Makeup week for the Bulldogs and the Redskins

While the other six teams in Region 2 are taking a week off, the Toombs County Bulldogs and the Bryan County Redskins will be making up their postponed game from September 15. That was the week of Hurricane Irma and both schools were out of session until Thursday. So, now the two teams will play on October 6 in Pembroke. The Bulldog Pregame Show on Y-101 Radio and streamed on Mixlr begins at 7 p.m. and the kick off is at 7:30.

At 5-0 the Bulldogs are one of two Region 2 teams that have not lost a game and one of nine Class AA schools which are still undefeated. The 0-4 Redskins are one of seven AA teams which have not tasted a victory in 2017.

Region 2-AA
 REG.  ALL
Benedictine
3-0
6-0
Toombs County
2-0
5-0
Swainsboro
2-1
5-1
Vidalia
2-1
2-3
Bacon County
1-2
4-2
Jeff Davis
1-2
3-2
Bryan County
0-2
0-4
Metter
0-3
2-4

This year Region 2 will match up with Region 1 in the first round of the playoffs and while Region 2 is two or three games into it’s seven game league schedule, Region 1 is just getting started. The first league game was won by Berrien County on September 22. The Rebels beat Early County 34-14 on the road.

Region 1-AA
 REG. ALL 
Berrien
1-0
4-2
Brooks County
0-0
5-0
Thomasville
0-0
5-0
Fitzgerald
0-0
1-4
Early County
0-1
2-4

This week in Region 1 Berrien County plays host to Thomasville and Brooks County travels to Early County.

Bulldogs show up in one Top 10 poll

The Dawgs’ 5-0 start has earned them a position in the Georgia Public Broadcasting Top 10 poll. TCHS is ranked 9th and in the GHSFD composite poll they are tied for 12th with Swainsboro.

Composite AA Top 10 from the Georgia High School Football Daily

Class AA
AJC
GS
GPB
SA
Max
MP
TOT
1. Benedictine (6-0)
1
1
1
1
1
2
59
2. Hapeville Charter (4-1)
2
4
3
2
2
1
52
3. Rabun County (5-0)
4
5
5
4
3
4
41
4. Screven County (5-0)
3
3
2
3
7
37
5. Callaway (5-0)
5
2
4
6
5
8
36
6. Brooks County (5-0)
7
7
6
8
4
3
31
7. Thomasville (5-0)
6
6
8
5
6
5
30
8. Jefferson County (6-0)
8
8
7
7
10
15
9. Dodge County (5-0)
9
10
10
9
8
6
14
10. Heard County (5-1)
10
9
10
9
6
11. Fitzgerald (1-4)
7
10
5
12T. Swainsboro (5-1)
9
2
12T. Toombs County (5-0)
9
2

Coaching carousel in the off season at Bryan County

Mario Mincey is the first year head coach of the Bryan County Redskin football team. How it got there involves an interesting set of twists. After a 3-6 2016 season then Redskin head coach Allen Cartwright left to become an assistant at Tattnall County. Mark Wilson was named the new coach, but then he changed his mind. Tony Glazer was given the job next and then he did a Bobby Cremmins. So, the school turned to a familiar face and hired Mincey, who was an assistant coach on the starr.

The last time Mincey coached against Toombs County was on January 20, 2017. That game was played in the old Toombs County High School Gym because Mincey is also the head coach of the Bryan County girls basketball team. His Lady Redskins went 24-5 last season. They defeated the Lady Bulldogs in the old gym 53-21 and they also beat Vidalia 52-49 in the Toombs County Middle School Gym to win the Region 2 Tournament.

Bryan County beat Westside and South Atlanta in the GHSA AA State Tournament before losing to Model 62-45.

Redskins feature two fine two-way players

The closest game the Redskins have played in was a 34-15 home loss to now 4-1 Groves which is coached by former Toombs County assistant Greg Busby.

Terron Derron Returns a kickoff down the near sideline

Terron Dixon (number 2) set up one BC touchdown with a long run. Dixon is a 5-9 165 junior who also plays safety on defense. He runs the 40 in 4.55 and is a good tackler and pass defender based on his video highlights.

Traivaiun Sanders chases TCHS QB Dalton McBride
Traivaun Sanders sacks Benedictine quarterback Nick Iannone at the 50-yard line at Savannah State

Traivaun Sanders (#13) is a 6-3 188 pound senior defensive end and wide receiver. His mid season video features him making a lot of tackles behind the line of scrimmage.

“Traivaun Sanders gave us some issues last year at tight end in the Wing-T and you saw what Terron Dixon did against Swainsboro right at the beginning of the game.” head coach Richie Marsh said. “Dixon is a player, he can run. He is a guy that if we roll over there with the wrong mindset he could make it a long night.”

Under coach Mincey the Redskins have changed their offensive look. “They are an I-Formation team and they run a lot of isolation, power, toss sweep and speed option with a short passing game like teams in the 80’s. Defensively they run a 4-4. They like to be physical at the line of scrimmage. They try to come right at you. So, you have to make sure you are ready to stick it right up in there,” Marsh added.

