On November 7, 2008 the Toombs County Bulldogs traveled to Swainsboro needing a win over the Tigers to qualify for the state playoffs. Those Bulldogs were successful winning 43-30 on their way to the Elite 8.
The 2019 Bulldogs don’t have to beat Swainsboro to move on to state. However, it will take away any doubt because if Jeff Davis wins at Metter and the Dawgs lose, the Yellow Jackets go to state and Toombs County’s season would be over.
Swainsboro can clinch first place in Region 2 with a win over Toombs even though the Tigers are coming off a 21-14 loss at Jeff Davis. The Tigers are 4-1 in the region with wins over Metter, Vidalia, Bryan County and Bacon County.
There are many possible scenarios for the final region standings including a five-way tie with Swainsboro, Metter, Vidalia, Jeff Davis and Toombs County all finishing at 4-2. This would happen if Toombs County wins at Swainsboro, Jeff Davis prevails at Metter and Vidalia beats Bacon County in Vidalia.
If there is a five-way tie there will be a meeting at Vidalia High School on Saturday to discuss how to handle this unprecedented situation. Otherwise, the first tie breaker is head-to-head and the second is point differential in region games.
A five-way tie would result in mini-games at Bobby Driggers Stadium in Soperton. The mini-games consist of two five-minute halfs. The Bulldogs were last involved in a mini-game scenario in 2012 when they lost to Bacon County and Benedictine and didn’t make the playoffs.
How did JD upset #6 Swainsboro?
The Jackets were able to run the ball against the Tiger defense. Senior Jashaun Kirby ran for 176 yards. Jeff Davis scored on a 90-yard drive with Aahiyus Allen scoring his ninth TD of the season on a 5-yard run. Cade Walters ran in the 2-point conversion to make it 8-0 in the second quarter.
James Wood recovered a Tiger fumble at the Swainsboro 49 and then Kirby ran 42-yards for a touchdown. Tyree Hines’s PAT was good giving the Yellow Jackets a 15-0 lead.
Jeff Davis tried an onside kick which Swainsboro recovered and Kade Youmans threw a 28-yard TD pass completed to Cedric Seabrough. The Tigers went for two, however, the run failed and it was 15-6 Jeff Davis.
In the third quarter Youmans finished a Swainsboro drive with a 1-yard run and Robert Allen ran in the 2-point conversion to make it 15-14 Yellow Jackets.
With seven minutes to go in the game Jeff Davis scored a final TD on a 1-yard run by Kirby. The extra point was no good and the Yellow Jackets were able to stop the Tigers and burn the clock to hold on to their upset victory in the Pinelands.
The QB’s in the Toombs County/Swainsboro game
In his last four games Toombs County senior quarterback Trey Cloud has completed 31-of-44 passes giving him a 70.5 completion rate against Bacon County, Bryan County, Vidalia and Jeff Davis. He has thrown for 409 yards in those four games. For the season Cloud has completed 66% (69-105) of his passes for 910 yards and 8 TD’s.
Last season in a 21-20 loss to Swainsboro, Trey completed 12-of-21 passes for 127 yards.
Through his first nine games of the season, Swainsboro senior quarterback Kade Youmans has competed 58% of his passes (92-of-163) for 1,458 yards and 21 touchdowns. He has thrown five interceptions all of which occurred in the first three games of the season including three against the Dublin Irish. In the loss to Jeff Davis, Youmans completed 4-of-10 for 61-yards and a TD.
Last November- in Booster Stadium- Youmans threw for 137 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions. He completed 11-of-his-23 passes.
The running game
The Bulldogs and the Tigers have similar rushing numbers although the Dawgs have done it in fewer rushing attempts since they have only played eight games and the Twiggs County game consisted of only 11 minutes.
The Bulldogs have rushed for 1,373 and they are averaging 172 yards per game and 6-yards a carry with 22 touchdowns scored.
Swainsboro counters with 1,453 yards and an average of 161 per game and 5.8 per carry with 15 TD’s.
Junior D.J. Mincey leads TCHS with 630 yards for an average of 90 per game and 7 per carry with 8 touchdowns.
Junior Robert Allen, despite playing in only six games, tops Swainsboro in rushing yardage with 688 yards and he is averaging 113 per game and 6.2 per carry with 7 touchdowns.
This season, the Bulldogs have only punted the ball 13 times in their eight games and since the Metter game they have only punted six times- four against Vidalia and once against both Bacon and Jeff Davis and they did not have to punt in Bryan County win.
Swainsboro has punted the ball 20 times with Youmans averaging 39 yards with a long of 61.
Only three Toombs County coaches have beaten the Swainsboro Tigers in 13 games. Rex Hodges- in Booster Stadium- 31-7 in 1990, Shane Williamson- in 2008- 43-30 in Swainsboro and Richie Marsh 32-22- in the Pit- in 2017.
This will be Scott Roberts fifth match up with the Toombs County Bulldogs. The Swainsboro coach lost to the Bulldogs in 2008 and won in 2009 21-0. He also has split with coach Marsh losing in 2017 and winning last year 21-20.