2017 Bulldogs are in the same position in Region 2 as they were in 2016

Ashlee Ashley catches the ball against Benedictine

Entering the final three weeks of the Region 2 schedule the Toombs County Bulldogs are in the same position as they were in 2016. They are 3-1 and tied for second place. Last season they were only tied with Vidalia. This season the Bulldogs, the Indians and Swainsboro are all tied for second place behind undefeated Benedictine.

2017 Season

2-AA
Benedictine
4-0
7-0
Swainsboro
3-1
6-1
Toombs County
3-1
6-1
Vidalia
3-1
3-3
Bacon County
1-3
4-3
Jeff Davis
1-3
3-3
Metter
1-3
3-4
Bryan County
0-4
0-6

2016 Season (Through 4 Region games)

2-AA
Benedictine
4-0
7-0
Toombs
3-1
5-2
Vidalia
3-1
5-2
Swainsboro
2-2
2-5

2016 Season Final Standings

2-AA
Benedictine
7-0
10-0
Vidalia
6-1
8-2
Swainsboro
4-3
4-6
Toombs
4-3
6-4
Bryan County
2-5
3-6
Bacon County
2-5
2-7
Jeff Davis
2-5
2-7
Metter
1-6
2-7

Remaining games

Toombs County- Metter, at Vidalia, Swainsboro

Swainsboro- Vidalia, at Jeff Davis, at Toombs County

Vidalia- at Swainsboro, Toombs County, Bryan County

Benedictine- Bacon County, at Metter, Jeff Davis

Bacon County- at Benedictine, at Bryan County, Metter

Jeff Davis- Bryan County, Swainsboro, at Benedictine

Metter, at Toombs County, Benedictine, at Bacon County

Bryan County- at Jeff Davis, Bacon County, at Vidalia

If Benedictine wins two of it’s next three games and the Bulldogs beat Metter on Friday and Vidalia the next week, then the Dawgs would play Swainsboro for second place and a home game in the first round of the state playoffs. Toombs County hasn’t had a home playoff game since November 21, 2008 when they knocked off Cook County 19-7 in the second round of the playoffs. The last time TCHS had a first round home playoff game was November 21, 2003 when the Dawgs lost to Brooks County 26-20 in overtime.

Speaking of Brooks County, the Trojans are involved in a three-way race to see who will be the Region 1 champion. This year Region 1 and Region 2 meet in the first round of the GHSA State Playoffs. Thomasville has already beaten two region opponents- Berrien 42-14 and Early County 38-10- and leads the five-team region with a 2-0 record. Brooks has defeated Early County 49-0 and Fitzgerald took care of Berrien 35-7 and each of those teams is 1-0.

Remaining games 

Thomasville-at Brooks County, Fitzgerald

Brooks County- Fitzgerald, Thomasville, at Berrien County

Fitzgerald- at Brooks County, Early County, at Thomasville

Class AA
 
 
1-AA
Thomasville
2-0
7-0
Brooks County
1-0
6-0
Fitzgerald
1-0
3-4
Berrien
1-2
4-4
Early County
0-3
2-6

Toombs County versus Metter

Last year, at Metter, the Bulldogs opened up a 21-0 lead. Demetris Owens started the game by returning the kickoff 85-yards for a touchdown. Jeidon Sistrunk ended a drive with a three yard touchdown run and quarterback Dalton McBride threw a short pass to D.J. Matthews. The junior made a move then knocked a Tiger backwards and scored on a 16-yard play. Keshawn Morgan, who ran for 128-yards on nine carries in last year’s game, pulled away from the Tiger defense and scored on a 62-yard run, Rig Tinoco kicked a 25-yard field goal and Sistrunk scored on a fourth down run from the Metter 3-yard line in Toombs County’s 38-7 win. The Bulldogs had touchdown drives of 65, 64, 70 and 50-yards.

This season the Tigers have won non-region games, at home, versus (0-7) Johnson (Savannah) 35-0 and at (1-6) Claxton 21-9. Metter opened up the season with a close loss to 21-15 loss to 6-1 ECI in Twin City. In region play the Tigers edged Bryan County last week 28-25 in Pembroke. In other league games Metter lost at home to Vidalia 34-13 and to Jeff Davis 27-7 and at Swainsboro 54-0.

“You watch them early in the year and they looked like they were a team that was going to be in the hunt,” coach Richie Marsh said after Tuesday’s practice. “We went over there last year and they played us lights out in the first half. They played a very good first half against us.”

On offense number 3 Larry Gibson (5-10 177 pound junior) runs the show from the quarterback position. He is a strong runner who can throw the ball effectively. Last year he wore number 12 and he ran the ball well against the Bulldogs.

On defense the Tigers like to stunt. “We have to make sure we are taking care of the gaps. They do a lot of stunting. You can’t figure out which way they are going. You have got to execute your steps and that’s the thing we struggled to do today,” Marsh said.

Practices at Toombs County are both physical and cerebral. “We have to know more of what we are trying to do when there are different calls that are made. We ask them a lot of questions of why we are doing that and they need to be able to give us the right answers back. So, that we know that they know what they are doing, so we can play fast.” Marsh added.