On Wednesday at the end of practice coach Marsh challenged his 5-0 team to finish strong. “We have a long ways to go. We are struggling in some execution things that we shouldn’t have problems with at this time of the year. If we want to continue to be the team that gets things done and is hopefully on the winning end of the scoreboard we have got to get some of that stuff cleaned up.”

Toombs County versus Bryan County 

Toombs County Bulldogs open Region 2 play with a well executed 41-7 win over Bryan County

                  

 

2013 Game

Dawgs lose a 3OT thriller

On a hot Friday in the Pit the 2013 Bulldogs, in their first Region 2 game, overcame a 13-0 first half deficit. However, they lost in triple overtime to Bryan County 34-27. Jamar Smith scored two touchdowns in regulation to tie the game at 13 and then two more in overtime. The Redskins scored a TD in the third OT and then their defense layed a hit on Smith, as he was running hard for a first down, jarring the ball loose and ending a long night for both teams. Smith tallied his second straight 200-plus rushing game. The junior had 208 yards on 34 carries. He had a long run of 23 yards and averaged 6.1 yards per carry. Smith has run for 439 on 52 rushes for the season and is averaging 8.4 yards per run.

Y-101 Highlights

Y-101 Locker Room Show

 

The Redskins put together a 70-yard scoring drive in the first quarter which featured three fourth down conversions. Two on offensive plays and one on a fake punt. Quarterback Jeremy McClendon threw a short pass and receiver Raekwon Love turned it into a 30-yard touchdown with a run down the Redskins’ sideline. Bryan County went for two-points and failed giving the Redskins a 6-0 lead with 4:25 to play in the period. The Bulldogs had one first down in the first quarter and they turned the ball over on an interception on their first possession.

Toombs turned the ball over on a fumble in the second quarter. The Dawgs turned the ball over four times losing three fumbles and throwing a pick. The Redskins recovered the ball at the Dawg 37 and scored after a timeout from the 12-yard line. Damion Dixon was inserted into the Wildcat Formation and he took the snap and scored to put Bryan County up 13-0 with 1:39 to play in the first half.

Sophomore Jordan Usher took over at quarterback for TCHS and made a first down run that set up Smith for a 15-yard touchdown run with 1:04 to play in the half. The Bulldogs PAT failed so it was 13-6 Bryan County at the half.

The Bulldogs tied the game at 13-all with 4:53 to play in the third quarter. Usher made a fine play fake that fooled the Redskin defense and he took off on a first down run. Smith finished the drive with a six-yard run that was similar to many he had in middle school. He broke tackles all the way to the end zone. Oswaldo Guzman tied the game with the extra point.

Neither team scored in the fourth quarter, although the Dawgs had several chances. Toombs recovered a fumble at the Bryan 35 with 6:01 to play. The Bulldogs drove down to the 17 setting up a 34-yard field goal attempt for Guzman. He booted one of the same distance against Montgomery County into the north end zone. However, he missed his kick to the south end zone by a small margin.

The game went to overtime and each team got the ball at the 15-yard line. The Redskins scored on a three-yard quarterback run by McClendon out of the T-formation and they kicked the PAT to take a 20-13 lead. The Bulldogs countered by converting a fourth down on a Javon Edwards run and then Smith scored on a two-yard carry. Guzman drilled the PAT to make it 20-all.

Both teams scored a touchdown and kicked an extra point in the second overtime. Smith scored his fourth TD of the night and seventh of the season on a two-yard run and McClendon threw to Dixon in the end zone for a 14-yard completion.

The game was decided in the third overtime. Nick Scott scored on a fourth down run of five yards and Terry Hardy took care of the PAT and the Bulldogs were stopped on fourth down and four at the nine to give the Redskins their first ever victory over Toombs County in their sixth try. The Dawgs final possession began with a five-yard penalty.

 

2012 Game

Bulldogs smother Bryan County 19-0

The Toombs County Bulldog defense set the tone early in their Region 2 opener at Bryan County that it wasn’t going to be easy to run against their front five. Tomond Hampton, Jamar Smith Brandon Dowd, Eric Hester, Brandon Beckum and Anthony Britt all helped the Dawgs control the line of scrimmage in a 19-0 win.
On the Redskins first possession TCHS forced a third down pass that was intercepted by a blitzing Cody Dowd. The senior linebacker then raced 30 yards for his first Bulldog touchdown. “It was a run read, the guard pulled and I ran down hill and when I realized it was a pass I just got back in my zone and I read the quarterback’s eyes and I jumped on the pass,” Dowd said. Oswaldo Guzman’s PAT put Toombs up 7-0 with 10:23 to play in the first quarter.

Y-101 Highlights

Locker Room Show

 

The Bulldogs next two touchdowns were scored on fourth and two runs by Smith. The sophomore halfback scored on a 31-yard run with 4:31 to play in the first half and a 12-yard bruising carry in which he broke several tackles before crossing the goal line. “I had a good block from my fullback Cameron Conner, my running back Mark Terrell and my tight end Tamond Hampton and I broke outside, broke a tackle and ran down field,” Smith said about his first touchdown. “The second one I just ran 34 like coach told me to and got behind my blockers, kept on pushing and got into the end zone,” Jamar said.