Bulldogs and Yellow Jackets will play in Hazlehurst with the playoff positions on the line

For the third straight season, since moving back to AA and Region 2, the Toombs County Bulldogs are 3-1 after their first four region games. In 2016 they wound up fourth, last year they improved to second and this season the Dawgs could still finish first, second, third or fourth depending on how they do in their final two games and how the other top teams in the region fare in the final three weeks of the regular season. The Bulldogs have the head-to-head tie breaker, so far, against Metter, Bacon County and Bryan County.

2018 Season (Through 4 Region games)

2-AA
Vidalia
3-0
7-0
Swainsboro
3-0
5-2
Toombs Co.
3-1
5-3
Jeff Davis
1-2
5-2
Metter
1-2
5-2
Bacon Co.
1-3
1-7
Bryan Co.
0-4
1-6

Remaining games

Vidalia- Swainsboro and Metter at home and Bacon on the road

Swainsboro- at Vidalia, Jeff Davis at home and at Toombs County

Toombs County- at Jeff Davis, an off week and at home versus Swainsboro

Jeff Davis- Toombs County at home, at Swainsboro and Metter at home

Metter- Bryan County at home and Vidalia and Jeff Davis on the road

Bacon County- off, at Bryan County and at home versus Vidalia

2017 Season (Through 4 Region games)

2-AA
Benedictine
4-0
7-0
Swainsboro
3-1
6-1
Toombs Co.
3-1
6-1
Vidalia
3-1
3-3
Bacon County
1-3
4-3
Jeff Davis
1-3
3-3
Metter
1-3
3-4
Bryan County
0-4
0-6

2017 Season Final Standings

2-AA
Benedictine
7-0
10-0
Toombs Co.
6-1
9-1
Vidalia
5-2
5-4
Jeff Davis
3-4
5-4
Bacon Co.
3-4
6-4
Swainsboro
3-4
6-4
Metter
1-6
3-7
Bryan Co.
0-7
0-9

Jeff Davis, Swainsboro and Bacon played mini-games to decide fourth place. Swainsboro defeated Bacon and Jeff Davis edged Swainsboro 8-7 for fourth place.

2016 Season (Through 4 Region games)

2-AA
Benedictine
4-0
7-0
Toombs
3-1
5-2
Vidalia
3-1
5-2
Swainsboro
2-2
2-5

2016 Season Final Standings

2-AA
Benedictine
7-0
10-0
Vidalia
6-1
8-2
Swainsboro
4-3
4-6
Toombs
4-3
6-4
Bryan County
2-5
3-6
Bacon County
2-5
2-7
Jeff Davis
2-5
2-7
Metter
1-6
2-7

This season Region 2 will match up against Region 3 in the first round of the GHSA State Playoffs. On October 4th Dublin beat Dodge County 34-10 in the Shamrock Bowl. Washington County plays at Dodge County this Friday and then on November 2nd Dublin and Washington County will close out the regular season playing in the House of Pain in Sandersville.

3-AA
Dublin
4-0
7-1
Wash. County
4-0
6-0
Dodge Co.
2-1
6-1
Northeast
2-1
3-4
Bleckley Co.
0-3
2-5
Southwest
0-3
2-5
East Laurens
0-2
1-5

Toombs County at Jeff Davis

For the second season in a row the Toombs County/Jeff Davis game features two teams with winning records playing in Hazlehurst. The Bulldogs are 5-3 and the Yellow Jackets, who are coming off an off week, are 5-2. The pregame coverage on Y-101 Radio and Mixlr begins at 7 p.m. and the game kicks off at 7:30. Toombs County Football Page

The Jackets went 4-0 during their non-region schedule highlighted by a 41-40 home win over Windsor Forest. Jeff Davis lost at Bacon County 24-17 to open up Region 2 play then defeated Bryan County 54-21 at home before losing at Vidalia 43-15.

