For the first time since 1995 the Toombs County Bulldogs have opened up a season with four straight wins. The Dawgs scored two rushing touchdowns and kicked two field goals in a 20-14 home win over Bacon County- a team which came into the Pit with a 4-0 record. Homecoming Ceremony
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The ’95 TCHS team did not lose a game during the regular season and took a 12-0 record to Lincoln County where the season came to an end with a 14-7 loss. Toombs County Football Page
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The Bulldog defense and special teams also made hefty contributions to the Dawgs first Region 2 victory. From the start the Red Bullets were flying to the ball and building a wall at the line of scrimmage. Anthony Madison, who entered the game with 722 yards, was smothered by the hard hitting Bulldogs. Bacon County did not pick up a first down for the first 16 1/2 minutes of the game. Madison ran for 51-yards on 14 carries and had a long run of 21.
On special teams Rig Tinoco kicked a 42 and a 40-yard field goal and he booted both of his PAT’s through the uprights. Tinoco inadvertently kick an onside kick to start of the second half which was recovered by the Bulldogs. In the opening half Ervin Mincey blocked a punt and when the Bulldogs had their punt blocked, Jeidon Sistrunk recovered the loose ball.
The Bulldog offense opened up the game picking up 8 yards on their first possession, but then on their second they drove 81 yards for a touchdown. Keshawn Morgan, who broke off several long runs on the drive, scored on an 8-yard run. Morgan was hit near the goal line, but he kept his shoulder pads low and rammed the ball into the end zone. With 3:55 to play in the first quarter TCHS had a 7-0 lead.
D.J. Matthews recovered a Madison fumble at the Raider 25 to set up the second Toombs County touchdown. Sistrunk finished the drive with a 4-yard touchdown run to give TCHS a 14-0 lead with nine minutes remaining in the first half.
The final three Toombs County points were set up when broke through the line of scrimmage an blocked a punt. The senior raced toward the punter and knocked the ball down to the ground with one hand. Tinoco successfully smashed a 42-yard field goal through the north end zone uprights and with four minutes to play in the half Toombs had a 17-0 lead.
The Raiders, who wound up with four first half first downs, scored their first touchdown with just four seconds remaining in the first half on a 6-yard TD catch by Lagondric Snell. Toombs had a 17-7 lead at the break.
The Bulldogs scored the first second half points with 7:46 to play in the game on a 40-yard field goal by Tinoco which upped the TCHS lead to 20-7.
Bacon scored on a 22-yard pass and with a PAT it was a one-possession game with Toombs on top 20-14. The Dawgs picked up two first downs on their next possession. However, they couldn’t kill the clock. So, the Raiders had a chance to tie or win the game. That is when the Bulldog defense stepped up yet again. Mincey pressured the quarterback setting up Reynolds for a big sack. Then Jonathan Benjamin sealed the Dawg win with his first TCHS interception.