Toombs County Upsets # 3 Ranked Macon County on the Road

On Friday October 9, The Toombs County Bulldogs made the 2-hour drive to Montezuma, Georgia. Montezuma is the home of the very physical and very athletic Macon County Bulldogs. Macon County hosted Toombs County for their Homecoming and displayed a perfect 3-0 record on the season after winning 63-6 over Central Talbotton the previous week. Toombs County knew winning would not be easy, but entered the contest looking for the fight. The first quarter looked more like a heavy weight boxing match between the two teams as a light rain fell through the night air. Toombs would strike first with 1:17 remaining in the first half, Quarterback Chandler Lynn found Tyler Heath for a 28-yard scoring strike. Julian Marin-Vital connected on the point after giving Toombs County a brief 7-0 lead. On Macon County’s next possession, they marched the ball 68 yards in 5 plays and scored on an 18-yard touchdown pass with 19 seconds left. The point after knotted the game back up at 7-7 and that’s how the half ended. In the second half, The Red Bullet Defense continued to harass the high-octane offense of Macon County. Tank Morris, Wil Watts, Brannon Usher, Robert Kent, and Cameron Braddock combined for 11 tackles for loss, 2 QB sacks and 5 QB hurries. The Bulldog offense regained the lead on a 1-yard touchdown run by D.J. Mincey with 55 seconds remaining in the third quarter. Offensive Linemen: Miles Thompson, Brock Nobles, Koby Scott, and Adam Patrick pushed the Macon County defense on 3 consecutive plays inside the 3-yard line. Then came Macon County again. Macon County RB Brandon Cochran broke loose for a 48-yard touchdown score. The extra point tied the game again at 14 with 9:05 remaining in the game. That one run accumulated half of Macon County’s rushing yards for the game. The rest of the night the Red Bullets held Macon to 48 yards on 32 carries. The two teams exchanged punts before Toombs began marching again. The drive stalled and after a 5-yard encroachment penalty, Toombs faced a 4th and 4 from the Macon County 25-yard line. Marin-Vital trotted on with 2:26 remaining in the game and calmly kicked a 42-yard field goal sending the packed Toombs County stands screaming with excitement. The Bulldog defense held off a Macon County surge in the final seconds giving Toombs County the 17-14 upset win over the #3 Single A team in the state. Toombs is off this week and returns the following week at home to begin region 2AA play with the Bacon County Raiders who are currently 4-1 on their season.

~Matt Lynn