TCHS Football

2015 Season

TCHS Bulldogs end season with 48-16 win

Ervin Mincey claps after Dawg win
Ervin Mincey claps after Dawg win

The Toombs County Bulldogs ended the 2015 season like they started it with a convincing win. The Dawgs opened with a 22 point home victory over Johnson  and they finished with a 48-16 victory over Single A Claxton in a crossover game in the Pecan Grove. Both teams end the season with 2-8 records.

In a span of less than three minutes of game time at the end of the first half and the start of the second senior Nathan Belch scored two special teams touchdowns and intercepted one Tiger pass. With 21 seconds remaining in the first half Belch picked off a deep ball- the Bulldogs first and only pick of the season.

Belch started the second half returning the kickoff 72-yards for a touchdown giving the Bulldogs a 27-0 lead. Then two minutes and twenty seconds later Belch returned a punt 71-yards for a second special teams touchdown. On both plays he was able to run down the Bulldog sideline on his way to the south end zone.

TCHS Senior Night Thrills and Frustrations


Ten Toombs County Bulldog Seniors wanted to win their final game in Booster Stadium. However, Tattnall County scored touchdowns  in the first and second quarters and a field goal in the fourth in a 17-8 victory. All eight Bulldog points were scored by senior Jordan Usher. The quarterback/receiver caught a 13-yard touchdown pass from Dalton McBride with 1:25 remaining in the fourth quarter and then Usher moved to quarterback and pushed his way in to the end zone for the two-point conversion.

The Bulldogs opened the game stopping the Warriors on three plays and then they took the ball and drove to the Warrior’s 42 with a chance to pick up a first down. A fumble ended the drive. Later in the quarter Darius Mincey raced through the line of scrimmage and pulled away for a 68-yard touchdown run. A Warrior PAT made it 7-0 with 3:51 to play in the first quarter.

Late in the second quarter Mincey broke off another big run which set up a 14-yard TD run by quarterback Craige Saxton with 2:52 to play in the half. Another Tattnall extra point gave the Warriors a 14-0 lead.

Toombs put together a drive in the waning moments of the first half. The Bulldogs moved down to the Warrior. But, the scoring opportunity ended with a Warrior interception.

Tattnall County kicked a 29-yard field goal with 10:34 left in the fourth quarter. The Dawgs missed a 36-yard field goal in the first half.

Late field goal lifts Vidalia JV past TCHS 10-7

Jeidon Sistrunk (28) celebrates his TD with his teammates
Jeidon Sistrunk (28) celebrates his TD with his teammates

With a little more than a minute to play, in a 7-7 game in Vidalia, the Toombs County junior varsity football team had the ball at the Indian 48 and it was fourth and seven. In JV ball their is no overtime. So, you either play for a tie or the win. The Dawgs went for the win trying to score a touchdown or set up Rig Tinoco for a field goal attempt at the same goal post where on September 4, in the varsity game between the two rivals, he made a 45-yard field goal at the end of the first half.  The Bulldogs didn’t convert on a running play and the Indians took control of the ball and  drove to the TCHS 12-yard line and kicked a 29-yard with seven seconds remaining to win 10-7.

Vidalia took a 7-0 lead on a strange sequence of events in the second quarter. The Indians drove down to the Bulldog 12 and ran a play which ended with Toombs recovering a fumble at the Dawg four-yard line. On the next play TCHS fumbled the ball and the Indians picked up at the six and ran it into the end zone with 5:43 to play before half.

Sistrunk opened the second half with a 35-yard kickoff return to the TCHS 37 and from there the Bulldogs drove 67 yards for a touchdown. Quarterback Dalton McBride, who played in the first and third quarters, threw a 23-yard pass to Tyrese Lewis and he ran 10-yards for a first down to the Indian 22. Sistrunk finished the drive with a 22-yard touchdown run and then Tinoco kicked the PAT to tie the game at 7-7 with 4:40 to play in the third quarter.

Collins torments the TCHS football team too

In March then Brantley County sophomore Mikel Collins hit a solo homer and made two spectacular catches to help the Herons to a 7-1 win over Toombs County at Jacky Jones Field. On October 23, in Nahunta, the lefty turned two broken plays into touchdowns with two throws as Brantley held off the Bulldogs 26-12 on the Herons Senior Night,

Leading 6-0 in the second quarter, Collins turned a bobbled snap into six by scrambling and throwing a perfect strike to junior Luke Hutto to complete a seven-yard play. The two combined on a two-point pass giving the Herons a 14-0 lead with 9:43 to play in the second quarter.

