The Toombs County Bulldogs and the Dublin Irish have played eight times and all of those games have been regular season match ups. Either early in the season, when the teams have been in different regions, or they have been played during the region schedule. So, on Friday, November 9 the schools separated by 48 miles will meet for the first time in the GHSA State Playoffs. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. in the Shamrock Bowl in Dublin. Y-101 and Mixlr’s coverage will begin at 7 p.m. Toombs County Football Page
The Bulldogs have never beaten the Irish. They have lost four games in the Pit and four games in the Bowl. The closest score was 21-14 in 2009 in Dublin. Lyons Senior High played Dublin twice and lost both times in 1933 and 1948 according to the Georgia High School Football Historians.
Bulldog head coach Richie Marsh is the first Toombs County or Lyons coach to take his team to the playoffs in each of his first three years. The Dawgs went 6-5 in his first year and lost in the first round of state at Screven County 35-9. Last season the 10-2 Bulldogs came back and defeated Fitzgerald 34-31 in the opening round before losing at Screven County 34-20.
Coach Marsh’s playoff record at Thomasville and Toombs County is 7-8. Marsh is 0-1 versus Dublin. In 2008 Thomasville lost a 21-14 second round playoff game at Dublin.
Bulldog coach Richie Marsh talks about Demetrius, Swainsboro and the Dublin Irish
Toombs County senior Demetrius Owens was injured late in the Swainsboro game. He was kneed in the head and as a precaution was transported to Meadows Regional Hospital in Vidalia and then to Memorial Hospital in Savannah. Demetrius had a MRI which was clear and he was released from the hospital on Saturday. “He’s doing well,” head coach Richie Marsh said. “We are so blessed that he is because it doesn’t always work out that way. There were so many people praying for him. It was so awesome. It was just good to see people had a good heart about it.”
Last week in a senior salute Marsh said this about Demetrius. ” He is the breath of our team, he is the energy. He is so unselfish in what he is willing to do for his team. It is all about the team with him.” Demetrius will not play against Dublin. “What has effected us in practice is he is a lot of our energy in practice. He always starts practice off. So, it has effected us at practice. It has caused some others to have to step up and it has kind of been by committee. I would love it if someone would take ownership with that and that’s the plan. If we can continue to try and make this thing last. With that being said, it seems like all year long someone has for whatever reason, you go into the next game and one of your key players is not there. With that we have had guys that have had to play other roles and step up and every time we have had something like that happen we have had a guy that walked into another position, stepped up in that position. Someone has stepped up every time this year when we have needed them especially when a key player went out.”
Owens contributes on offense, defense and special teams. He is the second leading rusher with 515 yards on 114 carries (4.5 per carry) and has scored seven touchdowns. On defense he is one of the best one-on-one tacklers and he has averaged 5.8 tackles per game with six TFL’s. How will the Bulldogs replace such a valuable player? “Silas (Legrant) will help (D.J.) Mincey out, but Mincey is going to be really tired after this one.” Legrant is a freshman who has rushed for 99 yards on 14 carries (7.1). He actually has the longest run from scrimmage for the varsity- a 61-yard run against Twiggs County in the fourth quarter in week one. He scored two rushing touchdowns in 16-14 B-team win over Tattnall County.
Last Friday in a 21-20 home loss to Swainsboro, the Bulldogs became the first Region 2 team to score an offensive touchdown against the region champs and the first region team to score multiple touchdowns against the Tigers as they rallied from a 7-0, 14-7 and 21-14 deficit and nearly won the game. “From the first play from scrimmage, grading the video, a lot of coaches talk about what is good standing on the sideline and then they watch the video and a lot of times there is a discrepancy there. When we turned the video on in this game there was no discrepancy. That was clearly the best game we have played this year. Swainsboro played well, but we were doing things that you really want to see out of a football team. Things that are hard to get out of everybody as far as execution. You turn the wide copy on and the defense and people were putting their foot on the ground and taking good angles on the football. Offensively, we were executing some of our blocks and running plays that we had trouble with. On special teams there were no major breakdowns there. I would love to have the kickoff back that they returned on one of the drives that they scored on. For the most part we tried to execute and the effort was phenomenal. We liked to have that game won in game ten. This kids are going out in practice everyday and trying to find a way to get better. That is all you can ask for as a coach. We were very pleased as a coaching staff with what went on in the field. As far as the scoreboard we were still one-point short. With that being said it gives us a lot of hope going into game eleven.”