Coach Richie Marsh talks about the Indians and Yellow Jackets

The Bulldogs are coming off a 45-14 loss to rival Vidalia. Toombs County coach Richie Marsh wanted to get off to a good start in the home game, but instead it was the Indians who took the early 17-0 lead. “I just don’t think we were mentally prepared to play that game,” Marsh said on Wednesday morning prior to practice. “When you go into a game like that things that aren’t suppose to happen, happen. In the first quarter there were three huge things that happened like that. They blocked a punt for a touchdown and balls getting out on the perimeter and we have guys there. At the end of the day I did not have them ready to play that game. You go down to a score like that and they won. I don’t want to take anything from them because they were a team that was ready to play that game and their coaches had them very well prepared for that and then what happened, happened.”

There is no time for the Bulldogs to mope about the Vidalia loss. With two games left their playoff position is still up in the air. “We need to play with a nasty taste in our mouth and we haven’t played with a nasty taste in our mouth one time this year. Is it because we thought we were young. We just haven’t played with the edge that we need to have, that good football teams have. Every good football team has an edge and we don’t have it yet and we need to get it. I always talk about the progress made from game one to game two. If we can create an edge we can see a lot of progress. On the other hand without that edge we are going to struggle in the next two games. We will struggle Friday night so we need to create an edge about us both coaching wise and attitude wise on the grass.”

Through eight games the Bulldog offense has run for 1,182 yards and passed for 1,132 yards. This might be the most balanced Toombs County offense ever. “Right now it is helping us move the ball and it gives us hope, but we are not sustaining drives. That third and two play (against Vidalia) that we didn’t convert on, we have got to be able to make those things happen. When you have those type things within the offense the numbers look good, but the results don’t. I have said all season we have got to sustain drives. If we can sustain drives and throw the ball you are never out of the game. That is what I have always thought. You have got to be able to hang on to the football. You can’t move the ball 40 or 60-yards downfield and punt it every time. That is always what I used to say about those spread teams when the spread first came out. They would throw the ball all over the field, but hey have got to be able to convert. They have got to be able to play in the red zone. I don’t think the red zone is our problem. I think it is just being able to sustain drives. We didn’t have the attitude of the four down territory when we were down there that first time in the red zone and that is on coach Marsh. So, that is something that I could have corrected and being able to get down there more often that is about us sustaining drives. So, if we could learn to sustain a drive and then be balanced than it is a huge help. Not being able to sustain drives or being able to get yardage to get in the red zone or get down there into a place where you feel like you can score, that is a hindrance. That has got to change and we have two games to change it and it needs to change this week.”

For the second week in a row the Bulldogs will play a Wing-T team with weapons. Jeff Davis is averaging 30.9 points per game. “That’s the thing, it is two weeks in a row we are going to play an offense that is very similar. We’ve got to do what we were suppose to do last week, a lot better this week. Defensively we have got to be more physical. The things that we talk about every day in this program, we did not accomplish. We were not physical. Ten men to the football like we pride our self in and we didn’t have the pad level that we need to have and then we got beat deep. Those things that we feel you have got to be able to do week in week out to be the defense we want to be. I don’t know if we have accomplished any of them the way we plan on them.”

The Yellow Jackets are very unpredictable when it comes to kicking off. Beware of the onside kick at any time in the game. “They are willing to take a chance. We just got to make sure that it works out to our benefit. They take so many chances with the kicks that they have. If it works out for you than you have a short field. If it works out for them then obviously they have a much shorter field. You see a lot of teams doing that more often now. They are willing to give up that 20-yards if they give it over to the offense. It may be from the 25 because so many teams are doing the sky kicks and you get the ball around the 35 or 40. They are giving up 10 or 12-yards difference. That is just a part of their plan and they have used it well. You have just got to make sure that you spend time on making sure you can recover all those different kicks that they are going to give you. It can steal a possession and you don’t want that to happen. That happened to us Friday also.”