Collins made an even better play with 27 seconds left in the half. On fourth down and 12 from the Bulldog 31, he scrambled to his right and to his left to keep the play alive. Then as Collins approached the Heron sideline, near the 50-yard line, he fired a pass 55-yards down field. It looked like a Bulldog was going to bat the pass away. But, instead the “Hail Mary” found the hands of Hutto for six lifting Brantley to a 20-6 lead at half.

The Bulldogs also made a big play in the second quarter in their passing game. Sophomore quarterback Dalton McBride faked a pitch to KeShawn Morgan and then dropped in a perfect pass to a wide open D.J. Matthews. His fellow sophomore caught the ball at the Heron 45 and then ran toward the toward the left pylon for a 65-yard touchdown play. Rig Tinoco’s PAT was blocked as the Dawgs chopped the Brantley lead to 14-6 with 8:47 to play in the second quarter.

Toombs County opened the third quarter with a 46-yard touchdown drive. Noah Anderson recovered a Heron onside kick and then the Bulldogs slowly drove down field, burning 8:17 off the clock, as they converted on two fourth down plays prior to scoring a touchdown on a fourth down run, from the three-yard line, by quarterback Jordan Usher. Tinoco’s extra point drifted off to the right as Toombs cut the Brantley lead to 20-12 with 3:43 to play in the third quarter.

In the second quarter the Bulldogs also converted on a fourth down and three play from their own 17 on a run by Usher. Back in 1998, at Screven County, TCHS also made a first down on a fourth down run inside their own 20 on a run by Derrick Mincey.

Brantley County opened the game with a touchdown drive. Senior Levi Chesser ran the ball to the goal line and then he fumbled the pigskin, however, it was recovered by a teammate nine yards deep in the end zone. Chesser scored the game’s final touchdown on a three-yard run with 1:28 to play in the third quarter.

Short-handed JV Bulldogs fall at Dodge

The Toombs County Bulldog junior varsity football team traveled to Dodge and they had only 17 fully dressed out players for their next to last game of the season. The end result a 47-8 loss to the Indians. The Dawgs scored their touchdown in the fourth quarter on a 20-yard run by Alex Hunt. Quarterback Ashlee Ashley made the pitch to Hunt and also set up the score with a long run. Watch a slideshow

Tristan Dee makes his first Bulldog tackle
Tristan Dee makes his first Bulldog tackle
(8) Ashlee Ashley shares a tackle with (26) Alex Hunt
It takes a gang to tackle (28) Jamar Burly

SEB JV mashes in a 42-21 win over TCHS

(18) Dalton McBride scores on a 25-yard run
(18) Dalton McBride breaks a tackle and scores on a 25-yard run

Southeast Bulloch freshman running back Slade Burgin is listed at 5-7 175 pounds on the Yellow Jackets roster. But, number 35 played a whole lot bigger than that. He opened the game, offensively for SEB, with an 80-yard touchdown run and when he wasn’t carrying the load for the Jackets in their smash mouth approach to football he was also scoring on a pair of six-yard runs leading SEB to a 42-21 win in Booster Stadium.

The Bulldogs scored on a 25-yard run by quarterback Dalton McBride which with a Cole Williamson extra point cut the Jacket lead to 14-7 with 29 seconds left in the first quarter. Toombs was on the way toward tying the game at the end of the half when a drive ended at the SEB 20 on a fumble.

SEB scored 28 points in the third quarter to take a 42-14 lead. The Bulldogs’ score in that quarter was on an 82-yard kickoff return by Mark Johnson. In the fourth quarter Luke Anderson caught a screen pass from Ashlee Ashley and ran 22-yards for his second career B-Team TD.