The Bulldogs scored their final touchdown on a 20-yard run by Mincey with 59 seconds remaining in the game. That cut the Swainsboro lead to 21-20. The Dawgs elected to go for two and a pass to blocking back Caleb Harley was knocked away at the last moment by a Tiger defender. This all happened minutes after Owens had left Booster Stadium in an ambulance. “We had talked about it on the sideline with all that with Demetrius and the emotions that are on the sideline. The way that some our players were handling that and the look that I saw in their eye, we knew that once we scored we were going for two and try to finish that thing. We had a play that we practiced all year long. Not just all week, but all year and that particular play you always have a couple of those and that was one we really liked. It didn’t happen and that is on me. That’s a call you make and sometimes you are the hero and sometimes you are the goat. It didn’t work in that situation and I happened to be the goat on that one. If I had to do it all over again. I would have done it 10-out-of-10 times.”
So, now the 5-5 Bulldogs move on to the playoffs as the number four seed out of Region 2 and they are matched up against Region 3 champion Dublin. Coach Marsh hasn’t played Dublin since 2008 when he was at Thomasville and yet this Irish team is very similar to that one. Just like in 2018, the 2008 Irish went 9-1 during the regular season. The only loss was in a non region game at Laney, 21-11.
Ten years ago Rashard Smith was the Dublin’s starting quarterback and also a defensive back. In a 41-6 win over Toombs County, in the Pit, Smith scored on runs of 12, 20 and 25-yards and he tossed TD passes of 39-yards to fullback Michael Coffey and 23-yards to Chris Smith. Rashard was a two-way player at North Carolina State. As a wide receiver he caught 69 passes and scored eight TD’s in his career. He also ran for 121-yards one season and on defense he had 30 tackles and one sack in his career. He also returned a punt for 87-yards for a touchdown against Central Michigan.
Dublin’s current starting quarterback, Rodriquez Martin, is a running and throwing threat who can pick off passes as a defensive back. Of course Dublin, under head coach Roger Holmes (17th season, 145-57-1 with one state championships), still runs the wing. “First Roger Holmes is a phenomenal coach,” Marsh said. “He has been there a long time. He has done a really good job and they are very, very, very sound. To play them and to have a chance to beat them things have got to bounce your way. I have always believed by playing hard sometimes things will bounce your way. You have just got to show great effort and when you do that those things will happen. Playing a Dublin team you better be able to execute because they do so well. He knows what he wants to do as a coach. They have been doing the same thing over and over and over. They are a really good football team right now. They have got a lot of wins under their belt. They haven’t lost since Brooks County early in the season. It is going to take a better effort Friday night to go over there and beat a team like that. That is what I love so much about this team that they continue to try to find a way to get better.”
Senior fullback Jermaine Cooley (#21 6-2 215) was in beast mode in Dublin’s win at Washington County. He rushed for 229 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries. “He rushed for over 200 yards in that WACO game. They have so many players that are really good. They are a team that is made up of a lot of really good players. There is no way you can key on just one guy. Obviously, when they had Rashard Smith if you didn’t stop him you were going to lose. This quarterback is really good and Cooley is a big kid too. So, were are just going to have to execute a complete game plan. That is just the bottom line. It is going to have to be a true South Georgia football game for us to be in the game and to have a chance to win it in the fourth quarter.”