This week is fall break at Toombs County High School which means the Bulldogs’ regular routine is altered. Instead of a player going to school and then to practice in the afternoon, this week there is no school and the team practices in the morning. “It’s just something that you would like to have different, but it’s not that way and you have just got to learn to not let it be a huge distraction. Try to use the time that you have got with the kids in the afternoon to spend some more personal time with them and try to help them get better at the things they need to get better at as a player because you don’t have the school day that you are trying to work around. You just have to take the negatives about it and turn it into a positive.”

Bacon County 24, Jeff Davis 17

Special teams make the difference in Alma

Bacon County set up Jeff Davis for an easy score to open the game. The Yellow Jackets recovered a Bacon County fumble at the Raider 25 and scored on a three-yard run by Emanuel Rumph. The Jackets tried an onside kick which Bacon scooped up at the Raider 46. Senior quarterback Cooper Brown completed a 26-yard pass to Isaiah Grant (#20 6-1 172 senior) and then Brown finished the drive with a 20-yard TD pass to Jordan Wiley (#4 5-10 160 junior) to make it 7-7.

A high snap to the Bacon punter gave JD the ball at the Raider nine-yard line and one play later the quarterback scored on a nine-yard keeper. 14-7 Jeff Davis in the first quarter.

In the second quarter Bacon County blocked a Yellow Jacket punt and recovered the ball at the Jeff Davis 17. Zavious Bell (5-7 150 senior) scored on a 17-yard run to tied the game at 14-all.

Jeff Davis intercepted a Bacon pass and a potential Pick-6 was brought back by a penalty. The Yellow Jackets completed a pass for 22-yards and kicked a 29-yard field goal to take a 17-14 lead at half.

Bacon scored the only touchdown in the second half on defense. Rumph was running the ball and he was hit in the midsection. Bacon scooped up the ball and scored on a 63-yard return to take a 21-17 lead.

Mason Mikell intercepted a JD pass and gave the Raiders the ball at their 40. A 21-yard run by Bell set Ronaldo Juarez up for a long field goal attempt and the senior kicked a school-record 50-yarder and now Bacon had a 24-17 lead late in the third quarter.

Bacon stopped Jeff Davis on a fourth and one play at the Yellow Jacket 28. Then JD intercepted a pass and had a second Pick-6 called back by a penalty. On third and eight the Jackets went with a double handoff back to the quarterback and a sure TD pass was dropped in the end zone. The Yellow Jackets tried a 40-yard field goal which missed the uprights.

Jeff Davis 54, Bryan County 21

Yellow Jackets roll up 41 1st half points against Bryan County

The Jeff Davis Yellow Jackets had seven first half offensive possessions and they scored six touchdowns. Their only unsuccessful drive ended in the red zone. JD led 41-6 at the break and defeated visiting Bryan County 54-21.

5-10 205 pound junior Jashaun Kirby opened the Jeff Davis scoring running 64-yards for a TD. The Yellow Jackets recovered the ball on the kick off at the Redskin 38-yard line and they ended this short field drive with a nine-yard run by right wingback Austin Woods.

A Britt Metts to Cade Walters 31-yard touchdown pass made it 21-0 Jeff Davis in the opening quarter.

Bryan County scored it’s only first half touchdown on a 44-yard run by Terron Dixon. Kirby ran for 42-yards and the Yellow Jackets were in the red zone. However, they didn’t score and they turned the ball over on downs.

Emanuel Rumph set Jeff Davis up for a second quarter score with a dazzling 45-yard run and Woods completed the drive with a 12-yard run.

On the Jackets next possession Rumph scored on a 31-yard carry. Metts scrambled for 32-yards and Woods scored on an 11-yard run to end JD’s first half scoring.

Metts has committed to play baseball at Jacksonville University. Last spring, against Toombs County, he walked three times and scored twice in the Yellow Jackets 9-6 win in Hazlehurst and in Lyons, in a 6-2 JD win, he went 1-for-3 with a walk, a strikeout and a run scored.