(37) Jonathan Williams brings down a jacket
(37) Jonathan Williams brings down a jacket

Emily takes the crown and Pierce wins the game

In a Region 1 game, in which Pierce County beat Toombs County 41-20, the highlight at halftime was the crowning of the homecoming queen. TCHS senior competition cheerleader Emily Banks said she was shaking when Rustin Howard called out her name on the public address system in Booster Stadium. Breanna Walker, the 2014 homecoming queen who now plays basketball at Coastal Georgia, crowned Emily the 2015 queen. Naomi Delgado, a freshman was named the Homecoming Princess. Watch a Bryce Braddy slideshow  practice slideshow

Emily Banks (right) is the 2015 TCHS Homecoming Queen
Emily Banks (right) is the 2015 TCHS Homecoming Queen and Naomi Delgado is the Princess

As for the game, the high scoring Bears only scored seven points in the first quarter. Quarterback Stetson Bennett dropped back to pass on the first play from scrimmage in the game. He had plenty of time to throw, but couldn’t find an open receiver. So, he he took off when he felt some pressure from two Bulldog lineman. Bennett ran to the left, the to the middle of the field and then down the Bulldog sideline. After his 73-yard run Pierce was on the scoreboard just 25 seconds in to the game.

The Bulldogs countered by reeling off three first downs on their first possession and they moved the ball inside the Bear 40. But, TCHS didn’t score. Pierce scored a second TD on a fourth down play from the Bulldog 11-yard line to take a 14-0 lead with nine minutes to play in the first half. That TD was set up by a Bulldog fumble inside the Dawg 20.

Halfway through the second quarter the Bears were way off their scoring pace. Averaging 46 per game, the Bears picked up their offensive pace when Brandon Sapp, escaped from the pile, and raced away for a 52-yard touchdown which helped increase the Pierce lead to 21-0 with 5:15 to play in the half.

The Bulldogs came back with a play which almost scored a touchdown in the Cook County game. Dalton McBride threw a short pass to Landon Cowart. At Adel the play netted 60-yards. In the Pit Landon ran the ball 62-yards for six. Rig Tinoco booted the PAT to cut the Bear lead to 21-7 with 3:o5 to left in the half.

Unfortunately, the Dawgs scored too fast and left too much time on the first half clock. Pierce drove downfield and scored on a three-yard run by Bennett with 2:34 on the clock and the Bears had a 27-7 lead at the break. However, the Bulldogs had a chance to score points before the half.

McBride threw a pass which was caught with one-hand by Jordan Usher and the Dawgs had the ball at the Bear five. On the next play, with roughly 22 seconds, remaining Toombs was flagged for snapping the ball too quickly. TCHS coach Lyman Guy came out on the field to point out the clock was running after the first down was marked and he was flagged for a 15-yard penalty and then another flag was thrown against Toombs. Suddenly the ball was at the Pierce 40-yard line after the penalty yardage was walked off. Tinoco tried a 58-yard field goal which came up short.

The Bears first TD of the second half came on a tipped pass. The Bulldog defensive back deflected the ball up in the air and Blake Chancey caught it near the end zone and ran it in.  The 40-yard play gave Pierce a 34-7 lead with 7:11 remaining in the third quarter. A 39-yard touchdown pass from Bennett to Cody Williams increased the Pierce County lead to 41-7 with 1:49 to play in the third.

Toombs County scored two fourth quarter touchdowns. Usher, from the quarterback position, ran the ball in from the four and Alex Ashley took a pitch and ran the ball into the south end zone.

Doe runs like a deer in Cook’s 43-14 win over the Dawgs

Brandon Doe is a sophomore running back for the Cook County Hornets and in one half of play against the Toombs County Bulldogs he scored four touchdowns to lead his Hornets to a 43-14 home win. Doe is allusive and if he gets to the edge he is gone. His first touchdown was scored on a fourth and three play at the TCHS 14. Doe followed that score up with TD runs of four, seven and 30 and he helped his team wrack up 281 yards of offense in the first half and a 43-7 lead at the break. Number 10 ran for 110 yards in the first quarter and 144 in the first half.

Cook also scored first half touchdowns on a slant pass with 1:11 to play in the first quarter, which with a two-point conversion put the Hornets up 22-7, and a 30-yard run up the A-Gap by quarterback Connor Hillard.

(18) Dalton McBride feeds fullback Jeidon Sistrunk
(18) Dalton McBride feeds fullback Jeidon Sistrunk

The Bulldogs scored their third first quarter touchdown of the season and their fifth in their last 26 games. Quarterback Dalton McBride ran right through the center of the Hornet defense and nearly scored from his 23-yard line. McBride was caught at the 13-yard line after his 64-yard run. Four plays later Dalton picked up a first down on fourth down and an inches and then Landon Cowart ended the drive with a determined run from the three. The senior broke three tackles and crossed the goal line for six. Rig Tinoco tied the game at 7-all with his PAT with 5:26 to play in the first quarter.