The Bulldogs and the Tigers will play at 7:30 on Friday, October 20 in Booster Stadium. The Bulldog Pregame Show begins at 7 on Y-101 Radio and it is streamed on Mixlr.

Toombs County takes care of Metter 38-7, up next Vidalia and the battle for 2nd place

2013 Season

Big plays break the Bulldogs

The Metter Tigers made four big plays of over 50-yards as they raced away to a 43-21 win over the Toombs County Bulldogs in the Pit in Lyons. The loss droped the Bulldogs to 1-3 overall and 0-3 in the Region 2 standings. Metter is 3-1 and 2-1

Y-101 play-by-play highlights

Locker Room Show

The Bulldogs came out throwing on the game’s first possession and they moved to the Metter side of the field before their drive stalled. The Tigers took the ball and stuck it in the end zone on a 17-yard run by Chris Tarver. Add a Miguel Bautista PAT and the Tigers were up 7-0 with 4:02 to play in the first quarter.

Big play number one for the Tigers came on the final play of the first quarter when Justin Parrish raced away on a 66-yard TD run down the Metter sideline for six. The Tigers’ two-point attempt failed so they win the first quarter 13-0.

The Bulldogs finally got a fourth down stop on defense in the second quarter and then the offense took over and drove the ball downfield. Sophomore quarterback Jordan Usher threw his first varsity TD pass to Jamar Smith, on a 10-yard play, with 21 seconds remaining in the half. The snap on the PAT was low and holder Ben Brantley’s pass for two-points was incomplete. Smith ran for 172 yards on 30 carries averaging 5.7 yards per run with a long gain of 26 yards.

The Bulldogs were hoping to begin the second half with a defensive stop. However, the Tigers big play number two was a 75-yard kickoff return that with a PAT pushed the Tiger lead to 20-6, just 11 seconds into the second half. The Bulldogs got the ball back and thought they were about to pick up a big first down on a throw from Usher to Cole Dowd. However, big play number three included a strip of the ball and a fumble recovery run of more than 50-yards down the Bulldog two. Quarterback LaQuavis Kelly scored on a two-yard run and with a two-point conversion the Tigers quickly turned a close game into a 28-6 advantage with 9:10 to play in the third quarter. Metter added another TD at the end of the third quarter on Tarver run to extend the Tiger lead to 36-6 with another two-pointer.

Toombs County scored two of the game’s final three touchdowns. Smith ran 18-yards untouched with 6:01 to play in the game to make it 36-21 Metter. Javon Edwards scored on an 18-yard run. The Bulldogs bigest play of the night came on a reverse run by Erion Gaffney. The senior ran the ball 44 yards down inside the 10. However, the Dawgs were stopped on fourth down. Tigers fourth and final big play was a 59-yard touchdown run by LaQuavis Kelly.

2012 Season

Revamped Bulldogs take care of Metter

Coming off a one-point home loss to Bacon County, the Toombs County Bulldogs made some significant changes prior to their road trip to Metter. They broke out of the wishbone and featured sophomore Jamar Smith as the tail of their I-formation and they turned some key Bulldogs into one-way players- offense or defense. The end result was a fresher team in the fourth quarter and a 21-6 Region 2 victory improving the Dawgs to 3-1 overall and 2-1 in the region.

Y-101 play-by-play highlights

Locker Room Show

 

After yielding a first down to Metter on the opening drive of the game, the Bulldogs drove 63-yards for their first touchdown and Smith was responsible for every yard on the drive. The offensive line opened up a big hole for Smith’s final carry and he darted to the left and down the sideline for a 15-yard TD run. Oswaldo Guzman tacked on the PAT to give TCHS a 7-0 lead with 6:23 to play in the first quarter.

The Bulldogs have only yielded 13 points all season and both touchdowns have come with about a half-a-minute remaining on the clock. Bacon County scored it’s game-winner with 37 seconds left on the Pit clock and Metter touched the end zone with 32 seconds remaining in the first quarter. Tiger quarterback Jacob Wedincamp fired a sideline pass to Malik Kelley and the sophomore receiver turned it into a 32-yard TD play. The Metter extra point was blocked by the center of the Bulldog line.

The Tigers began to clamp down on the Bulldogs running game so quarterback Ben Brantley took to the air and threw a slant in pass to Tomond Hampton. The senior made a nice catch and then broke a tackle and raced into the endzone for a 45-yard touchdown with 1:15 to play before halftime. Guzman nailed the PAT to give the Bulldogs a 14-6 lead at the break.

In their loss to Bacon, the Bulldogs were trying to add to their one-possession lead in the second half. However, they didn’t and they paid the price. Against Metter, Toombs drove 77-yards in the fourth quarter and scored on third and 10 on another big pass play. Anthony Britt, who took over at receiver for Hampton (left game with second half injury), caught a pass from Brantley near the sideline and slipped away and scored on a 46-yard completion with 6:15 to go. For Brantley it was his third TD pass of the season and second of the night. The last time a Bulldog quarterback threw two touchdown passes was the second game of the 2009 season when Berry Aldridge (also a sophomore) threw scoring strikes to Javec King (27-yards) and Kevin Dennard (24-yards) in a 41-0 home win over Southeast Bulloch.on. Smith ran for 215 yards on 35 carries and averaged 6.1 yards per rush.