Region 2 losses to Metter and Vidalia have put the Toombs County Bulldogs in a position in which they desperately need a home win over Jeff Davis. The Bulldog are 5-2 overall and 2-2 in the region and are in fifth place and only the top four teams make the GHSA State Playoffs.
Jeff Davis is 6-1 overall and 2-1 in the region and is tied for third place with Metter. 3-0 Swainsboro and Vidalia are tied for the lead in Region 2. The Yellow Jackets were off last Friday and after their trip to Booster Stadium they will close out the season at Swainsboro and at home against Metter. The Bulldogs close out the regular season at Swainsboro on November 8 after an off week.
This season Region 2 will matchup against Region 4 in the first round of the playoff. Jefferson leads that region with a 6-0 record and is 6-2 overall. Harlem is in second place with a 5-1 mark and is 5-3. Hephzibah is in third place at 4-2 and 5-2 and Screven County is fourth at 3-2 and 5-2.
Friday night will be Senior Night with Toombs County football players, spirit cheerleaders and band members being honored prior to the game.
Bulldog senior football players- 1st row- Kevin Rosales, Jordan Riner, Me’Elle Marion, Dashunta Parker and KK Gaffney
2nd row- Josh Jackson, Chase Miller, Caleb Hartley, Tyler Smith, Trey Cloud, Drekari Jones and Angel Brown
79- Angel Brown- the starting center. Angel is the Dawg who makes the accurate snaps to quarterback Trey Cloud in the shotgun and holding on PAT’s and field goals.
“My senior season has been pretty great. I came out here and grind with my brothers everyday and on Friday night,” Brown said. “I have been here since my freshman year. All four years with coach Marsh and since then I have never stopped playing.”
12- Trey Cloud- the starting quarterback for the past two seasons. Trey threw five TD passes at Claxton and this season has thrown for 770 yards and for his career 2,311. This season he is completing 65% of his passes. Cloud is a college prospect and has visited many schools, including many in the Ivy League.
“I think it has been a good season,” Cloud said. “We have faced a little bit of adversity, but I think we are ready to finish strong and try to make a deep run in the playoffs.” Trey has improved his completion rate from 48% in 2018 to 65% in 2019. “I worked on foot work during the off season, being more accurate and throwing with my receivers.The receivers are more experienced this year. We have worked together for longer. It is just better chemistry.”
25- KK Gaffney- has been a valuable member of the secondary. He has 20 tackles and caught two balls at Bacon County for 14-yards. He is a good one-on-one tackler who likes to take the opponent down with a low tackle.
“I like the fact I got to play more than last year,” Gaffney said. “There have been a lot of ups and downs. I like the people I am around, like how we push each other, love each other and play for each other.” Gaffney likes to be a play maker at practice and on Friday nights. “Every time I get in I try to make the most of it- hustling, running the ball and do everything I can to show coach I deserve it.”
1- Caleb Hartley- is a starting linebacker who also runs the ball for the Bulldogs. Caleb is a college prospect who had 24 tackles at Metter in his junior season. He is averaging 6 tackles per game this season and has run the ball for 185 yards and is averaging 8 yards per carry. He scored on a 55-yard run at Vidalia.
Hartley transferred from Florida to TCHS prior to his junior season. “It has been amazing,” Caleb said. “I wouldn’t want to do it with anyone other than these guys. I have grown close to everyone in this town and everyone on this team and I wouldn’t want to have it any other way.”
73- Josh Jackson- starts at left guard on the Bulldog offensive line. Josh is a very strong lineman. Back in the spring he squatted 495 pounds three times and cleaned 300 pounds.
“I have come far,” Jackson said after a Tuesday practice. “I have been through a lot. At first I wasn’t playing and I quit a couple of times, but I finally learned and I grew as a man and finally stayed and stuck it out.”
11- Drekari Jones- joined the football team in his senior season and the 6-6 basketball player has made quite a contribution this fall. He leads the team in receptions with 18 catches for 171 yards. He caught a touchdown pass against Twiggs County. Jones also plays cornerback and he has 15 tackles and one interception.
“It has been a total life changing experience,” Jones said about his one season with the football Bulldogs. “It has overall been great even through the tough times. I couldn’t imagine anything better.” On starting on both sides of the ball. “I was surprised. I didn’t think I would be that good. I didn’t think I would start on either side of the ball.”
4- Me’Elle Marion- the Bulldog linebacker has accumulated 25 tackles this season including a season-high 7 versus Hancock Central and Bacon County. Marion had a sack and blocked a punt at Claxton.
Marion’s favorite game was the Bulldogs’ first full regular season game. “The Hancock game I led the team in tackles. It was good because I had my mom and my sister watching me and I wanted to do good for them and impress my teammates. My best play was the punt block against Claxton.”
64- Chase Miller- after coming back from an injury Chase moved from left tackle to right guard. The seniors on the offensive line have helped the Dawgs average 6.2 yards per run and have created a clean pocket for Cloud to throw the football. On defense Chase has 8 tackles.
“There have been some hard days and challenging days,” Miller said. “I just feel it has made everybody become a grown man.” Like all the lineman Chase has spent a lot of time working in the chutes. “Under the chutes the offensive line and the defensive line stay under them so we can keep our pad level low so we can try to be better than others.”
54- Dashunta Parker- has started on the offensive line at left tackle and he has played on defense. Parker was credited for a tackle in the Bryan County game.
“It has been a great season,” Parker said. “I’ve gotten experience at a new position (right tackle) and have been with my brothers that I love.” Dashunta’s favorite game was the Benedictine scrimmage in Booster Stadium. “I came out nervous, but I got a couple of pancake blocks.”
6- Kevyn Rosales- the wide receiver caught a 27-yard touchdown pass in the spring scrimmage game in Savannah. He also caught a TD pass in a B-Team home game against Fitzgerald. For the varsity he caught a 16-yard pass at Bacon County. He also made two tackles at Claxton.
“The reason I came out for football was I always watched it,” Rosales said. “I decided to get off the couch and try out and I actually liked it very well. I like the way I have been able to improve my footwork. My best catch was a one-handed catch in a JV game for a touchdown.”
2- Tyler Smith- is the starting free safety. He has 36 tackles this season including 11 at Vidalia and 10 at Claxton. Tyler picked off a pass in the Bryan County game. On offense he has 6 catches for 69-yards and one touchdown on a 14-yard reception at Claxton. Tyler is a college prospect and has visited several schools.
One of Tyler’s best practice memories involved a Bulldog running back. “My 10th grade year I ran head up on Keshawn Morgan for the first time.” His favorite game memory happened in Booster Stadium. “We played against Bacon County and I made a big hit and the whole crowd went crazy.”
Listen to the Bulldog Pregame Show on Y-101 Radio to hear the interviews with all the Bulldog seniors. The show begins at 7 p.m. and will be followed by the play-by-play at 7:30.