The Bulldogs had one other scoring opportunity in the first half. A McBride to Cowart pass netted 60-yards and nearly a touchdown. Cowart caught the short pass at the Bulldog 38 and one of the fastest Bulldogs ran down the Cook sideline before being tackled at the Cook 10. However, the Bulldogs ended up trying a 28-yard field goal and the attempt was blocked.

McBride scored the only second half touchdown on a 51-yard run with 7:15 to play in the fourth quarter. McBride faked the ball to the fullback and raced away down the Hornet sideline.

Coach Lyman Guy on the sideline with his Bulldogs
Coach Lyman Guy on the sideline with his Bulldogs

Prior to the start of the game it was announced on the PA system that TCHS head coach Lyman Guy’s son, Tanner, had been involved in a car wreck and was in the hospital in Savannah. Tanner sustained injuries to his face. Coach Guy arrived at the game 30 minutes before the kickoff.

TCHS JV Dawgs score early and hold on late

The Toombs County junior varsity football team scored the first 13 points of their home game against West Laurens and then held on with some tough fourth quarter defense to  a 13-12 win improving the junior Dawgs record to 3-1.

The Bulldogs opened up the game with two 60-yard drives which were completed with touchdown runs by a pair of freshmen. Fullback Johnathan Williams scored the first TD and quarterback Ashlee Ashley the second.

The Dawgs block the extra point
The Dawgs block the extra point

West Laurens turned a TCHS fumble into a touchdown right before half. The Bulldogs blocked the extra point. The Raiders scored in the third quarter and the PAT try was short.

Noah Anderson picks off a pass
Noah Anderson picks off a pass

In the fourth quarter the Bulldog defense kept West Laurens out of the end zone. The Raiders tried a long field goal and missed.

Booster Stadium turns 50 with a Bang! Meanwhile, the Bulldogs lose 51-13

Coach Jacky Jones shakes hands with his Dawgs
Coach Jacky Jones shakes hands with his Dawgs

Lyons, Georgia’s Booster Stadium turned 50 years old with a celebration which was full of surprises. Before the opening kickoff between Dodge County and the Toombs County Bulldogs players from the 1965, 1967 and 1975 Lyons Senior High teams had a reunion above the south end zone. Watch a Bryce Braddy slideshow

Speedy Pirates too much for improving Dawgs

Big Pirate lineman lead speedy Devin Moore
Big Pirate lineman lead speedy Devin Moore

The Appling County Pirates turned a close and competitive 7-7 game in the second quarter into a double-digit victory by scoring thre. e touchdowns in the final five minutes of the opening half. The Pirates led 28-7 at the break and were a 42-21 winner when the final horn sounded at Jimmy Swain Stadium in Baxley.

Appling took the opening kickoff and broke off two 10-plus yard running plays and had a fourth and three. The Bulldog defense got a stop and the Dawgs took over and they drove 48-yards for their second, first quarter touchdown of the season and their fourth in their last 24 games. The other three first quarter touchdowns came on offensive drives of nine-yards (2013) and 14-yards (2014) and Bronza Jones 76-yard kickoff return this season.

After Appling was stopped on a fourth and three running play which started just inches into Bulldog territory and ended on the Pirate side of the field at the 48, the Bulldogs showed a new look. Instead of placing starting quarterback Jordan Usher in the shotgun, they lined him up right behind center Cody Fuller. Usher ran for two first downs on third and fourth down and then on third down and 16 Jordan pitched to KeShawn Morgan and the sophomore wing ran down the Pirate sideline for a 30-yard gain down to the Appling one-yard line. Usher finished the drive with the short run into the end zone and then Rig Tinoco drilled the PAT to give TCHS a 7-0 lead with 5:11 to play in the first quarter- their first opening quarter lead of the regular season. Toombs did score first in the Bradwell Institute scrimmage to take an 8-0 first quarter lead.