Vidalia 43, Jeff Davis 15

Jackets losses a second region game at Vidalia

Vidalia opened the home game with a big play which set up the Indians first touchdown. Senior Nyshun Bell ran 83-yards- from the Vidalia 15-yard line to the Jeff Davis two. Bell, who was the right wing back, went in motion and took the handoff and he received two big blocks at the 30-yard line which opened up a wide open path down the Vidalia sideline. A Yellow Jacket dove unsuccessfully at the JD 30. Nyjai Willis, who runs a 4.67 40, closed from an angle and grabbed Bell by the shoulder pads and dragged him to the turf. Senior fullback Tahjah Watts finished the quick drive with a two-yard TD run. He was actually nearly brought down by one of his offensive lineman (Robert Brown) who was blocking for him on the right side of the line, but Watts kept his balance and stepped into the end zone. The Indians snapped the ball to the holder on the extra point and he took off toward the left pylon where he was belted by a Yellow Jacket shy of the end zone.

Vidalia lost a fumble at the Indian 31 on it’s second possession and Jeff Davis recovered. The Jackets wound up attempting a field goal which was blocked. Jeff Davis did score on a 50-yard drive. Austin Wood ran for 15-yards and caught a three-yard pass for the touchdown. Jeff Davis ran the ball in for two-points, on a QB keeper, and an 8-6 lead.

The Indians retook the lead on a 63-yard drive. Junior quarterback Marc Wardlaw ran for 16-yards and senior Chris Gay ended the drive with a 25-yard TD run. He lined up at left wing and went in motion and took the handoff and received two big blocks as he reached the edge. At the nine-yard line he made a little hesitation move and deeked cornerback Emanuel Rump out of the play prior to scoring six. The Indians went with an unbalanced line on the two-point conversion- four offensive lineman and a wing lined up close to the line of scrimmage to the right of the center. The Yellow Jackets were out-numbered and Gay easily ran the ball in giving Vidalia a 14-8 lead at half.

The Indians drove 60-yards in three plays on their first possession of the second half. Watts gained 25 on the first play. He broke a tackle six-yards downfield and then was finally pushed out of bounds at the JD 35. Gay scored the touchdown on a 12-yard carry. The Indians ran the same unbalanced line formation on their two-point attempt and it worked again with Gay running the ball in to lift Vidalia to a 22-8 lead.

Jeff Davis was flagged for two 15-yard penalties setting up Vidalia to kick off from the 30-yard line. The Indians recovered an onside kick and scored a touchdown on the next play on a seven-yard run by Bell. Add an extra point and suddenly Vidalia had a 29-8 lead in the third quarter.

The Yellow Jackets lost a fumble, but Vidalia didn’t score. However, the Indians picked off a pass at their 12-yard line and they drove 88-yards. On the first play Raymond Collins took off on a 31-yard run on the outside. On the next play, from the Vidalia 43, Rodney Wardlaw set up as a halfback and he got the call. He broke an arm tackle at his 47 and made a Yellow Jacket miss at the JD 48. At the Yellow Jacket 35 two chasers were even with him, one of them- Tyeson Alls- made a diving attempt at the 18, but he barely touched a heel and Wardlaw stumbled just a little before running the ball in for a 57-yard TD. After the the PAT Vidalia had a 36-8 lead with 7:11 to play in the game.

Jeff Davis scored it’s final touchdown on a one-yard run by Jashaun Kirby. Bryce Davis handled a Yellow Jacket onside kick and Vidalia had a short field starting at the Indian 43. Once again Rodney Wardlaw took a handoff as a halfback and this time nobody touched him. Alls chased him for 45-yards and he never got close enough to interfere with the 57-yard touchdown run.

