Faced with the reality that they couldn’t sustain a drive with their running game like they normally do, the Toombs County Bulldogs turned the game over to senior quarterback Dalton McBride and his receiver core which featured a freshman Chander Lynn, junior Ashlee Ashley and senior Jaquail Boyd. In the fourth quarter, down 21-0, the Bulldogs scored two touchdowns to cut Cadet lead to 21-14. However on a third down play Travis Blackshear scored on a 30-yard run to end the Bulldogs comeback as Benedictine won it’s 22nd game in a row, 28-14, before a packed home side at Booster Stadium in Lyons.
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McBride hit Ashley with a 47-yard pass which he ran down to the 2-yard line and then Dalton ended the three play drive with another up and over touchdown from a yard out to make it 21-7 Cadets with 4:01 left in the game.
Rig Tinoco was successful with an onside kick to the left which was recovered by NyKwan Coleman at the BC 38. McBride threw a perfect pass to Boyd in the right corner of the north end zone, good for 25-yards, to cut the lead to 21-14 after a second Tinoco PAT. There was still 3:12 left on the fourth quarter clock.
The Cadets handled a second onside kick and then on a third and five play Blackshear turned a busted play into a touchdown. He almost went down behind the line of scrimmage and the Bulldogs almost tackled him for a loss. However, Blackshear maintained his balance by putting his left hand down on the ground. Next he broke a tackle behind the line of scrimmage and then he reversed field and ran down the Bulldog sideline for the game-clinching TD.
Blackheer scored the first TD of the game, with 9:47 to play in the second quarter, on a run of more than 40-yards. With 4:27 to play in the half Jonah Griffin scooped up a Bulldog fumble and ran it 40-yards for a touchdown to give the Cadets a 14-0 lead. Blackshear scored a third quarter TD which made it 21-0 Benedictine with 7:59 left on the clock.
TD 9:47 Benedictine- Travis Blasckshear 44-yard run (PAT Good) 7-0
TD 4:27 Benedictine- Jonah Griffin fumble recovery and 40-yard run (PAT Good)
TD 7:59 Benedictine- Blackshear 44-yard run (PAT Good)
TD 4:01 Toombs County- Dalton McBride 1-yard run (Tinoco PAT Good)
TD 3:42 Toombs County- McBride 25-yard pass to Jaquail Boyd (Tinoco PAT Good)
TD :58 Benedictine- Blackshear 30-yard run (PAT Good)
Keshawn Morgan 12 carries for 28-yards (2.3) Long 7-yards
Dalton McBride 13 carries for 33-yards (2.5) 1 TD Long 23-yards
Demetrious Owens 4 carries for 8 yards (2.0) Long 4-yards
Kyle Reynolds 1 carry for 4-yards
Dalton McBride 14-of-29 for 192-yards (48%) Long 47-yards 1 TD and 2 Interceptions
Ashlee Ashley 5 catches for 106-yards Long 47-yards
Jaquail Boyd 2 catches for 43-yards Long 25-yards 1 TD
Chandler Lynn 3 catches for 28 yards Long 14-yards
D.J. Matthews 2 catches for 7 yards Long 7-yards
Adam Edwards 1 catch for 4-yards
Kyle Reynolds 4 for 128 yards (32.0) Long 36-yards
Rig Tinoco 2 for 2
Tinoco 42-yard blocked
First Touchdown- 4 plays, 60-yards- TCHS’s Dakota Braddock recovered a Cadet fumble at the TCHS 40. McBride ran for 4 and 7-yards picking up a first down and then Dalton threw a pass to Ashley with turned into a 47-yard completion down to the 2-yard line. BC was called for offsides which moved the ball to near the 1 and McBride went up and over for the touchdown.
Second Touchdown- 2 plays, 38-yards- Tinoco tried an onside kick which was recovered by Nykwan Coleman at the Cadet 38. McBride threw two passes. He connected with Ashley for a 13-yard gain and he tossed one to the right corner, of the north end zone, which was caught by Boyd for the touchdown.