The Pirates countered with a touchdown drive late in the opening quarter which featured the quick and shifty quarterback Keelan Crosby picking up a first down on a fourth and three play from the TCHS 40. Devin Moore finished the drive with a 10-yard TD run on a sweep play and with a Adalfo Martinez PAT the game was tied at 7-all  with :34 seconds to play in the first quarter.

Late in the first quarter Jones took off on a 34-yard run to the Pirate 46. However, the drive and the game’s momentum may been altered by one sequence.  TCHS had a second and five at the Appling 24. The Bulldogs couldn’t get off the play so they took a timeout and after the timeout Usher kept the ball and gained an inch. On third down Jordan pitched to Morgan who was tackled for a three-yard loss as second down and five turned into fourth and eight. Tinoco tried a 43-yard field goal and he just missed banging it through. The kick hit the goal post low on the right upright.

Appling took over and drove down the field. A 28-yard run down the Pirate sideline set up a 21-yard touchdown run by Japheth Morris and with 5:10 to play in the second quarter giving the Pirates a 14-7 lead. And then the game really changed.

The Bulldogs lost a fumble at their 30 on the first play of their next possession. Morris finished the short drive by jumping and flying through the air and into the end zone from two yards out and suddenly with 3:41 to play in the first half Appling had a 21-7 lead. And the Pirates weren’t done.

The Pirates shifty QB named Crosby avoided a tackle four yards behind the line of scrimmage and then ran to the edge and broke two more tackles racing 42-yards for a quick six as Appling turned a 7-7 game into a 21 point lead, at 28-7. The Pirates scored three touchdowns in four minutes and 16 seconds.

Appling scored a third quarter touchdown on a slant pass from Crosby to Ricky Carter for 33-yards with 9:52 to play to put the Pirates to 35-7.

The Bulldogs continued to compete in the final 21 minutes of the game. McBride threw a short pass to Usher and he raced down the center of the field for a 30-yard gain to the 50. Then McBride, after a fake to his fullback, ran 34 yards to the Appling 16 and Landon Cowart ran the final 16-yards breaking three tackles on his way for six. A Tinoco extra point cut the Pirate lead to 35-14 with 10:57 to play in the final period.

Appling County scored a fourth quarter TD on a short throw by Ricky Carter to open up a 42-14 lead with 5:28 to play in the game. The  Dawgs finished the game with a TD drive. Morgan returned the kickoff 38-yards to the TCHS 43. McBride connected with Usher for a 15-yard passing gain and then McBride ran a yard for the final touchdown of the game.

JV Dawgs “bring it” and shutout Appling

In their second game of the season, at Tattnall County, the Toombs County junior varsity football team gave up a long TD run on the first play from scrimmage and they lost. In game their third game Appling County, the Bulldogs got off their bus ready to play on defense and they didn’t yield a single point in a 27-0 win. Watch a slideshow

The Bulldog offense set Appling up with turnovers in the opening half, including a lost fumble at the TCHS 16. But, no matter what the situation, the TCHS defense didn’t break or even bend. In addtion the Toombs secondary picked off three passes. Jonathan Williams, Karis Harden and Noah Anderson each intercepted a Pirate pass.

Jonathan Williams pulls away on a 58-yard TD run
Jonathan Williams pulls away on a 58-yard TD run

On offense the Dawgs were the faster team. Williams opened the scoring with a 58-yard touchdown run with 6:36 to play in the first quarter. The freshman fullback started the run by going up the middle and when he didn’t see any daylight he bolted to his left and ran down the Bulldog sideline all by himself.

Jeidon Sistrunk breaks a hand tackle and scores
Jeidon Sistrunk breaks a hand tackle and scores
Sistrunk plays off an Alex Hunt (26) block and scores again
Sistrunk plays off an Alex Hunt (26) block and scores again

Fellow fullback Jeidon Sistrunk scored a pair of 10-yard TD’s on pitches from quarterback Cole Graham with 3:31 to play in the second quarter to give TCHS a 14-0 halftime lead and then he ended the scoring with 8:03 left in the fourth quarter.

JaQuail Boyd (32) gets a block from Noah Anderson (4) and scored on a 52-yard run
JaQuail Boyd (32) gets a block from Noah Anderson (4) and scores on a 52-yard run

JaQuail Boyd, who played an active game on the defensive line, showed he still has running back speed by traveling 52-yards for a third quarter touchdown with 4:04 showing on the Jimmy Swain scoreboard. Boyd also recovered two fumbles.
The Dawgs also had a 90-yard tD run by KeShawn Morgan called back on a penalty.