Dublin has a knack for setting themselves up with a short field either with a big defensive play or on special teams. The Irish kicker is always a good bet to kick the ball into the end zone giving the opponent the ball at their 20-yard line. “That is because they are so well coached in my opinion. They have a really good kicking game and they are just sound in the fundamentals that you have to be good on special teams. When you are great on special teams it gives you a lot of short fields and their defense is so stout. If you get the ball in your own territory and you are not able to drive with any consistency then you are going to be punting. That’s why they have so many short fields.”
The Bulldogs have run for 1404 yards and passed for 1410 this season. The Dublin defense can disrupt a passing game with pressure on the quarterback. “They have those two ends and they come off the football. Man, do they come off the football and with that being said they get up the field quick. If you are not getting set they are going to be in the quarterbacks face today.”
Toombs County’s 2018 senior class is the first to make the playoffs three years in a row since the 2008 team did it and coach Marsh is the first Toombs County or Lyons coach to take his team to the playoffs in each of his first three years on the job. “We are blessed. There are a lot of people pulling together to make that happen. I just pray that we continue to pull together and try to get these kids the best advantage to go out and get better. Toombs County is really doing that right now and I am blessed to be a part of it.”
Dublin is the Region 3 champion with a 9-1 record. The Irish’s first region championship since 2011. Dublin’s only loss was 13-10 at home to Brooks County.
8/17 Dublin 42, ECI 7 (home)
8/25 Dublin 55, Tattnall Square Academy 0 (Mercer University)
8/31 Dublin 20, Swainsboro 13 (away)
9/14 Brooks County 13, Dublin 10 (home)
9/21 Dublin 63, East Laurens 0 (home) Region
9/28 Dublin 46, Bleckley County 15 (away) Region
10/5 Dublin 34, Dodge County 10 (home) Region
10/12 Dublin 48, Southwest 0 (away) Region
10/19 Dublin 35, Northeast 3 (away) Region
11/2 Dublin 28, Washington County 10 (away) Region
Dublin 28, Washington County 10 on November 2 in Sandersville
The Irish take the Region 3 title with a dominating second half performance
The Dublin Irish defense stopped WACO on three plays to open the game which set the offense up with a short field. The Irish drove 48-yards in six plays. They escaped a third down and 18 with a shovel pass which gained 11-yards and a 30-yard TD pass on fourth down and seven. Senior quarterback Rodriquez Martin (#10 5-10 156) connected with junior wide receiver Romello Height (#3 6-5 210) for six. The Irish lined up for the extra point, but wound up going for two. A slightly high snap went through the Martin’s hands and the holder/QB scooped up the ball and threw to a diving receiver who was unable to snag the pass.
The Irish kicked the ball through the end zone and on the first play from scrimmage Washington County broke a big play- an 80-yard touchdown. Once the back crossed the 32-yard line there was nobody to beat and three Irish defenders chased the whole way. The PAT was good giving WACO a 7-6 first quarter lead.
On their second possession the Irish went three and out. On WACO’s third play Martin intercepted a long pass at the Dublin 39 and returned it 27-yards to the WACO 34. Two negative running plays and an incomplete pass forced the Irish to punt. On the first play the Golden Hawks fumbled and Dublin came up with the ball at the WACO 31.
Once again the Irish didn’t take advantage of the short field and on fourth down they started the second quarter with a punt into the end zone. On third down and six Martin, a safety, intercepted a second pass at the 50.
On first down Jermaine Cooley gained 15-yards on a run in which he dragged a handful of Hawks about 10-yards. The Irish drove the ball down to the 10-yard line, but on third and five they were penalized five-yards and on fourth down senior place kicker Shemar Dollar (#45) missed a 27-yard field goal from the left hash.
WACO opened it’s second, second quarter drive traveling 37-yards and then picked up a first down on a fourth and three run from the Irish 34. The Hawks drove down to 17 and kicked a 34-yard field goal to take a 10-6 lead.
Senior Tyler Strickland (#6 5-11 165) fumbled the kickoff at the 12 and then scooped up the ball and ran it down the Irish sideline 52-yards to the WACO 33. Hard to believe but the Irish didn’t score on this short field either. Martin threw an interception giving Washington County the ball at it’s 16 just seconds before halftime.
