The Toombs County Bulldogs defense and special teams created three short field opportunities in the first half and Keshawn Morgan scored three touchdowns as the Bulldogs opened up a 19-0 lead. However, head coach Richie Marsh said his Dawgs lost their focus and the Tigers rallied and pulled to within nine points at the end of the third quarter. Morgan scored his fifth TD with 4:12 to play and even though Swainsboro scored again, TCHS ended the regular season with a 32-22 victory and a 9-1 record.
Morgan’s five touchdown performance, on his Senior Night, was just one TD off his six trips into the end zone at Telfair County early in the 2016 season. Morgan has scored eight touchdowns in his last two games and 18 for the season. Keshawn ran for 159-yards on 24 carries and picked up six first downs. For the season he has totaled 1.325 yards and scored 18 TD’s. In his last two games he piled up 363 rushing yards.
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TD :49 Toombs County- Keshawn Morgan 2-yard run (Rig Tinoco PAT good) 7-0
TD 6:23 Toombs County- Morgan 5-yard run (Tinoco PAT no good) 13-0
TD 1:41 Toombs County- Morgan 20-yard run (Dalton McBride 2-point pass failed) 19-0
TD 1:26 Swainsboro-Valario Stephens 97-yard kickoff return (Jacolby Gibbons 2-point pass good) 19-8
TD 8:25 Toombs County- Morgan 10-yard run (McBride 2-point pass failed) 25-8
TD 0:00 Swainsboro- Gibbons 40-yard pass to D.J. Jackson (Gibbons 2-point pass good) 25-16
TD 4:12 Toombs County- Morgan 17-yard run (Tinoco PAT good) 32-16
TD 3:03 Swainsboro- Jalyn Williams 12-yard run (Gibbons 2-point pass failed) 32-22
Keshawn Morgan 24 carries for 159-yards (6.6) Long 28 5 TD’s
Jeidon Sistrunk 10 carries for 61-yards (6.1) Long 25
Dalton McBride 8 carries for 46-yards (5.8) Long 29
Demetrius Owens 4 carries for 22 yards (5.5) Long 14
Team 46 carries for 288-yards (6.3) Long 29
Dalton McBride 2-for-10 for 10-yards and 1 interception
Jaquail Boyd 1 catch for 5-yards
Ashlee Ashley 1 catch for 5-yards
Kyle Reynolds 4 for 143-yards (35.8) Long 40
First Touchdown- 7 plays, 41-yards- The Bulldogs went three and out on their first possession gaining 6-yards on two Morgan carries. Senior Kyle Reynolds, punting from the TCHS 23, kicked the ball 36-yards where it was fumbled at the Tiger 41 and Toombs recovered. Senior Jeidon Sistrunk, who did not carry the ball for four games due to an injury, ran the ball for 17-yards and a first down on his first opportunity of the night. Sistrunk carried for 6 more and Morgan for 7 and a first down, Senior Demetrius Owens took a pitch and ran for 7. Sistrunk picked up a first down on a 3-yard run and then Jeidon was stopped at the line of scrimmage and Morgan ran the final 2-yards for his first touchdown of the night.
Second Touchdown- 3 plays, 34-yards- The Bulldogs had their second three and out series and Reynolds punted 40-yards to the Tiger 16. Swainsboro didn’t move the ball so the Tigers punted and a short kick was caught by D.J. Matthews on a fair catch at the Swainsboro 34. The Dawgs were called for illegal procedure to start off the drive. Senior Dalton McBride faked a handoff to Morgan and he ran down the Tiger sideline for 29-yards and a first down. Morgan carried the ball the final five yards and he went in untouched for his second TD of the game.
Third Touchdown- 5 plays, 46-yards– Senior Jaquail Boyd returned a punt 7-yards to the Swainsboro 46. Sistrunk ran for a yard and then McBride had a 45-yard touchdown called back due to a holding penalty. Owens broke free and ran for 14-yards and a first down. Dalton kept the ball and picked up 6-yards. McBride threw an incomplete pass and then he connected with Boyd, who caught the ball near the Dawg sideline for a 5-yard gain and a first down. The Bulldogs were flagged for holding again, but it didn’t matter as Morgan scored his third touchdown on a 20-yard run.
Fourth Touchdown- 7 plays, 48-yards– Morgan opened the drive with a 2-yard run and he was roughed up by the Tiger defense which was flagged for a 15-yard penalty for a personal foul. Morgan ran for 5-yards and Sistrunk carried the ball for 2 and 4-yards and a first down. Kehsawn picked up 3 and then 10 and another first down. Morgan scored his fourth touchdown on a 10-yard run down the Toombs sideline and he hopped into the end zone.
Fifth Touchdown-3 plays, 25-yards- Ashlee Ashley intercepted a pass at the Tiger 25 and then Morgan carried the ball three times. He gained 3 and 5-yards and then on third down and two from the 17 he squirted threw the line of scrimmage and raced into the south end zone for his fifth touchdown of the game.
Pictures by J.D. Rogers