Cole Williamson kicked two extra points and drilled a kickoff into the end zone. Ricardo Santana made one-0f-two of his PAT attempts.

Bulldogs sputter in 18-7 loss to Beach

(#11) QB Jordan Usher beaks free on 1st down run
(#11) QB Jordan Usher beaks free on 1st down run

In the final three quarters at Vidalia, the Toombs County Bulldogs scored two touchdowns and kicked two field goals. In four quarters. in their Pit against Beach, the Bulldogs scored one TD in an 18-7 Region 1 AAA crossover game. Watch Bryce Braddy’s Slideshow

 Tyjuan Jennkins 90-yard kickoff return
Tyjuan Jennkins 90-yard kickoff return

Beach opened up the Thursday Night Blitz broadcast on WSAV-TV with a 90-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by junior Tyjuan Jennkins. Beach scored a second first half touchdown on a 12-yard pass from Rashemel Cooper to Andrew Oliver. The nine play, 45-yard drive was set up by a Bulldog fumble.

The Bulldogs finally put together an eight play, 43-yard drive and scored on a two-yard run by Jordan Usher with :50 seconds to play in the first half. A 20-yard pass from Dalton McBride to  Ryan Coursey  placed the ball at the Beach one-yard line. Rig Tinoco nailed the extra point to cut the Beach lead to 12-7.

Tinoco pulled off a successful onside kick which was recovered by Alex Ashley at the Beach 45. The Bulldogs had a touchdown called back on what would have been a 35-yard TD pass from Dalton McBride to Nathan Belch. Belch caught a short pass, at the Beach 33, and raced diagonally across the field and into the north end zone. However, a block in the back brought it back. On fourth down Tinoco missed on a 48-yard field goal attempt.

Nobody scored in the first 22 minutes of the second half until Beach finished the game with a 31-yard touchdown run with 2:10 to play. The game’s final score was set up by an interception on a vertical pass at the Dawg 46.

Unofficially, Usher led the Bulldogs in rushing with 43 yards on 10 carries. Bronza Jones had 38 yards on eight carries, Landon Cowart rushed the ball eight times for 20 yards and Tyrese Kent had three rushes for 23 yards. Toombs rushed the ball 35 times for 139 yards (4.0 yards per carry). The Bulldogs competed six passes for 36 yards.

Big plays burden JV Bulldogs

(#8) QB Ashlee Ashley breaks an arm tackle and scores a TD
(#8) QB Ashlee Ashley breaks an arm tackle and scores a TD

The Tattnall County junior varsity broke two big running plays against the visiting Toombs County Bulldogs in a 22-7  victory. The Warriors scored on a 65-yard run on the game’s first play from scrimmage and a run of equal distance in the second half.

The Bulldogs opened the second half with a 16-play drive which ended on a fourth and three TD run by freshman quarterback Ashlee Ashley.

TCHS Bulldogs overcome sluggish 1st quarter with inspired play the rest of the way

Down 21-0 after 12 minutes and five seconds of their rivalry game at Buck Cravey Field in Vidalia, the Toombs County Bulldogs quite making mistakes and started making plays. The more efficient effort, some Indian mistakes and the right leg of Rig Tinoco allowed the Bulldgos to score 13 straight points in the second and third quarter. However the Indians held on to a 31-20 victory. Watch a Bryce Braddy slideshow  Y-101 Story

Jadarius McLendon (15) crosses the Dawg goaline
Jadarius McLendon (15) crosses the Dawg goaline

Vidalia was in a driving mode in the first quarter of the game. The Indians finished drives of 76, 32 and 46-yards with touchdown runs of four-yards by fullback Jadarius McLendon, four by the shifty wing back Shon Jones and 34 by the other wing Lakia Henry. The first two touchdowns were scored with 5:54 and 3:33 remaining in the first quarter. The third just five minutes into the second quarter.

What seemed to change the momentum in the second quarter was sophomore Ervin Mincey’s punt block. The Bulldogs fumbled on the drive following the block. However, the Indians fumbled it back to the Dawgs at the Vidalia 18. Toombs senior quarterback Jordan Usher scored on a four-yard run with 1:55 to play in the half and with a Tinoco PAT the Indian lead was 21-7.