Dublin came out in the second half highly motivated on offense. The Irish shredded the WACO defense on an eight play, 80-yard drive. Cooley ran the final 10-yards for the touchdown. The extra point put the Irish up for good at 13-10 in the third quarter.
The Irish defense stepped up with a three and out stop which included a sack on third down. After the punt Dublin started at it’s 49. Martin ran for a first down on third and four and then on the fourth play of the 51-yard drive he faked a handoff and ran for a 38-yard touchdown. The extra point increased the Dublin lead to 20-10 still in the third quarter.
Dublin started an early fourth quarter drive at it’s 20. On a third and four Dublin earned a first down on a pitch play. On the next play Cooley ran for 39-yards and two plays later he ran for 24-yards and the final TD of the game. He made a Golden Hawk miss at the 10 and then he leaped over the same player near the goal line. Cooley rushed for 229 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries.
Brooks County 13, Dublin 10 on September 14 in Dublin
Brooks County scores late to beat the Irish
After a scoreless opening quarter, Brooks County recovered a Dublin fumble at the Irish 28 and scored on a 15-yard pass into the left corner of the end zone. With 7:04 to play in the second quarter Brooks led 7-0.
The Irish started their next drive at their thirty and eventually lost another fumble at their 46. Brooks hit on a deep ball pass on first down gaining 27-yards. The Trojans were penalized kicking a 37-yard field goal and then they threw an incomplete pass on fourth down and 22.
Dublin opened the second half taking advantage of a short field. The Irish drove 45-yards converting on a fourth and two and scored on a perfect throw by quarterback Rodriquez Martin. The senior fired a 27-yard pass into the left corner of the end zone and with the PAT the game was tied at 7-all with 7:08 to play in the third quarter.
The Irish drove the ball from their 39-yard line into the red zone. However, that is where the Trojans tightened up. On first and goal from the three Dublin ran three plays that netted one-yard and Shernar Dollar kicked a 19-yard field goal on fourth down to take a 10-7 lead with 5:32 to play in the game.
Dublin’s defense forced a Trojan punt with less than four minutes to play in the game. The Irish return man touched the ball and Brooks County recovered at the Irish 32. The Trojans ran the ball 25-yards down to the seven-yard line with 2:30 to play. On third and goal, from the three-yard line, senior quarterback Jacolby Brown faked a handoff and then ran the ball to his right and to the pylon to score the game-winning touchdown. The extra point was no good giving Brooks County a 13-10 with 1:19 to play.
The Irish started their last chance possession at their 45. The gained five-yards on an offsides penalty because the Trojans plan was to rush the passer. Brooks sacked Martin twice to end the game and give Dublin it’s only loss of the regular season.
Dublin 20, Swainsboro 13 on August 31 at Swainsboro
The Irish hold off Swainsboro by a TD
Dublin quarterback Rodriquez Martin fumbled the ball on a fake handoff and Swainsboro recovered at it’s 40 and drove down field and kicked a first quarter 22-yard field goal to take a 3-0 lead.
A 50-yard kick off return set the Irish up at the Tiger 35. Dublin drove the short field and scored on a one-yard keeper by Martin.The Irish missed the PAT to take a 6-3 lead. Swainsboro came back and scored on a 16-yard TD pass from quarterback Kade Youmans and the Tigers were back on top 10-6.
Dublin drove 86-yards for a TD in the third quarter and with the extra point the Irish had their second lead at 13-10. The Irish started a 51-yard scoring drive late in the third quarter and finished it with a nine-yard run by Martin in the fourth quarter as Dublin increased it’s advantage to 20-10.
Swainsboro drove down to the Irish six-yard line and on fourth down kicked a 23-yard field goal to cut the Irish lead to 20-13.
Dublin recovered an onside kick and moved the ball down to the Tiger three-yard line when the game ended.
