The 2008 Toombs County Bulldogs shutout Vidalia 20-0. The 2017 Dawgs may not have blanked the Indians, but they did control the match up, at Vidalia, by excelling in all phases of the game. On offense the Bulldogs controlled the line of scrimmage, with their low pad level, allowing Keshawn Morgan to score three touchdowns. On special teams Rig Tinoco kicked two field goals in the first half from 26 and 50-yards and on defense the Red Bullets shutout the Indians in three of the four quarters. All those elements allowed the Bulldogs to end the Indians run of eight straight victories with a 26-7 win which more than pleased the thousands of TCHS fans who filled the bleachers and any open space at Buck Cravey Field.
Morgan scored on runs of 3,1 and 6-yards. He carried the ball a season-high 35 times for a season-high 204-yards. Keshawn picked up 10 of the Bulldogs’ 16 first downs.
Locker Room Show with interviews with Rig Tinoco and coach Richie Marsh
The Bulldog win combined with Jeff Davis’s surprising 36-14 home victory over Swainsboro locks up second place in Region 2 for Toombs County. So. now the Bulldogs will have play host to their first home playoff game since 2008 and their first opening round home playoff game since 2003.
In Region 1 Thomasville clinched first place with a 23-20 win at Brooks County. Toombs County could wind up playing host to Fitzgerald to open up the post season.
FG 10:59 Toombs County- Rig Tinoco 26-yards 3-0
TD 9:00 Toombs County- Keshawn Morgan 3-yard run (Tinoco PAT Good) 10-0
FG :21 Toombs County- Tinoco 50-yard field goal 13-0
TD 6:29 Vidalia- Derman Simmons 2-yard run (Grady Blount PAT) 13-7
TD :20 Toombs County- Morgan 1-yard run (Tinoco PAT Good) 20-7
TD 2:47 Toombs County- Morgan 6-yard run (McBride 2-point pass failed) 26-7
Keshawn Morgan 35 carries for 204-yards (5.8) Long 44 3 TD’s
Demetrius Owens 5 carries for 37-yards (7.4) Long 23
Dalton McBride 9 carries 29-yards (3.2) Long 15
Team 49 carries for 270-yards (5.5)
Dalton McBride 4-for-7 for 37-yards and 1 interception
Chandler Lynn 2 catches for 21-yards Long 17
Jaquail Boyd 1 catch for 16-yards
Ashlee Ashley 1 catch for 0-yards
TD 2:57 Toombs County- Morgan 6-yard run (Dalton McBride 2-point pass failed) 26-7
First Field Goal- 12 plays, 71-yards- The Bulldogs gained 8-yards on their first possession on two incomplete passes and an 8-yard run by quarterback Dalton McBride. After the Indians punted the ball in the end zone the Bulldogs started their second possession at their 20 and they kept the ball for 6:56 driving all the way down to the Vidalia 9-yard line.
Morgan picked up the first Dawg first down on a 13-yard run. Demetius Owens picked up the second on an 8-yard run. TCHS was called for holding which made it 1st and 20 from the Vidalia 48. Owens ran for 23-yards and a first down. McBride ran for 10 and another first down on the next play. A completed pass to Ashlee Ashley failed to gain a yard and then Morgan ran for 6 and no yards forcing Tinoco to kick the 26-yard field goal.
First Touchdown- 2 plays, 46-yards- The Bulldog defense stifled the Indians on three plays and after the Vidalia punt the Dawgs took over at the Indian 46. Morgan powered the ball 44-yards down field on a run in which he broke tackles and took the ball down to the 2-yard line. Keshawn scored on the next play.
Second Field Goal- 6 plays, 18-yards- After the Indians punted the ball to the Bulldog 48 with 3:24 to play in the half, the Dawg offense set up Tinoco with the opportunity to kick his career-high 50-yard field goal. Moran gained 7 and 4-yards to pick up one first down. McBride ran for 2-yards and threw a pass to Chandler Lynn for 4 and then Morgan ran for 1 and Rig says he put the tee down at the 40 and he drilled the kick with 21 seconds remaining in the half to give the Bulldogs a 13-0 lead at the break.
Vidalia Touchdown- 8 plays, 33-yards- The Bulldogs had their second punt blocked this season giving the Indians a real short field as Vidalia took over at the TCHS 33. Tajah Watts ran the ball for 5-yards on a 4th down and one play. The Dawgs were called for a personal foul which took the ball down to the 6. Simmons ran for 3 and then 3 more to score the TD.
Second Touchdown- 6 plays 67-yards- Morgan was the workhorse on this drive with five carries for 7, 17 and a first down, 3, 11 and 1 for the touchdown. Also McBride completed a 17-yard pass to Lynn for a first down and with a personal foul call against the Indians after that play the ball was placed at the Indian 12. Morgan ran the ball down to the 1 and then scored on the next play.
Third Touchdown- 13 plays, 63-yards- On their final drive, leading by 13, the Bulldogs accomplished two goals they scored a touchdown and they ran off 7:11 on the clock. They possessed the ball from the 10:08 mark in the fourth quarter to 2:57 to play when they scored. Morgan had runs of 8,3 and a first down, 10 and a first down, 1, 1, 5 and a first down, -1 and then a 6-yard run for the TD. McBride had a 15-yard run for a first down and his pass to D.J. Matthews resulted in a pass interference call against the Indians which moved the ball down to the Vidalia 15.
Pictures by J.D. Rogers