The Toombs County Bulldog senior class has been through a lot in their last five seasons of playing middle school and high school football. In 2013, as Bullpups, they lost three games all by four point margins. In their first two years of high school ball they endured some tough times in Region 1 AAA going 2-8 in back-to-back seasons. Entering their senior season these experienced Dawgs had won a total of 10 games. This season they have put themselves in a position of winning 10 or more games with their second place finish in Region 2 AA.
No coach knows these seniors better than defensive back coach Hunter Adams. He has been coaching this group since their middle school days when he assisted head Bullpup coach Eric Burns. “This group of seniors has always been a talented group.” Adams said after a tough Tuesday practice. “They have done an excellent job. They were pushed into the fire as tenth graders and they have grown. They have bought in. They are very coachable kids from a young age until now. Coach (Richie) Marsh has come in here and he has instilled a hard nosed mentality into them. They are a good group of kids and you don’t have to worry about them on school days. They are going to take care of business. They are polite kids. This season right here and last season. Kudos to them because they have worked hard. This year, hopefully, they will advance several rounds in the playoffs to the state championship- it’s what they deserve for the effort they have put in.”
On Friday the 8-1 Bulldogs will play host to 6-3 Swainsboro at 7:30 p.m. on Y-101 Radio and streamed on Mixlr. 18 Bulldog seniors will be honored prior to the game along with senior cheerleaders and members of the Red Coat Marching Band.
In 2013, in their final season of middle school football, these seniors were the nucleus of a team that went 5-3. The Pups defeated West Laurens and East Laurens each by the same 36-0 score, J.R. Trippe 20-0, Bleckley County 46-12 and Dublin 18-8. Unfortunately, the Bullpups lost to Dublin 6-2 and to Swainsboro twice by four- 34-30 in a home game in the regular season and 28-24 at Swainsboro in the playoffs.
Check out the senior Dawgs when they were Pups
The 2017 senior Bulldogs opened their high school careers beating Metter 21-8 on the road in a junior varsity game.
Dalton McBride first showed his ability to pull out a close game when he scored a pair of touchdowns in the Pit as the JV Dawgs rallied from a 14-0 deficit to defeat Tattnall County 15-14
McBride scored his first varsity touchdown in 2014 on a 25-yard run in the fourth quarter at Dodge County. McBride also had a 73-yard run from scrimmage at home against Brantley County and scored a pair of touchdowns late in the game.
Due to injuries freshman Keshawn Morgan started at quarterback in a home junior varsity game against Dodge County. The game didn’t go to well, but Kewhawn had his moments running the ball as a QB and looking Tim Tebo during his Gator days.
These young Bulldogs were thrown into the fire against older and bigger teams.
The young Dawgs were now juniors and they had a new head coach. Richie Marsh came to town and taught the Bulldogs, from day one, how to fly to the ball on defense and execute on offense and the end result was Toombs County’s first trip to the GHSA State Playoffs since the 2008 season.