Toombs County Bulldog Official Statistics after 10 games
D.J. Mincey 105 carries, 689 yards (6.6) 12 TD’s Long 40
Demetrius Owens 114 carries, 515 yards (4.5) 7 TD’s Long 26
Trey Cloud 38 carries, 115 yards (3.0) 1 TD Long 22
Silas LeGrant 14 carries, 99 yards (7.1) Long 61
Tyler Smith 3 carries, 30 yards (10.0) Long 14
Caleb Harley 1 carry, 2 yards
Ashlee Ashley 2 carries, 6 yards Long 5
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 285 carries, 1404 yards (4.9) 20 TD’s
Trey Cloud 91-for-192 (47.4%) for 1410 yards 10 TD’s and 5 interceptions
Chandler Lynn 47 catches for 814 yards (17.3) Long 52 and 4 TD’s
Cole Graham 9 catches for 158 yards (17.6) Long 39 and 2 TD’s
Ashlee Ashley 14 catches for 150 yards (10.7) Long 32 and 1 TD
Raekwon Powell 10 catches for 152 yards (15.0) Long 44 and 1 TD
Tyquan Toby 3 catches for 59 yards (19.7) 1 TD
Tyler Smith 2 catches for 44 yards Long 37
J.D. Myers 1 catch for 11 yards and a TD
Demetrius Owens 2 catches for -6 yards
Cole Graham 22 for 711 yards (32.3) Long 47 6 inside the 20
Chandler Lynn 14 punts for 440 yards (31.4) Long 43 2 inside the 20
Rafael Perez 29-for-32 PAT (90.6%) 0-3 FG missed 29-yards, 27-yards, 27-yards
Caleb Hartley 0-for-1 FG missed 43 yards
|1||C. Hartley (Jr)||10||106||10.6||10.0|
|2||T. Smith (Jr)||9||37||4.1||3.0|
|3||C. Lynn (So)||10||77||7.7||2.0|
|4||M. Merrion (Jr)||4||3||0.8|
|5||D. Owens (Sr)||10||58||5.8||6.0|
|6||K. Cortez (Fr)||8||7||0.9|
|8||A. Ashley (Sr)||9||43||4.8||1.0|
|9||D. Mincey (So)||10||63||6.3||2.0|
|10||R. Powell (Sr)||9||17||1.9||1.0|
|11||J. Myers (So)||2||1||0.5|
|15||T. Heath (So)||10||21||2.1||3.0|
|17||J. Smith (Fr)||7||13||1.9|
|22||S. Legrant (Fr)||4||1||0.3|
|24||O. Robinson (Fr)||4||3||0.8|
|25||S. Gaffney (So)||5||8||1.6||1.0|
|30||B. Usher (So)||10||50||5.0||13.0|
|32||B. Stanley (Fr)||5||6||1.2|
|33||D. Harris (Fr)||3||3||1.0|
|42||D. Malone (So)||7||18||2.6||4.0|
|52||C. Braddock (So)||9||21||2.3||4.0|
|57||H. Smith (So)||6||2||0.3||1.0|
|64||C. Miller (Jr)||6||3||0.5|
|66||R. Kent (So)||10||34||3.4||4.0|
|78||T. Wiggins (Sr)||6||6||1.0||1.0|
|79||A. Brown (Jr)||7||2||0.3|
|1||C. Hartley (Jr)||10||1.0||6||0.1||7|
|17||J. Smith (Fr)||7||1|
|30||B. Usher (So)||10||5.0||44||0.5||5|
|42||D. Malone (So)||7||1.0||11||0.1|
|66||R. Kent (So)||10|
Scoring by quarters
|Toombs County||27||92||76||34||235 (23.5)|
Past Toombs County/Dublin Games
2011- Dublin speeds away in second half
Tomond is Y-101 Player of the Game
Despite a fabulous start to the 2011 Toombs County Bulldog football season- a 76-yard scoring drive- top 10 ranked Dublin broke open a close game with four big plays to win 50-16 win in the Pit. Leading 15-8 late in the second quarter Irish defensive back Brandon Coney intercepted a pass and ran it 44-yards for a touchdown with 28 seconds remaining in the half to give Dublin a 21-8 halftime advantage. The Irish then scored on three long pass plays in the third quarter to put the game away. The Irish receivers each caught short passes and then used their speed to break away from the Toombs defense.
