The 32nd meeting between the Toombs County Bulldogs and the Vidalia Indians was decided in the first quarter when the Indians raced to a 17-0 lead scoring an offensive touchdown, a special teams TD and a field goal. Vidalia scored two more rushing touchdowns and two passing TD’s in a 45-14 win in Booster Stadium in Lyons.
Pictures by J.D. Rogers
The Indians are 7-0 overall and 3-0 in Region 2. The Bulldogs three game region winning streak came to an end as they drop to 5-3 and 3-1 are they are in third place in the region. Swainsboro is tied with Vidalia for the region lead at 3-0 after the Tigers’ 41-0 home win over Bryan County. Metter held off Bacon County 24-21 at home. Metter is 1-2 in the region and Bacon is 1-3.
Vidalia opened the game running three plays and driving 60-yards to take a 7-0 lead over Toombs County on a two-yard run by Chris Gay with 10:34 to play in the first quarter. The TD was set up by a 54-yard run by Tahjah Watts.
Toombs County quarterback Trey Cloud completed two passes to Chandler Lynn for a first down and Vidalia was called for offsides to make it second down and one. The Dawgs threw an incomplete pass and Vidalia stopped TCHS on third down and one.
Toombs County punted the ball to the Indian 37 and Vidalia drove 63-yards for a field goal. Nyshun Bell ran for 26-yards and QB Marc Wardlaw ran for a first down. Vidalia was called for holding to make it third down and goal from the 17. Wardlaw ran the ball down to the five-yard line and on fourth down Grady Blount kicked a 22-yard field goal to put Vidalia up 10-0 in the first quarter.
The Bulldogs, on their second possession, gained two-yards and then threw two incomplete passes and had their punt blocked. The snap to Cole Graham was low and hit the turf and with three Indians breaking through the punt was deflected and went straight up in the air. It took a nice bounce at the Bulldog 20-yard line and that is where Antrevion Williams picked up the ball and ran it in to the north end zone for a TD giving Vidalia a 17-0 lead with 2:14 to play in the first quarter.
Toombs County put together a drive on it’s third possession. Cloud completed a 50-yard pass to Lynn and on the play Vidalia was called for a personal foul which moved the ball down to the Indian 13. Lynn ran a stop route and caught the ball at the Bulldog 30 and as he was turning up field he put his right hand on the ground to regain his balance. Chandler broke a tackle at the 32 and then with the ball in his left hand ran down the Bulldog sideline. Bell closed the gap and finally brought down Lynn at the Indian 26-yard line. The penalty moved the ball down to the 13. However, the drive stalled in the red zone on a three-yard run and two incomplete passes and Rafael Perez missed a 27-yard field goal with 11 second remaining in the first quarter. The attempted appeared to be deflected by an unblocked Indian. So, the Vidalia still had the lead at 17-0.
The Indians scoring pace slowed in the second quarter. The Bulldogs punted and had a pass intercepted and the Indians were also forced to punt the ball. Late in the quarter Vidalia drove 57-yards. The Indians collected three first downs on an 11-yard run by Nyshun Bell, a 15-yard catch by Bryant Phillips and a nine-yard run by Rodney Wardlaw. On third and goal, from the 10, Marc Wardlaw threw a 10-yard pass to Chris Gay with 23 seconds left in the first half. Blount’s PAT upped the Vidalia lead to 24-0.
The Bulldogs took the second half kickoff and drove the ball downfield. Cloud completed three passes on the drive. Raekwon Powell caught a five-yard pass and Graham snagged one for 12-yards and a first down. D.J .Mincey finished the drive with a 20-yard touchdown run. The sophomore broke a tackle behind the line of scrimmage and then a hole opened up to the left as he raced in to the left corner of the north end zone. Rafael Perez kicked the PAT and with 8:49 to play in the third quarter the Vidalia lead was 24-7.
The Indians answered with another TD drive and Bell finished with a seven-yard run with 1:53 to play in the third quarter to push the Vidalia lead to 31-7.
Vidalia recovered an on-side kick and then Marc Wardlaw threw a 29-yard touchdown pass to Sheldon Washington. The senior caught the ball at the two and was tackled as he crossed the goal line in the right corner of the south end zone. With :55 left in the third quarter Vidalia was in charge at 38-7.
The fourth quarter was played with a running clock. The Indians scored their final touchdown on a 20-yard touchdown run by Watts to increase Vidalia lead to 45-7 with 9:11 to play in the game.
Toombs County kept the ball on the ground, except for one incomplete pass, and Mincey and Demetrius Owens combined to pick up 51-yards with MIncey scoring on a five-yard run. Perez kicked the extra point. Vidalia 45, Toombs County 14.
TD 10:34 Vidalia- Chris Gay 2-yard run (Grady Blount PAT good) 7-0
FG 3:17 Vidalia- Blount 22-yard kick 10-0
TD 2:14 Vidalia- Antrevion Williams ran a blocked punt in (Blount PAT good) 17-0
TD :23 Vidalia- Marc Wardlaw pass 10-yard pass to Chris Gay (Blount PAT good) 24-0
TD 8:49 Toombs County- D.J. Mincey 20-yard run (Rafael Perez PAT good) 24-7
TD 1:53 Vidalia- Nyshun Bell 7-yard run (Blount PAT good) 31-7
TD :55 Vidalia- Marc Wardlaw 29-yard pass to Sheldon Washington (Blount PAT good) 38-7
TD 9:11 Vidalia- Tahjah Watts 20-yard run (Blount PAT good) 45-7
TD 4:15 Toombs County- Mincey 5-yard run (Perez PAT good) 45-14
D.J. MIncey 8 carries for 74-yards (9.3) Long 20 and 2 TD’s
Demetrius Owens 11 carries for 60-yards (5.5) Long 14
Trey Cloud 3 carries for -3 Long 1
Totals 22 carries for 131-yards (6.0) Long 20 and 2 TD’s
Trey Cloud 9-for-20 (45%) 101-yards Long 50 and 1 interception
Chandler Lynn 4 catches for 74-yards (18.5) Long 50
Cole Graham 2 catches for 21-yards (10.5) Long 15
Raekwon Powell 2 catches for 11-yards (5.5) Long 6
Ashlee Ashley 1 catch for -5-yards
Cole Graham 3 for 60-yards (20.0) Long 41
Chandler Lynn 1 for 27-yards
Ashlee Ashley 11 and 1 TFL
Demetrius Owens 8
Tyler Smith 7
D.J. Mincey 6
Caleb Hartley 5
Tyler Heath 4 and 1 TFL
Brannon Usher 4 and 1 TFL
Josiah Smith 3
Cameron Braddock 2
Raekwon Powell 1
TCHS Hall of Famer and Super Bowl Champion attended the Toombs County/Vidalia game
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