The last time the Toombs County Bulldogs opened up a season with three straight wins was in 2007. The last time the Bacon County Raiders started a season with four straight victories was never. Even in a 9-2 season in 1987 the Raiders lost in week two to Appling County before winning eight straight. Toombs County Football Page
The two teams will meet in Booster Stadium on Friday at 7:30 p.m. on Y-101 Radio and streamed on Mixlr.
The 3-0 Bulldogs have beaten East Laurens 10-8, Twiggs County 38-6 and Telfair County 20-19. Due to a postponement of a road game at Bryan County to October 6, because of Hurricane Irma, Toombs County has only played one game in the last three weeks and they will close out the regular season playing seven straight Region 2 games- four at home and three on the road.
The Raiders opened up with three straight home wins- 35-13 over Pierce, 33-21 against Telfair County and 22-12 past Berrien County. Last week Bacon opened region play with a 35-21 victory at Jeff Davis.
In other week one Region 2 Benedictine held off Swainsboro 30-18 and Vidalia took care of Metter 34-13 meaning road teams are off to a 3-0 start in league play.
Last year, in Alma, the Bulldogs scored four rushing touchdowns and amassed 345 yards on 39 carries averaging 8.8 yards a touch 38-21 win. Keshawn Morgan ran the ball 20 times for 148 yards averaging 7.4 yards per carry and he scored on two TD runs of five yards. Jeidon Sistrunk totaled 133 yards on 12 carries averaging 11.3 yards and scored a touchdown. Quarterback Dalton McBride carried the ball seven times for 64 yards and scored a touchdown plus he threw a 27-yard TD pass to Jaquail Boyd.
So, far this season Morgan has tallied 54 carries for 342 yards (6.3 per carry) and three touchdowns. The Raiders’ lead back is Anthony Madison. the 6-1 220 pound senior has carried the ball 116 times for 722 yards. He is averaging 6.2 yards per carry and has scored 10 TD’s. Last season Madison ran for 510 yards and scored seven TD’s and he accumulated those numbers in the last four games. His only stats against the Bulldogs were tackles- two individual stops with one assist.
Anthony Madison 2017 Rushing
“They are going to hand him the ball about 30 times,” TCHS coach Richie Marsh said. “He is doing a really good job with the football and he is making a lot of big plays and scoring touchdowns. So, obviously he is a huge threat to the outcome of the game. We have got to do something to stop him.”
Bacon head coach Kyle Langford may be following a familiar job performance pattern in Alma to what he did at his first stop. Langford began his head coaching career in 2007 at Towns County in North Georgia. His team went 0-10 that first year before improving to 7-3 in his second season. The seven victories are a Towns County record. No other team has ever won even five games.
Entering the fifth Bacon County game of 2017, the Raiders already have four wins coming of a 2-7 season in Langford’s first year on the job. “I think they have the same talent they had last year,” Marsh said. “They are just playing a lot better. They are playing with a lot more confidence and enthusiasm. The coaching staff has done a phenomenal job of getting them to where they are right now. They are playing really hard.”
Bulldogs vs. Raiders
Bacon County shuts out the Bulldogs
Coming off their triple over time loss to Bryan County, the Toombs County Bulldogs were shutout 18-0 on the road at Bacon County. The 1-2 Dawgs were shut out in the first quarter for the third straight game and they did not have a first down in either one of the odd periods. The Dawgs totaled six first downs and 143 yards of total offense. However, they remained in the game until the Raiders pushed their lead to three scores with 3:56 to play in the fourth quarter. The Bulldog defense allowed 18 first downs and 267 yards of total offense- 249 on the ground.
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The Raiders scored their first touchdown on an 82-yard punt return by Tron Folsom. He broke away running down the Raider sideline and scored with 7:35 remaining in the first quarter. The PAT was no good. Another 41-yard punt return by D’Vonta O’Neal set up Bacon for a second touchdown. Quarterback Drell Greene, who ran for 92 yards on 12 carries, raced away for a 25-yard score to make it 12-0. Bacon, which picked up a penalty going for two-points, wound up kicking and missing for one.
Nobody scored in the second quarter although the Bulldogs showed some offensive life picking up several first downs. Chris Mobley opened up the second half with a 35-yard kickoff return that advanced the ball into Raider territory. But, the Bulldogs couldn’t put together a drive against a physical Bacon County defense. Meanwhile, the Dawg “D” kept the Raiders from scoring a third touchdown until late in the fourth quarter when Folsom scored his second touchdown on a 14-yard run to the right pylon.
Jamar Smith, who ran for over 200 yards in his first two games and scored seven touchdowns, was held to 87 yards on 20 carries. His longest run was for 18 yards. Javon Edwards had one run that netted 33 yards. The Bulldogs ran for 132 yards and averaged 4.1 yards per carry.
On defense sophomore linebacker Landon Cowart led the way with one tackle and 14 assists. Senior defensive lineman Eric Hester had four tackles and six assists. Mobley, a senior defensive back, had four tackles and two assists and he recorded the Bulldogs first interception of the season.
Late Bacon TD edges the Dawgs 7-6
The only touchdown the Toombs County have allowed in 12 quarters of football led to their first loss of the 2012 season. Dajuan Merritt crossed the goal line on a two-yard run with 33 seconds left in the game and then T.J. Wiley kicked the extra point to give the Raiders a 7-6 win in their second trip into the Pit.
The Bulldog defense, “The Crew”, shut out Montgomery County and Bryan County for four full quarters each and that same “D” kept Bacon out of the endzone for 47 minutes and 27 seconds. In total the Dawgs held their first three opponents scoreless for 143 minutes and 27 seconds. Four fourth down stops- two in each half- kept the Raiders from sustaining a scoring dive until the end of the game.
Toombs County took a 6-0 lead with 4:14 remaining in the second quarter on a one-yard run by quarterback Ben Brantley. The Bulldogs drove 89-yards for their touchdown and big chunk of that yardage (39-yards) came on a long run by Demetrius Taylor. The Bulldog PAT drifted off to the left in the north end zone.
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