The Bulldogs opened up the season with a first down pass from James Ehtredge to a leaping Michael Sulton and then the sophomore quarterback threw another first down pass to Chris Mobley, who also jumped to make his first varsity reception. That snag took the Bulldogs in to Dublin territory and from there the Bulldogs were able to run it down to the one-yard line where Ethredge ended the possession with a keeper. The six minute and fifty-nine second drive and a two-point run by Kelo Bagley put TCHS up 8-0 with 5:01 to play in the first quarter.
Dublin countered with a 89-yard scoring drive on its first possession to tie the game at 8-all with a two-point conversion with five seconds to play in the first quarter. The Bulldogs fumbled at their 14 yard-line on their next possession and Dublin turned that in to six points on a two-yard keeper by quarterback Rob East.
The Bulldogs faked a punt in the second quarter and Jamar Smith picked up a big first down on a run down the TCHS sideline. The Dawgs scored their only TD in the second half on special teams. Sulton returned a Dublin kickoff 87-yards for his first varsity touchdown. The sophomore turned on his jets down the Irish sideline and made a move that made a Dublin defender not only miss, but also fall down to the turf. Bagley added his second two-point conversion. The touchdown stopped a Dublin run of 36 straight points and made the score 36-16.
2010- Deja vu- The Irish pull away in the 2nd half
Been there, done that. Since the 2007 season the Toombs County Bulldogs have now made three trips to Dublin’s Shamrock Bowl and the result has been the same. The Bulldogs are in the game at half and then suddenly in the second half the Irish always seem to break away and win. Dublin did it again with a 35-19 victory.
After Dublin scored on a 51-yard pass play on a Rob East throw to Cedric O’Neal with 3:11 to play in the first quarter, the Bulldogs struck with a big play less than two minutes later- a 61-yard pass from Ryan Davis to Malcolm Burley. Burley ran the final 50-yards with the Irish chasing.
The Bulldogs’ aggressive defense controlled the first half as “The Crew” made 11 tackles behind the line of scrimmage. Toombs County’s D put the Dawgs up 13-7 when Kelo Bagley intercepted a pass and returned it 35-yards for a touchdown with 5:18 to play in the second quarter. The snap on the PAT was bad and the Bulldogs try for two was unsuccessful.
Both teams fumbled and lost the ball late in the first half and the Irish scored after recovering a TCHS fumble at the Bulldog 35. Donovan McCloud’s TD run put Dublin up 14-13 at half.
The Irish opened the second half, just like they did in 2009, with a long kick off return. McCloud ran it back 95-yards to give Dublin a 21-13 lead. The Irish built up a 35-13 lead on touchdown runs by Maurice Martin (51-yards) and O’Neal. Toombs scored a TD with no time left on the clock when Dublin botched a punt snap and Bulldog defensive tackle Kenneth McClendon ran the ball in for six.
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2009- Close, but Bulldogs miss getting first Shamrock win
In a game with big plays and numerous penalties, the Toombs County Bulldogs came up a touchdown short of becoming the first team from Lyons to beat Dublin on the grid iron. The Irish scored two touchdowns in a span of less than five minutes, at the start of the third quarter, to pull out a 21-14 win in their Shamrock Bowl.
C.J. Scott opened and closed the Bulldogs’ scoring with two long, sensational runs. The senior tailback began the game by running 80-yards for a touchdown on the first play from scrimmage to give the Bulldogs a 7-0 lead, just 20-seconds into the Region 3 match up. C.J. took a Berry Aldridge handoff and found an opening on the right side of the Bulldog offensive line. Then he made a cut to his left, 20-yards up field, and he was gone. Matthew Tanner, who was on crutches earlier in the week with an injured ankle, kicked the extra point.
