who is constantly referred to as “Smiley” during practice. He works on scout team and helps the Dawgs to get ready for Friday nights. He says his job is to be a good person and grind out there to help make the offense better.
28- Jeidon Sistrunk
Jeidon Sistrunk is mild mannered off the field, but put that 28 Bulldog jersey on him and he becomes a terror running the ball. Just ask Benedictine after he ran through the state champs in 2016. Sistrunk ran for nearly 1,000 yards in 2016. His senior season was interrupted by an injury in the Jeff Davis game in which he had one of his best runs- a 39-yard TD. He didn’t get to play against Bryan County, Benedictine, Metter or Vidalia (except for the final two plays in the victory formation). However, Jeidon is back and ready for Senior Night and the playoffs.
2017 Statistics- 42 carries for 215 yards (5.1) Long 39 4 TD’s
32- Jaquail Boyd
Jaquail Boyd has always been an effective two-way player. On defense he lines up side-by-side with fellow senior Ervin Mincey and the two love to pester the quarterback. Boyd is also a reliable receiver who has a knack for getting open and catching a Dalton McBride pass. He currently leads the Dawgs in receptions with 10.
2017 Statistics- Jaquail Boyd 10 catches for 182 yards Long 33 1 TD
42- D.J. Matthews
D.J. Matthews has always done three things for the Toombs County Bulldogs- he is a blocker, a tackler and a receiver. Matthews alternates at the blocking back position and he is a go-to guy when the Bulldogs need a first down- just throw that little short pass in the flats and D.J. will pick up the first down or he will score like he did against Metter and Vidalia in 2016. On defense Matthews plays linebacker and he is a solid tackler.
2017 Statistics- 7 catches for 38 yards Long 9 1 TD
44- Will Fuller
Last season Will Fuller was the Bulldogs’ second leading tackler. This year he has stepped up and led the Dawgs in tackles. Will plays with a lot of emotion and energy. He knows how to get to the ball and bring down whoever is carrying it. Fuller is also a blocking back on offense. In the Metter game he intercepted a pass which was deflected by Jaquail Boyd and then he raced down the Bulldog sideline ans scored his first varsity touchdown.
51- Willie Campbell
Willie Campbell is the perfect pulling guard. He has opened up many holes for Keshawn Morgan, Jeidon Sistrunk and Demetrius Owens. Willie moves exceptionally well for a lineman. Campell also plays on the defensive line especially when the Bulldogs take on a team which runs the Wing-T offense.
52- Dakota Braddock
Dakota Braddock has stepped up his game big time in his senior season. On the offensive line he has been blciking well and on the defensive line he has become a play maker. In practice Dakota makes an effort to always lead his group when the Dawgs are running length-of-the-field sprints.
54- Kyle Reynolds
Kyle Reynolds has always been a multi-dimensional player. In his Bullpup and Bulldog career he has played on both the offensive and defensive line. He has also played quarterback for the middle school and junior varsity teams. This season Kyle has been the Bulldogs punter this season. Kyle can block, tackle, punt, throw, catch and run the ball. How many players are that versatile?
65- Jonathan Quintero
Jonathan Quintero is long time member of the Bulldog offensive line which has helped the that unit post two seasons of stellar rushing numbers. Quintero plays left tackle and he works in tandem with guard Willie Campbell. In the past Jonathan also played on the defensive line. If you can’t see his number 65 jersey you can always tell it is Jonathan who is blocking with his long, flowing hair coming out of his helmet.
66- Cody Fuller
Cody Fuller is the right tackle for the Toombs County Bulldogs and he is a big, physical player who blocks to the whistle and blocks downfield. Cody has also played center and has long snapped on special teams. Fuller has also logged some time on the defensive line in his varsity career. Cody and brother Will have been playing together since their Toombs Central days.
87- Ervin Mincey
Ervin Mincey is a tough Bulldog to block from the defensive line. He opened the season sealing a TCHS two-point victory with a sack late in the fourth quarter against East Laurens. In the next game he scooped up a fumble and scored a touchdown against Twiggs County. Ervin has blocked a punt in the Pit and terrorized many quarterbacks who dare to throw the ball. Mincey also plays on the offensive line as a tight end and he is a fine blocker who has the ability to pancake a defensive player.