Toombs County Bulldog Official Statistics after 8 games

Rushing

D.J. Mincey 78 carries, 559 yards (7.2) 9 TD’s  Long 40

Demetrius Owens 95 carries, 4469 yards (4.9) 7 TD’s Long 26

Silas LeGrant 14 carries, 99 yards (7.1) Long 61

Trey Cloud 27 carries, 98 yards (3.6) 1 TD  Long 20

Caleb Harley 1 carry, 2 yards

Ashlee Ashley 1 carry, 1 yard

Octavious Robinson 1 carry, 2 yards

Chandler Lynn 1 carry, -4 yards

Kodi Cortez 2 carries, -16 yards

Josiah Smith 4 carries, -34 yards

Total 225 carries, 1182 yards (5.3) 17 TD’s

Passing

Trey Cloud 69-for-147 (46.9%) for 1123 yards  9 TD’s and 4 interceptions

Receiving

Chandler Lynn 36 catches for 627 yards (17.4) Long 52 and 3 TD’s

Ashlee Ashley 12 catches for 137 yards (11.4) Long 32 and 1 TD

Cole Graham 7 catches for 133 yards (19.0) Long 39 and 2 TD’s

Raekwon Powell 7 catches for 125 yards (17.9) Long 44 and 1 TD

Tyquan Toby 3 catches for 59 yards (19.7) 1 TD

Tyler Smith 1 catch for 37 yards

J.D. Myers  1 catch for 11 yards and a TD

Demetrius Owens 2 catches for -6 yards

Punting

Cole Graham 22 for 711 yards (32.3) Long 47  6 inside the 20

Chandler Lynn 7 punts for 236 yards (33.7) Long 38  1 inside the 20

Kicking

Rafael Perez 25-for-28 PAT (89.3%)   0-3 FG missed 29-yards, 27-yards, 27-yards

Caleb Hartley 0-for-1 FG missed 43 yards

Defense Total Tackles

GP Total T. AVG.
Season Totals 8 510 63.8 48.0
1 C. Hartley (Jr) 8 94 11.8 9.0 TFL
2 T. Smith (Jr) 7 32 4.6 3.0
3 C. Lynn (So) 8 57 7.1 1.0
4 M. Merrion (Jr) 4 3 0.8
5 D. Owens (Sr) 8 41 5.1 5.0
6 K. Cortez (Fr) 6 7 1.2
8 A. Ashley (Sr) 8 35 4.4 1.0
9 D. Mincey (So) 8 59 7.4 2.0
10 R. Powell (Sr) 8 17 2.1 1.0
11 J. Myers (So) 2 1 0.5
15 T. Heath (So) 8 16 2.0 3.0
17 J. Smith (Fr) 6 11 1.8
22 S. Legrant (Fr) 4 1 0.3
24 O. Robinson (Fr) 4 3 0.8
25 S. Gaffney (So) 4 7 1.8 1.0
30 B. Usher (So) 8 39 4.9 9.0
32 B. Stanley (Fr) 4 5 1.3
33 D. Harris (Fr) 3 3 1.0
42 D. Malone (So) 6 16 2.7 4.0
52 C. Braddock (So) 7 13 1.9 3.0
57 H. Smith (So) 6 2 0.3 1.0
64 C. Miller (Jr) 5 2 0.4
66 R. Kent (So) 8 32 4.0 3.0
78 T. Wiggins (Sr) 5 3 0.6 1.0
79 A. Brown (Jr) 6 2 0.3

Sacks

GP Sacks Ydl S/G Hurs
Season Totals 8 6.0 44 0.8 11
1 C. Hartley (Jr) 8 1.0 6 0.1 7
17 J. Smith (Fr) 6 1
30 B. Usher (So) 8 4.0 27 0.5 2
42 D. Malone (So) 6 1.0 11 0.2
66 R. Kent (So) 8 1

Scoring by quarters

1 2 3 4 Total
Toombs County 27 71 69 28 201 (25.1)
Opponents 52 42 43 28 168 (21.0)

 