Dublin turned the ball over twice in the first quarter. The Bulldogs recovered the first fumble at the Irish 41-yard line. However, on the first play, Donovan McCloud intercepted a pass intended for Javec King. The Irish fumbled it back to the Bulldogs at the TCHS 27.
On Dublin’s second possession the Bulldogs thought they had recovered a third Irish fumble, but a scrambling (quarterback) Rob East was ruled by the officials to be down at the Bulldog 49. From there the Irish drove into the red zone and Nick Glenn finished the drive with a 16-yard touchdown run. The PAT tied the game at 7 with 2:46 remaining in the opening quarter.
The game’s next touchdown was scored by Dublin on the second half kickoff. Jesus Machado kicked the ball deep into the right corner. Cedric O’Neal caught it at the four-yard line and then moved around the Bulldogs’ coverage and ran 96-yards give Dublin a 14-7 lead, just 17-seconds into the third quarter. The Bulldogs went three and out on their first second half possession and O’Neal returned a punt down to the TCHS 38. East ended the drive by tossing his third touchdown pass of the season. The 13-yard completion to McCloud in the left corner of the end zone gave Dublin a 21-7 lead with 7:57 to play in the third quarter.
A little more than two minutes later Scott dazzled the Shamrock Bowl with a 67-yard touchdown run. He broke free a the Bulldog 45 and then with his legs churning C.J. pulled away from the Irish defense and ran down the right sideline, in front of the Bulldog fans, and scored to cut the Dublin lead to 21-14 with 5:50 to play in the third quarter.
Dublin controlled the field position in the fourth quarter, so the Bulldogs were constantly beginning drives deep on their side. With the victory Dublin improves to 4-0 and the Bulldogs drop to 2-3.
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2008-Smith conjures up five TD’s in Irish win
Senior quarterback Rashard Smith was at his best rushing for three touchdowns and throwing for two more as the Dublin Irish beat the Toombs County Bulldogs 41-6 in the Pit in Lyons. Smith scored on runs of 12, 20 and 25 yards and he tossed TD passes of 39 yards to fullback Michael Coffey and 23 yards to Chris Smith.
The Bulldogs had to play this game without starting quarterback C.J. Scott who suffered back spasms during warm ups. Toombs started off the game with Demery Hawkins at quarterback and the Bulldogs emphasized their running game. T.J. Smarts and Jordon Thigpen also played the quarterback position. Kevin Dennard scored Toombs County’s only touchdown on a seven-yard run midway through the fourth quarter. Dublin led 14-0 after the first quarter and 28-0 at half.
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2007- Big plays push the Irish past the Bulldogs
A series of big plays helped the Dublin Irish beat the Toombs County Bulldogs 20-3 in the Shamrock Bowl in Dublin. Irish quarterback Rashard Smith, who was bottled up for most of the first half, broke free for a big run that set Dublin up for a game-tying 32-yard field goal by Briceton Cannada with no time left in the first half. Then in a three-minute span of the second half the Irish made two more big plays to break away to a two touchdown lead. A long run by Andreakeas Rollins was followed by an eight-yard touchdown run by the senior back with ten seconds to play in the third quarter that gave the Irish a 10-3 lead. A Dublin interception set up Johnny Reid’s 47-yard touchdown run that increased the Irish lead to 17-3 with 10:41 to play in the game. Cannady ended the scoring with a 44-yard field goal with 8:18 to go.
Toombs County opened the game with 69-yard drive that ended when Matthew Tanner kicked a 28-yard field goal from a severe angle which put the Bulldogs up 3-0. Toombs County controlled the opening half, running 29 plays to Dublin’s 17 and out-gaining the Irish 151 yards to 96. The Bulldogs also had the advantage in time of possession 16:27 to 7:33. However, four holding penalties hampered the Bulldogs’ ability to punch the ball into the end zone.
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