In 2017 a veteran Toombs County Bulldog defense had three opportunities to shutout an opponent. However, Twiggs County, Bryan County and Metter all scored touchdowns in the final six minutes to avoid the “0”. Twiggs scored it’s touchdown in the final 37 seconds on a one-yard run.
Ironically, the 2018 Bulldogs, a much younger group, opened up the regular season with a shutout victory over Twiggs- 35-0 in Booster Stadium in Lyons. Toombs County doubled the Cobras in first downs- 12-6.
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On offense new starting quarter back Trey Cloud threw a 41-yard touchdown pass to Tyquan Toby early in the third quarter and a 17-yard scoring strike to Chandler Lynn near the end of that same quarter. Cloud also scored on an 18-yard run early in the second quarter. “We have been preparing all week to just come out and execute and it felt great,” Cloud said. “We practice passing a lot during practice. We work on it everyday and I think we can be effective throwing it.”
Running backs Demetrius Owens and D.J. Mincey each scored a touchdown. Owens on a 14-yard run in the first quarter and Mincey on a one-yard carry in thee third quarter. New Toombs County place kicker Rafael Perez made all five of his extra points as the Dawgs made a drastic improvement in special teams compared to their performance in the scrimmage game at Benedictine a week earlier.
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TD 4:26 Toombs County- Demetrius Owens 14-yard run (Rafael Perez PAT Good) 7-0
TD 10:46 Toombs County- Trey Cloud 18-yard run (Perez PAT Good) 14-0
TD 10:18 Toombs County- Cloud 41-yard pass to Tyquan Toby (Perez PAT Good) 21-0
TD 5:37 Toombs County- D.J. Mincey 1-yard run (Perez PAT Good) 28-0
TD :16 Toombs County- Cloud 17-yard pass to Chandler Lynn (Perez PAT Good) 35-0
D.J. Mincey 13 carries, 53 yards (4.1) 1 TD
Demetrius Owens 8 carries, 51 yards (6.4) 1 TD
Trey Cloud 3 carries, 50 yards (16.7) 1 TD
Silas LeGrant 3 carries, 58 yards (19.3)
Octavious Roberts 1 carry, 2 yards
Kodi Cortez 1 carry, -11 yards
Josiah Smith 1 carry, 15 yards
Total 30 carries, 188 yards (6.3) 3 TD’s
Trey Cloud 4-for-13 for 103 yards 2 TD’s and 0 interceptions
Tyquan Toby 1 catch for 41 yards 1 TD
Chandler Lynn 2 catch for 32 yards 1 TD
Tyler Smith 1 catch for 30 yards
Cole Graham 3 for 88 yards (29.3)
Rafael Perez 5-5 PAT 0-1 FG missed 29 yards
The Bulldog defense set the tone on the first possession of the game with a three and out stop. A 21-yard Cobra punt set the Dawgs up at their 35-yard line. TCHS picked up two first downs on a five-yard run by Mincey and a seven-yard carry by Owens. Cloud also ran for 11-yards on an eight-play drive which ended at the Cobra 27-yard line. An effective Cole Graham punt of 27-yards gave Twiggs rough field position at the Cobra 10.
Another three and out stop by the TCHS defense forced Twiggs to punt from it’s own 14-yard line and the Bulldogs came out of the exchange with a real short field. From the Cobra 29-yard line it took only two plays to score. Owens ran for 15-yards and a first down and then the senior was handed the ball again and he moved through a hole at the line of scrimmage created by Josh Jackson and scored on a 14-yard run. Wide receiver Raekwon Powell also helped out with a solid downfield block. “Coach Marsh worked our legs so we can break tackles and the whole time I was going down hill and breaking tackles,” Owens said. “Waking up and grinding and knowing this is my last year and I am going to enjoy every second of It.” Perez kicked the PAT through the south end zone goal posts to give TCHS a 7-0 lead with 4:26 to play in the first quarter.