Past Toombs County/Jeff Davis Games

2017

Bulldogs win another first half before taking down the Yellow Jackets 38-14

2016

A perfect homecoming night- Dawgs win 49-0 and Catherine Domingo and Divoria Gaffney take the crowns at half

2013 Season

Bulldogs score early & then often in the Pit

Jamar Smith scored the first four touchdowns and his backup Javon Edwards the last two and in between tight end Eric Hester tallied his first career TD as the Toombs County Bulldogs beat Jeff Davis 47-8 in the Pit for their first Region 2 victory of the season. Smith ran for 251 yards on 24 carries averaging 10.1 yards per carry. Smith’s four touchdowns tied his career high (Long County in 2012 and the triple OT loss to Bryan County this season). Jamar has run for 949 yards through five games and he is averaging 189 yards per game and 7.5 per carry with 12 touchdowns. the Dawgs rushed for a season-high 341 yards against the Yellow Jackets. The Bulldogs stopped a three game losing streak and ran their record to 2-3 overall and 1-3 in the region.

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The Bulldogs seemed determined to score their first opening quarter points of the season. They took the ball after winning the coin flip. However, they fumbled and JD recovered In the final minute of the first quarter, the Toombs defense stopped the Jackets and the Dawgs loaded up the line with all 11 players and forced a punt that wound up netting negative yardage. The Bulldogs took over at the JD 10 and then Smith ran the ball in from there with 1:09 to play in the first quarter. An Oswaldo Guzman PAT made it 7-0.

Smith scored the Bulldogs second touchdown on a 28-yard run into the north end zone with 3:22 to go in the second quarter and it looked like the they were going to take a 14-0 lead into the half. However, in the final 10 second Toombs was punting and a high snap went into the end zone and Brandon Dowd was force to nudge it out of play for a two-point safety.

Special teams helped the Bulldogs score three quick touchdowns on three Jeff Davis turnovers starting off the second half. Guzman twice kicked the ball high and short and the Yellow Jackets fumbled the ball and the Dawgs recovered the loose pigskin and JD fumbled on the first play of another possession and TCHS recovered. Through their first four games the Bulldogs had only forced thre turnovers- two fumbles and an interception. In this game JD lost four fumbles.

Smith scored on a five-yard run 31 second into the third period and then scooted 24-yards for six with 9:49 to play in the quarter. Hester finished a short Bulldog drive with 7:05 left in the third and suddenly Toombs had a 35-2 lead.

Edwards added a one-yard run with 28 seconds left in the third quarter and a 12-yard run halfway through the fourth quarter. Justin Kight scored the Yellow Jackets only touchdown in the final two minutes of a running clock fourth quarter.

2012 Season

Dawgs roll up 41 in 3rd shutout win

The first two minutes of the Toombs County Bulldogs Region 2 game at Jeff Davis set the tone for the next 46 minutes. Bulldog junior defensive back Chris Mobley picked off a pass at the Yellow Jacket 45-yard line and then sophomore tailback Jamar Smith ran 43-yards, down a wide open right side of the field, for the first of his three straight touchdowns in a 41-0 victory. Jamar also scored on a 12-yard run on fourth down with 1:47 to play in the first quarter and on a 39-yard effort with 11:31 left in the second quarter.

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Mark Terrell scored two touchdowns. His first, a 24-yard run with 8:18 to play in the second quarter, gave Toombs a 28-0 halftime lead. Terrell scored the first TD of the second half on a two-yard sweep. Ben Brantley scored on a fourth down keeper from two-yards out to end the Bulldog scoring with 8:46 left in the game.

The Yellow Jackets best chance to score was set up by the Bulldogs only turnover. Brantley and Smith collided on a handoff and the Yellow Jackets scooped up the loose ball in the red zone at the TCHS 18. However, the Dawgs were determined to preserve their third shutout of the season. Tomond Hampton, who played a limited amount of plays on defense, broke through and sacked the quarterback on fourth down to end the threat.