Luke Anderson holds as Tinoco nails a 42-yard field goal
Luke Anderson holds as Tinoco nails a 45-yard field goal
"It's GOOOOOOOD!!!!!
“It’s GOOOOOOOD!!!!!

The Bulldogs forced a Vidalia punt. The Indians were flagged for 10 yards worth of penalties and had to kick from their five. On third down TCHS sent Tinoco out to try a 45-yard field goal. In the Johnson, the week before in the Pit, the sophomore missed a 48-yarder by a smidgen right before half. This time a perfect Cameron Panick snap and a smooth Luke Anderson hold led to a prefect strike by Tinoco and the kick was “GOOOOOOOD!!!!” cutting the Indians lead to 21-10 at half.

The Bulldogs got the ball to start the second half and a fourth down run by quarterback Dalton McBride turned into a big play and set up a 37-yard field goal by Tinoco. Kicking at the goal post in the east end zone Rig booted another beauty and his three-pointer meant the Bulldogs had scored 13 straight points and their kicker seven in a row.

Vidalia stopped the run with a 41-yard field goal and a Henry touchdown run. TCHS ended the busy night on the scoreboard with a last second pitch from Usher to Tyrese Kent. Usher got rid of the ball as he was being tackled and Kent made his second big play of the game by racing down the Dawg sideline for six points on a play that netted 39-yards. Once again the Tinoco extra point was on line meaning the special teams player scored eight of the Bulldogs’ 21 points.

First Quarter Woes- In their last 22 games, dating back to the beginning of the 2013 season, the Toombs County Bulldogs have scored only three touchdowns in the first quarter- two offensive TD’s and one on special teams. All three touchdowns were scored in the Pit.

In 2013 the Bulldogs, against Jeff Davis, Jamar Smith finished a nine-yard drive with a three-yard TD. In 2014 Smith finished a one-play 14-yard dive with a TD run against Beach and this season Bronza Jones scored a first quarter touchdown on a 78-yard kickoff return.

Bruising fullbacks Jeidon Sistrunk and Johnathan Williams provided all the points and the Bulldog defense didn’t yield a single score in the Toombs County junior varsity football teams 20-6 home win over Metter. The Tigers only points were scored on a fumble recovery which was scooped up and returned 22-yards with 1:55 to play in the first half.

Jeidon Sistrunk scores on a 42-yard run
Jeidon Sistrunk scores on a 42-yard run

Sistrunk, a sophomore who scored on a 65-yard run at Metter last season, scored a pair of touchdowns. After Trevor Rentz  recovered a Metter fumble, Sistrunk raced down the Dawg sideline and into the south end zone for a 42-yard touchdown with 5:20 to play in the opening quarter. A two-point run by sophomore quarterback Dalton McBride came up short meaning TCHS had the early 6-0 lead.

Johnathan Wiliams splits the Metter d for sixl
Johnathan Wiliams splits the Metter d for sixl

Later in the first quarter TCHS recovered another Metter fumble and freshman Johnathan Williams took a McBride pitch and ran 12 yards for his first high school touchdown.

Williams beats two Tigers to the pylon
Williams beats two Tigers to the pylon

Williams also ran in the two-point conversion by diving toward the left pylon. He reached out with the ball in hand and got the call from the official to put TCHS up 14-0 with 2:11 remaining in the first quarter.

Sistrrunk’s final touchdown was scored with 1:19 to play in the game. He smashed through the line of scrimmage breaking several tackles and then he pulled away and ran down the Metter sideline to the north end zone.

TCHS Dawgs open 2015 with 26-6 win

Bronza Jones beats Jalen Hudson on a long kickoff return
Bronza Jones beats Jalen Hudson on a long kickoff return

The taste of victory is sweet in the Pit in Lyons even if you don’t play a complete game. Despite too many penalty flags, fumbles and missed tackles on third down runs by the opposition’s quarterback, the Toombs County Bulldogs opened the 50th season of football, at Booster Stadium, with a 26-6 region crossover win over Johnson.

Watch a Bryce Braddy slideshow

The Atomsmashers took the opening kickoff and drove downfield to take a 6-0 lead. The best play for Johnson was third down scrambling runs by senior quarterback Regimel Thorpe. He put his team in the position to score and he finished the drive with a one-yard run with 6:23 to play in the first quarter. Ervin Mincey led the Bulldog defense as they stopped a two-point conversion attempt.

