The 33rd meeting between the Toombs County Bulldogs and the Vidalia Indians began with the Indians driving 99 yards on their first possession to take a 7-0 lead and ended with Vidalia killing the fourth quarter clock and holding on to a 17-14 victory at Buck Cravey Field. Y-101 ply-by-play
The Indians pushed their record to 6-1 overall and 3-0 in Region 2 while the Bulldogs dropped to 5-2 and 2-2.
The game opened with Toombs County’s Julian Marion-Vitale kicking the ball to the right corner near the pylon and it was touched by an Indian and went out of bounds at the 1-yard line.
The Indians reeled off first down after first down on a 14-play drive and then once they passed the midfield stripe sophomore quarterback Bryce Davis threw a 42-yard pass to Antrevion Williams. The Brennon Dooley PAT put Vidalia up 7-0 and the long drive ate up 9:50 seconds of the first quarter clock.
“Both teams battled to the end,” junior strong safety Chandler Lynn said. “We missed some opportunities we could have taken advantage of and in the end they came out on top. We have got to work to get better next week.”
Lynn added that the 99-yard Vidalia drive was tough on the Bulldog defense. “At first it was tearing us down, but our defense is taught to stay 10 toes down and battle back and not let them into the corner and we fought the rest of the game.”
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The Bulldogs put together a six play, 49-yard scoring drive in the second quarter with D.J. Mincey scoring on a 22-yard run. Marion-Vitale’s extra point tied the game at 7-7 with 5:10 to play in the second quarter.
“I just had to break through the secondary and just go,” Mincey said after carrying the ball 24 times for 104 yards. “Coach Dorsey told me to look for the cut backs.”
The Indians regained the lead with 2:12 to play in the first half on a 46-yard field goal by Brennan Dooley which gave Vidalia a 10-7 lead at the break.
Toombs County took its only lead with 7:00 to play in the third quarter. Caleb Hartley first carry of the night netted 55-yards as he broke through the line of scrimmage and raced down the Bulldog sideline for his second rushing touchdown of the season. Marion-Vitale’s PAT made it 14-10 Dawgs.
Vidalia scored the game winning touchdown with 1:21 to play in the third quarter on a 3-yard run by Jaedyn Stanley.
The Bulldogs started a fourth quarter drive at their 30-yard line which featured a 29-yard pass from Trey Cloud to Tyler Smith down to the Vidalia 11. The Bulldogs ran the ball down to the 3-yard line and on fourth down they tried to tie the game with a 20-yard field goal from the left hash marks. A well struck ball by Marion-Vitale just missed staying inside the right upright with 6:01 to play.
“There wasn’t much good to come out of this one,” head coach Richie Marsh said. “We didn’t get it done. I didn’t have them prepared to make the plays when we needed to make plays. There were so many opportunities to get off the field at certain times and that didn’t happen and on special teams we need to be able to make it happen and that didn’t happen. We just didn’t get it done tonight.”
Marsh had no quibbles with his team’s effort. “The kids fought for 48 minutes, but we have got to do a better job. I have to do a better job of coaching and they have to keep fighting like that. We have got to put some pieces together and come back next week.”
Of course anytime you lose a close game to your rival after putting so much effort into the preparation for the big game and giving so much on the field of play there is a sense of disappointment which you have to overcome. “There is going to be disappointment. There are no if, ands or buts about it,” Marsh said. “This game is going to hurt. We lost. There are feelings and emotions that come with that and that is the way it is going to be. We have to fight back. We have to be men of character and fight back.”
The Bulldogs have two remaining region games- at home against Jeff Davis on October 25 and after an off week at Swainsboro on November 8.
In other region action Swainsboro shutout Bryan County 55-0 and Metter defeated Bacon County 31-12.
Region 2 Standings
Jeff Davis 2-1
Toombs County 2-2
Bacon County 0-4
Bryan County 0-4
|Comp||Att||Yds||C %||Avg||TD||Int||Lng||QB Rate|
|12||Trey Cloud (Sr)||6||8||53||.750||8.8||92.2|
|1||Caleb Hartley (Sr)||2||60||30.0||55||1|
|3||Chandler Lynn (Jr)||1||8||8.0||8|
|9||Derrick Mincey (Jr)||24||104||4.3||22||1|
|12||Trey Cloud (Sr)||2||10||5.0||6|
|2||Tyler Smith (Sr)||2||36||18.0||29|
|9||Derrick Mincey (Jr)||1||4||4.0||4|
|18||Gage Herndon (So)||2||9||4.5||5|
|24||O. Roberts (So)||1||4||4.0||4|
|1||Caleb Hartley (Sr)||11|
|2||Tyler Smith (Sr)||11|
|3||Chandler Lynn (Jr)||2|
|4||Me’elle Merrion (Sr)||1||1.0|
|9||Derrick Mincey (Jr)||1||1.0|
|11||Drekari Jones (Sr)||2|
|15||Tyler Heath (Jr)||3|
|17||Josiah Smith (So)||8|
|18||Gage Herndon (So)||3|
|23||Blake Hall (Jr)||4|
|24||O. Roberts (So)||3|
|25||Shauqae Gaffney (Sr)||4||1.0|
|30||Brannon Usher (Jr)||1||1.0|
|32||Tank Morris (Fr)||9|
|55||Dawson Malone (Jr)||1|
|66||Robert Kent (Jr)||2|
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