Toombs set up a second scoring opportunity in the opening quarter on yet another three and out stop- a run and a pass for a yard each plus an incomplete pass. Lynn returned a booming punt for 35-yards, but a Dawg penalty moved the ball back to the Toombs 46. Cloud threw a 15-yard pass to Lynn and 30-yard strike to Tyler Smith down to the 13-yard line. However, two runs which netted a yard and an incomplete pass forced the Bulldogs to go for three and Florez’s first varsity field goal attempt from 29-yards was low and short.
Three plays later the Bulldogs did score their second touchdown. On second and 10 Tyler Smith leaped in to the air and intercepted a Cobra pass and then he ran to his right down to the 18-yard line for a return of 19-yards. On the next play Cloud faked a hand off to Mincey and then made a Cobra miss with a cross over move to his left. Cloud ran down the sideline and received some help from wide receiver Ashlee Ashley, who made a solid block at the five. Trey kept moving, staying just inside the right pylon in the north end zone, to score six. Perez’s extra point kick was perfect, right through the center of the uprights, to put Toombs County up 14-0 with 10:46 to play in the second quarter.
For the rest of the second period neither team could sustain a drive. On two full possessions and a play at the end of the half the Bulldogs did not pick up a first down. Meanwhile, Twiggs County finally earned it’s first first down on a completed pass on second down and 16. The Cobras completed another pass for eight-yards to move the ball to the Toombs 39. On the next play Mincey scooped up a Twiggs fumble.
Toombs County rebounded after half and scored three third quarter touchdowns. Smith returned the kickoff for 20-yards to the Dawg 45. Mincey ran for six and Owens for seven and a Toombs first down. After D.J. was stopped for a one-yard gain, Cloud threw a 41-yard touchdown pass to Toby, who was shaken up in the first half. Tyquan caught the ball at the Twiggs 23 and then avoided tacklers with a little weave. Perez nailed the PAT as the Bulldogs took a 21-0 lead with 10:18 to play in the third quarter.
The Cobras picked up their second first down of the game on their first possession of the second half. Quarterback Titonio Smith scrambled for eight-yards to move the sticks and he also completed two short passes, but the Dawg defense was swarming and the result was a pair of one-yard gains. A bad snap cost Twiggs seven-yards as Smith had to hit the ground to recover the loose ball and then a very active Dawson Malone, playing nose tackle in the Bulldog three-man front, sacked Smith for a five-yard loss on fourth down and 15.
Toombs County took over at the Twiggs 39 and ran the ball five straight times. Mincey carried the pigskin each time. His first tote was a no-gainer and then the hard running sophomore broke of a 14 and a 15-yard run collecting a pair of first downs. D.J. ran for nine-yards down to the one and finished the drive scoring on a one-yard run. Perez split the uprights again on his PAT and with 5:37 left in the third quarter Toombs County had a 28-0 lead.
Twiggs completed 3-of-4 passes and picked up two more first downs on it’s next possession which started at the Cobra 18. On second down and 10 Lynn, who also plays in the defensive secondary, broke quickly on a Cobra pass and Chandler intercepted it giving the Bulldogs the ball at Toombs 48-yard line.
The Bulldogs closed out the third quarter with a five-play, 52-yard scoring drive. On second down and 16 Cloud dropped back to pass and feeling pressure from his left he tucked the ball and ran down the Toombs County sideline stepping out at the 38 for a gain of 21-yards. Next Mincey ripped off a 21-yard gain thanks to a nice block by Jackson. D.J. ran the ball down to the 17. Cloud just missed connecting on a slant in pass so it was second down and the lefty threw a perfect strike to Lynn. Chandler at full speed caught the ball at the five and ran it in to the north end zone for a 17-yard TD. Perez completed his 5-for-5 night by booting the PAT which gave the Bulldogs a 35-0 lead with 16 second to play in the third quarter. That touchdown meant the fourth quarter would be played with a running clock since Twiggs was down by 30 or more.
In the final quarter the Bulldogs played their JV team. Twiggs reeled off three first downs in a possession and Toombs County had one on a 61-yard by Silas LeGrant. The freshman used a spin move to break in to open space.