The Bulldogs rally twice in regulation and they beat Metter 20-17 in overtime

The game-winning play begins with a snap from Angel Brown to Trey Cloud
D.J. Mincy, with the ball in his left hand, surges through the line of scrimmage
D.J. Mincey breaks a final tackle

Overtime, historically, has not been kind to the Toombs County Bulldogs. In 2013 they lost to Bryan County, at home in 3 OT’s, 34-27. During the 2007 season the Bulldogs rallied to tie ECI at 35-all and then they lost in an extra session 42-35  In 2003, in Booster Stadium in the first round of the state playoffs, Toombs dropped a 26-20 decision to Brooks County in the first overtime and the year before TCHS lost another OT game, in the Pit 20-19, to Southeast Bulloch.

Pictures by J.D. Rogers

D.J .Mincey scores the overtime touchdown
A football Bulldog pile
The Bulldogs celebrate their big Region 2 win

That three-game extra session drought came to an end on September 21st when D.J. Mincey scored on an eight-yard run in the first overtime to lift Toombs County to a 20-17 win at Metter. The Tigers kicked a 26-yard field goal to finish their OT possession. Each team started at the 15-yard line.

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The Bulldogs trailed their first region game of the season by a touchdown twice at 7-0 and 14-7.

Metter took the opening kick off and drove 68-yards in 15-plays, picking up six first downs and scoring on a 3-yard run by Keondre Williams. The Tigers, who now run the power wishbone under new head coach Rodney Garvin, ran the ball on every play of the drive and burned off 8 minutes and 29 seconds of the first quarter clock. A Tiger PAT made it 7-0 with 3:31 to play in the first quarter.

Trey Cloud gets ready to throw a strike
Ashlee Ashley snags the Cloud pass for a TD

The Bulldogs did not pick up a first down on their first two possessions. However, on their third possession they covered 80-yards in six plays. Trey Cloud opened the drive completing three-of-four passes to Chandler Lynn for 21, four and 36-yards and then after a running play Cloud threw an eight-yard strike to Ashlee Ashley in the end zone for the touchdown. Rafael Perez kicked the extra point to tie the game at 7-all with 48 seconds to play in the half.

The Tigers regained their seven-point advantage when Williams returned a punt 70-yards for a touchdown and with the PAT Metter had a 14-7 lead with 6:51 to play in the third quarter. Three Bulldogs had a shot at Williams between the TCHS 40 and the 30-yard line and nobody was able to touch him as the ran down the Metter sideline.

Metter recovered an onside kick at the TCHS 43, but the Dawgs didn’t yield a first down. The Tigers later in the game tried a 32-yard field goal, but it sailed off to the left with 10:16 to play. So, the Bulldogs only needed a touchdown to tie.

Demetrius Owens runs 21-yards for a TD
Demetrius Owens gets closer to the goal line
Trey Cloud holds for kicker Rafael Perez who ties the game with a PAT
Bryson Stanley (32) and Trey Cloud celebrate the tie game

For a second time TCHS drove 80-yards, this time in seven plays for a touchdown. Cloud started the drive with three completions. Ashley snagged two for gains of eight and six-yards and a first down and Lynn caught one for a seven-yard pick up. After a one-yard run by Owens, D.J. MIncey took over. The sophomore ran for 12-yards and a first down and then 11 more and another first down plus the Tigers were penalized 15-yards for a personal foul. Owens completed the drive with a 21-yard TD run. The senior got to the edge and broke a tackle inside the 10. Perez’s kick with 7:33 to play tied the game at 14.

For the rest of regulation Metter picked up one first down and Toombs County two on the final Bulldog possession prior to OT.

The Bulldogs get ready for overtime
TCHS coach Richie Marsh discusses OT with the refs
The Bulldogs stop Tigers running game in OT

Williams ran for three and one-yard to open up overtime for the Tigers. Than on third down Walker Dollar threw a catchable pass in to the end zone, but it was dropped and on fourth down and six, Metter kicked a field goal.

Demetrius Owens runs the ball in OT

The Bulldogs started their OT possession with two runs- Mincey for four-yards and Owens for three. Demetrius ended the night with his eight-yard TD run.

The Bulldogs are 3-2 overall and 1-0 in Region 2. Metter losses for the first time this season and drops to 4-1 and 0-1. In the other two region games Vidalia smashed Bryan County 54-8 in Pembroke and Bacon County knocked off undefeated Jeff Davis 24-17 in Alma.

Game Summary

1 2 3 4 1st OT
Toombs County (20) 0 7 0 7 6
Metter (17) 7 0 7 0 3

First quarter

TD  3:31 Metter- Keondre Williams. 3-yard run (PAT good)  7-0 Metter

Second quarter

TD :48 Toombs County- Trey Cloud 8-yard pass to Ashlee Ashley (Rafael Perez PAT good)  7-7

Third quarter

TD 6:51 Metter- Williams 70-yard punt return (PAT good)  14-7 Metter

Fourth quarter

TD 7:33 Toombs County- Demetrius Owens 21-yard run (Perez PAT good)  14-all

Overtime

FG Metter- 26-yard kick

TD- Toombs County- D.J. Mincey 8-yard run

Official Statistics

Rushing

D.J. Mincey 8 carries for 50-yards (6.3) Long- 12-yards and 1 TD

Demetrius Owens 8 carries for 36-yards (4.5) Long 21-yards and 1 TD

Trey Cloud 3 carries for 12-yards (4.0) Long 10

Ashlee Ashley 1 carry for 1-yard

Chandler Lynn 1 for -4-yards

Totals 21 carries for 95-yards (4.5) Long 21 and 2 TD’s  

Passing

Trey Cloud 9-for-17 (52.9) 114-yards (12.7) Long 46 and 1 TD and no INT’s

Receiving

Chandler Lynn 5 catches for 88 (17.6) Long 46

Ashlee Ashley 4 catches for 26-yards (6.5) Long 8 and 1 TD

Punting

Cole Graham 6 for 236-yards (35.9) Long 47

Defense Total Tackles

Caleb Hartley 24 tackles  1 TFL

D.J.Mincey 14 tackles  1 TFL

Chandler Lynn 10 tackles  1 TFL

Demetrius Owens 7 tackles  1 TFL

Tyler Smith 7 tackles  1 TFL

Ashlee Ashley 8 tackles

Brandon Usher 5 tackles

Raekwon Powell 5 tackles

Robert Kent 3 tackles

Tyler Heath 3 tackles

Bryson Stanley 2 tackles

Chandler Lynn helps finish a tackle
Ashlee Ashley catches a pass
Derrick Mincey tackles a Tiger
Chandler Lynn catches a pass and takes off
Three Dawgs take down one Tiger
Ashlee Ashley catches the ball and checks out the defense
Defensive coordinator Buddy Martin and his family