Coming off their first loss of the season (14-3 to Metter in the Pit) the Toombs County Bulldogs are seeking to bounce back in their second Region 2 game at Bacon County on Friday at 7:30 p.m. on Y-101 Radio and streamed on Mixlr.
The Bulldogs are 3-1 and 0-1 in Region 2 and the Raiders are 0-5 and 0-1. Bacon opened up region play with a 56-13 at Jeff Davis. The Raiders scored their first touchdown on a seven-play 80-yard drive. Junior quarterback Terriyon Moore ran 18-yards for the TD. The 6-2, 220 pounder carried the ball nine times for 47-yards. Bacon ran for a total of 175 yards against the Yellow Jackets and the Raiders threw for 25.
Bacon tried an onside kick after the TD and the Jackets recovered the ball at the 45 and scored on an eight-play 55-yard drive. Jeff Davis also scored on a 75-yard drive in the first quarter.
In the second quarter JD put together a 55-yard drive which featured a 46-yard pass completion and a 2-yard touchdown run.
Bacon went for a first down on fourth down and one at the Raider 29 and a running play failed to pick up the yard. Jeff Davis took over and scored on the first play on a 29-yard run.
After a three and out offensive series the Raiders were forced to punt from the back of the end zone and the ball wound up at the Raider 9. Jeff Davis scored on the next play on a running call. The Yellow Jackets drove 50-yards and scored on a 1-yard run on their next possession.
Bacon scored its final TD on a 74-yard drive. Moore completed a 16-yard pass for a first down and then was sacked for a 1-yard loss. A short pass turned into a bigger gain thanks to a JD penalty which moved the ball to Yellow Jacket 46 and on the next play the call was for a jet sweep and the Raiders scored on a 46-yard run.
In their other four games Bacon opened up with a 46-3 loss at Fitzgerald, lost at home to Pierce County 50-0, played a competitive game at Berrien County before losing 44-26 and the Raiders lost to Telfair 42-10 in Alma,
Bacon County has a new coach this season. Keith Gosse, who last was a head coach at McIntosh County Academy from 2011 through 2013, replaced Kyle Langford in January.
Gosse went 18-15 at the Derrien school leading the Buccaneers to the playoffs his first two seasons. The first season (2011) McIntosh went 4-6 and lost at Fitzgerald 41-14 in the state tourney. McIntosh beat Toombs County that season 14-8 in a muddy Pit.
After losing their first two games in 2012 to Glynn Academy and Vidalia, Gosse’s Bucs won nine games in a row including a 33-12 home victory over Toombs County. In the playoffs McIntosh knocked off East Laurens 27-6 at home before losing 49-21 at Brooks County. In his final season at McIntosh Gosse posted a 5-5 record which included a 27-21 win a Booster Stadium over the Bulldogs.
Gosse has also been an offensive line coach at Brantley County, an offensive coordinator at Appling County and an offensive coordinator at Tift County.
Gosse played played his college ball at Valdosta State. He was an offensive lineman who played on two conference championship teams and one of them went undefeated.
The Bulldogs at practice on Tuesday
Toombs versus Bacon County
The Bulldogs have won 5-of-7 against the Raiders
2013- Bacon County shuts out the Bulldogs
Coming off their triple over time loss to Bryan County, the Toombs County Bulldogs were shutout 18-0 on the road at Bacon County. The 1-2 Dawgs were shut out in the first quarter for the third straight game and they did not have a first down in either one of the odd periods. The Dawgs totaled six first downs and 143 yards of total offense. However, they remained in the game until the Raiders pushed their lead to three scores with 3:56 to play in the fourth quarter. The Bulldog defense allowed 18 first downs and 267 yards of total offense- 249 on the ground.
The Raiders scored their first touchdown on an 82-yard punt return by Tron Folsom. He broke away running down the Raider sideline and scored with 7:35 remaining in the first quarter. The PAT was no good. Another 41-yard punt return by D’Vonta O’Neal set up Bacon for a second touchdown. Quarterback Drell Greene, who ran for 92 yards on 12 carries, raced away for a 25-yard score to make it 12-0. Bacon, which picked up a penalty going for two-points, wound up kicking and missing for one.
Nobody scored in the second quarter although the Bulldogs showed some offensive life picking up several first downs. Chris Mobley opened up the second half with a 35-yard kickoff return that advanced the ball into Raider territory. But, the Bulldogs couldn’t put together a drive against a physical Bacon County defense. Meanwhile, the Dawg “D” kept the Raiders from scoring a third touchdown until late in the fourth quarter when Folsom scored his second touchdown on a 14-yard run to the right pylon.
Jamar Smith, who ran for over 200 yards in his first two games and scored seven touchdowns, was held to 87 yards on 20 carries. His longest run was for 18 yards. Javon Edwards had one run that netted 33 yards. The Bulldogs ran for 132 yards and averaged 4.1 yards per carry.
On defense sophomore linebacker Landon Cowart led the way with one tackle and 14 assists. Senior defensive lineman Eric Hester had four tackles and six assists. Mobley, a senior defensive back, had four tackles and two assists and he recorded the Bulldogs first interception of the season.
2012- Late Bacon TD edges Dawgs 7-6
The only touchdown the Toombs County have allowed in 12 quarters of football led to their first loss of the 2012 season. Dajuan Merritt crossed the goal line on a two-yard run with 33 seconds left in the game and then T.J. Wiley kicked the extra point to give the Raiders a 7-6 win in their second trip into the Pit.
LThe Bulldog defense, “The Crew”, shut out Montgomery County and Bryan County for four full quarters each and that same “D” kept Bacon out of the end zone for 47 minutes and 27 seconds. In total the Dawgs held their first three opponents scoreless for 143 minutes and 27 seconds. Four fourth down stops- two in each half- kept the Raiders from sustaining a scoring dive until the end of the game.
Toombs County took a 6-0 lead with 4:14 remaining in the second quarter on a one-yard run by quarterback Ben Brantley. The Bulldogs drove 89-yards for their touchdown and big chunk of that yardage (39-yards) came on a long run by Demetrius Taylor. The Bulldog PAT drifted off to the left in the north end zone.
Dawgs season ends with 2 mini losses
he Toombs County Bulldogs 2012 season came to an end at Long County with a pair of frustrating mini-game losses- 6-0 to Benedictine and 7-0 in the first overtime to Bacon County. Benedictine will head to the playoffs as the third season from Region 2 and the Cadets will play at Laney while Bacon goes as the fourth seed and the Raiders will travel to Screven County. The Bulldog season ends with a 7-3 record, their first winning season since their Elite 8 run in 2008.
The Bulldogs took the first half kick in the second mini-game and drove down to the Bacon County five-yard line. Quarterback Ben Brantley threw a first down pass to Mark Terrell and Jamar Smith had several effective runs and nearly turned the corner and made it to the end zone. The possession ended on with Raider interception.
In overtime the Raiders had the ball first. Tomond Hampton made a tackle 10-yards behind the line of scrimmage on the first play. However, Bacon recovered and scored on a high throw from quarterback Matt Thrift to Greg Wright in the end zone. The PAT was good.
Toombs County suffered a negative play on it’s only possession of overtime. The Bulldogs season came to an end on an interception near the goal line on a pass nearly caught by Gary Terrell.