National Signing Day was big day at Toombs County High School as four seniors signed to play college football at three different schools. Quarterback Dalton McBride and lineman Willie Campbell each signed with the University of the Cumberlands (Williamsburg, Kentucky), lineman Ervin Mincey with West Georgia and Keshawn Morgan with Independence Community College (Kansas). In his last two years these four players helped lead the Dawgs to a 16-7 record and two trips to the state playoffs.
The four Bulldogs signed in a Wednesday morning event held in the Toombs County Auditorium.
Dalton McBride was the starting quarterback for the Toombs County Middle School Bullpups and for the high school Bulldogs for 2 1/2 seasons. As a junior Dalton completed 43-of-103 passes (42%) for 655 yards with 8 TD passes and 4 interceptions. He ran for 466 yards on 78 carries averaging 6 yards per carry and he scored 5 touchdowns.
As a senior Dalton completed 46-for-103 (45.0%) of his passes for 567 yards and 6 TD’s including 3 in the Bulldogs’ 34-31 home playoff win over Fitzgerald. McBride ran the ball 108 times for 478 yards (4.4) and scored 8 TD’s.
Willie Campbell as junior in 2016, was a key member of the Toombs County offensive line which made it possible for the Bulldogs to rush for 3,156 yards and 33 touchdowns. TCHS averaged 287 rushing yards per game and 6.9 yards per carry. Willie was the Bulldogs’ best pulling offensive lineman. In 2017 Campbell and the O-line helped the Dawgs rush for 2,618 yards (5.8) and score 36 TD’s on the ground.
Both Dalton and Willie will be playing for an NAIA school which is very competitive in the Mid-South Conference. In 2017 the University of the Cumberlands Patriots went 6-4 overall and 3-3 in the conference.
Ervin Mincey was a tough Bulldog to block in his senior season, using his quickness and strength the defensive lineman was constantly in the opponents offensive backfield disrupting running plays or sacking the quarterback. Mincey clinched the East Laurens game with a late sack at Paulson Stadium and in the Pit he scored a touchdown on a fumble recovery against Twiggs County and blocked a punt.
Mincey will be joining a West Georgia program which is on the rise. The Wolves went 9-4 in 2017 with three of their losses decided by five points or less. David Dean is the head coach at West Georgia and in his past he coached Valdosta State to two Division 2 national championships.
Keshawn Morgan ran for 3,221 yards in junior and senior seasons scoring 41 touchdowns including a career-high six at Telfair County as a junior and he touched the end zone five times against Swainsboro. The powerful back, with great field, vision ran for 1,697 yards as a junior with 21 TD’s and he averaged 8.3 per carry. As a senior Morgan tallied 1,524 yards (6.7) and scored 20 TD’s.
Keshawn will be a part of an Independence Community College team which is coming off a 9-2 season which featured the programs first ever bowl victory. The seventh ranked Pirates defeated fourth ranked Northeastern Oklahoma A&M 30-20 in the Midwest Classic Bowl.