In their most recent second round match ups in the GHSA playoffs under head coach Richie Marsh ,the Toombs County Bulldogs have traveled to Sylvannia to play the Screven County Gamecocks. This Friday they take a much longer trip to Tiger to play the undefeated 11-0 Rabun County Wildcats.
In a post Wednesday practice at Booster Stadium interview coach Marsh talked to Toombsnow1 and Y-101 Radio about the big game.
Question- In your years as a head coach have you ever faced a quarterback with the reputation and the numbers of Gunner Stockton? A QB who can run the ball and throw the ball like he does?
Answer- First one comes to mind, we played Anquan Boldin when I was at Frostproof in the mid 90’s. (as a high school QB Boldin was named Florida’s Mr. Football. At Florida State he was moved to wide receiver and he played that position in the NFL winning a Super Bowl and making the Pro Bowl three times. He officially retired back in October) We have played some quarterbacks who can throw the football. I don’t want to take anything away from him because he is special. What also makes them special to me is they have five guys who can catch the football, five guys that run really good routes. Five guys that can get open and he throws and they catch it. He is very accurate. I think Trey Cloud is accurate also. To play them, to be able to beat them you have got to make them miss on some things. You have to get after them. You have to pressure him and make him make some throws he doesn’t want to make and you can’t give those receivers a lot of space.
Question- How do you get your players to play every play- play after play- because you can’t take a play off against Rabun County’s offense?
Answer- It has to be consistent. He is going to make some plays. You just have to toughen up when they get to the goal line. You have got to make sure they don’t cross the goal line. You have to pressure him. You can’t give him a lot of time to throw the ball.
Question- You have some good tacklers. What do you have to do to keep Stockton from beating you with his running ability?
Answer- We have to gang tackle on defense and play like our hair is on fire. We talk about that every week and this week has got to be one of the best weeks at it. We have to play with a lot of tenacity and intensity. You are going to have to have some drives. You can’t turn the ball over when you are supposed to be taking care of it. You have to make the most of every opportunity and that is what they do well on offense.
Question- Would you describe their defense as being aggressive?
Answer- They are aggressive. They get to the ball really, really well. It is not South Georgia football for sure, but their brand is as good as it gets. They do well at getting in the weight room and getting their guys to the football and defensively they are willing to take some chances.
Question- Your longest road trip this season was to Alma. This trip to Tiger is 240 or so miles. How will you handle it?
Answer- We are going to make it as much like a school day on Friday as we can. We are going to get on the bus and get off when first block is over. Then we will get off when second block is over and then get off when third block is over. We will try to keep it as routine as we can. We have a place where we will be in the afternoon which is much like when we are at the bus barn. Just keep it as routine as possible.
Rabun County is coached by Jaybo Shaw. This is his first year as the head man after replacing his father.
2004-2007: Flowery Branch High School (Player)
#5 ranked dual-threat Quarterback in the country
All State / All Region Selection
Over 10, 000 total yards
Starting Quarterback for GACA North / South all-star game
2008 & 2009 Season – Georgia Tech (Player)
2008 Chick-fil-A Bowl
2009 ACC Championship Team
Holds school record for most passing yards in collegiate start
7 game appearances as a true freshman
2010 & 2011 Season – Georgia Southern (Player)
Back-to-Back Semifinalist in NCAA FCS Playoffs
2011 Southern Conference Champions
Voted Most Valuable Player – 2011
All-Southern Conference Quarterback
Erk Russell Award – 2010
2012 Season – Rabun County High School (Quarterback Coach)
First playoff appearance since 1992
2013 Season – Georgia Southern University (Graduate Assistant)
Graduate Assistant for running backs and receivers
1st FBS win in Georgia Southern history, defeating Florida
2014 (Jan-July) – United States Military Academy – Army (Offensive Quality Control)
On-Campus Recruiting (Player Evaluations)
Offensive Analyst (Film Breakdown and Scouting)
2014 Season – Western Carolina University (Receivers Coach)
Coached 3 All Southern Conference WR’s
Coached 1 All American WR
2015 Season – Rabun County High School (Quarterback Coach)
State Quarterfinals Appearance
2016-2018 – Rabun County High School (Offensive Coordinator / Quarterback Coach)
3 consecutive Region Championships and State Playoff appearances
2017 State Championship appearance and AA State Runner-Up