Jones is 40-yards away from scoring his special teams TD
Jones is 40-yards away from scoring his special teams TD

16 seconds after that score, the Bulldogs answered with a Bronza Jones 78-yard kickoff return. The senior up-back raced away from the pack and ran down the home sideline and into the south end zone for a special teams touchdown. Cole Williamson nailed the PAT to put TCHS up 7-6.

The Bulldogs scored two more touchdowns on offense in the second quarter and both by senior quarterback Jordan Usher. His touchdown runs at 6:48 and 1:45 gave the Dawgs a 20-6 lead. Rig Tinoco tried a 47-yard field goal with two seconds remaining in the first half. The sophomore missed the north end zone cross bar by the slimmest of margins.

QB Jordan Usher celebrates his first of three TD's
QB Jordan Usher celebrates his first of three TD’s

Usher scored his third and the game’s final touchdown with 5:06 to play in the third quarter on a two-yard run on fourth down and one.

The Bulldog defense dominated the second half. Johnson struggled to gain positive yardage on first and second down runs.  After Thorpe left the game with an injury the third down running threat was no more.

ECI takes scrimmage 14-0

Bronza Jones races down the Bulldog sideline

The ECI Bulldogs scored an early second quarter touchdown on a 40-yard run by Ricky Lee and a late third quarter TD on a short run by Bobby McNear to defeat Toombs County 14-0 in three quarters of varsity play. Neither junior varsity team scored in the fourth quarter.  Watch a Bryce Braddy slideshow  Listen to Y-101 Radio’s broadcast

Just like in the 26-8 loss to Bradwell Institute in the first scrimmage, the Bulldogs moved the ball on offense. However, they couldn’t sustain a drive. Senior Bronza Jones led TCHS in rushing with 47 yards on 7 carries. Jones totaled 82 yards in 11 carries in the two preseason games.

The Bulldogs drove into the ECI red zone in the second quarter and on a fourth down play quarterback Jordan Usher had gained enough yardage to pick up the first down. However, the Bulldogs were flagged for their first penalty of the game and the holding call helped end the drive.

Bradwell breaks big plays in 26-8 win over TCHS

Jordan Usher catches a Dalton McBride pass
Jordan Usher reels in a Dalton McBride pass
Usher dives for a TD
Usher dives for a TD
Usher catches a 2-pt pass from McBride
Usher catches a 2-pt pass from McBride

In a 2014 scrimmage in the Pit, Toombs County and Bradwell Institute played to a scoreless tie. In a rematch, back in Lyons, the two varsity squads combined for 34 points in Bradwell’s 26-8 victory. The Tigers also won the junior varsity quarter 8-0. Watch a Bryce Braddy Slideshow  Highlights  Y-101 Play-By-Play

The Bulldogs scored on their second possession. On their first a rash of five-yard penalty flags set them back after they had set up a third down and one on the Tigers’ side of the field. Senior Jordan Usher made three big plays on the scoring drive. First he caught a pass from sophomore quarterback Dalton McBride and ran the ball inside the 10-yard line. McBride carried the ball to the three and then Usher took over at QB and dove into the end zone for the touchdown on a three-yard run. McBride came back in to throw the ball for the two-point conversion and he hit Usher in the right corner of the south end zone to put TCHS up 8-0 with 2:34 remaining in the first quarter.

Bradwell’s Keith Thomas returned the kickoff for an 87-yard touchdown and then scored on a 35-yard by Christian Evans to take a 12-8 lead with no time left on the first quarter clock.

In the second quarter the Tigers Luther Echols, 5-5 186 pound back, ran 80-yards for a touchdown with 2:25 left in the second quarter and then with 24 seconds remaining in the half Romero Smith caught a touchdown pass. Bradwell kicker Darian Banks missed both of his first quarter PAT tries by booting the ball under the cross bar and into the line in the north end zone. However, he nailed his kicks in the south end zone as Bradwell built up a 26-8 halftime lead.

Neither team scored in the third quarter. However, with Usher at quarterback, the Bulldogs drove into the red zone on the final varsity offensive possession.

Bradwell’s junior varsity team scored on a 51-yard run and a two-point conversion with 9:17 left in the fourth quarter.