2014- V turns close game into a decisive win in the 3rd quarter
Leading 14-0 at half, the Vidalia Indians scored three touchdowns in a 3:35 span in the third quarter to turn a close game into a 42-0 victory. The Indians third quarter formula began with the strong left leg of Carlos Giron. The senior booted two kickoffs into the end zone and the the Indian defense forced the Bulldogs to punt after three plays. Vidalia started two drives inside the TCHS 40 and scored on a Jordan Black three-yard run with 4:54 to play in the third quarter and a 23-yard pass from Black to Marquevous Harris with 2:13 remaining. The Indians scored their final third quarter TD on an interception return by Quantrell Yarbrough with 1:19 to play.
The 29th meeting between the two rivals began with a quick scoreless opening quarter. Black scored the first touchdown of the night on a 51-yard run with 10:29 to play in the second quarter. The Bulldogs thought they had put the Indians in a fourth and six situation later in the quarter. However, the official picked up a penalty flag giving the Indians a first down (see below) and Nate McBride finished the drive with a five-yard run with 2:33 left in the first half. Jerry Clark scored the Indians final touchdown on a four-yard run with 6:34 left in the game.
In the first quarter the Bulldogs drove to the Indian 30 before failing to convert on fourth down and six where pass went incomplete, Tyrese Kent took a Jordan Usher pitch and ran 20 yards to the Vidalia 46 and Jamar Smith ran for a 13-yard gain.
In the second quarter, after Black’s touchdown run, Nathan Belch ran for 18-yards. The drive ended when the Indians recovered a Dawg fumble at the Vidalia 39.
2013- Hardy’s big runs damper competitive Dawgs
On a rainy Senior Night in the Pit, Vidalia running back Tra Hardy scored on two long runs. On the Indians first play from scrimmage he traveled a total of 92-yards to give his team a 7-0 lead with 8:25 to play in the first quarter and then later with 10:26 left in the third quarter he shook free for a 49-yard TD to stake Vidalia to a 19-7 lead. Add a late 29-yard field goal by Carlos Giron and Vidalia wins the battle of Toombs County 22-7.
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The Bulldogs altered their offensive game plan by lining up in the I-Formation and putting senior quarterback James Ethredge in the shot gun. On their second possession the Bulldogs put together a 65-yard drive which started in the first quarter and ended in the second quarter with Jamar Smith scoring on a four-yard run with 9:55 showing on the north end zone scoreboard. The Bulldogs converted on three fourth down plays. Senior Oswaldo Guzman’s PAT tied the game at seven-all.
The Bulldogs forced three Indian turnovers. Ethredge scooped up a fumble and senior cornerbacks Chris Mobley and Demetrice Baker each intercepted a D.J. Mincey pass.
2012- Indians runaway with rivalry win
In their 41-7 home win over the Toombs County Bulldogs, the Vidalia Indians broke several trends established by the Dawgs in their first eight games of the season. In every game, but the McIntosh game in the Pit, the Bulldogs were the first team to score. In this game played before a packed Buck Cravey Field crowd the Indians scored 27 first half points before the Bulldogs crossed the goal line with 5:26 to play in the third quarter on a pick-six interception by Chris Mobley.
In winning six of their first eight games, the Bulldogs had allowed an average 111.6 rushing yards a night. However, the Indians scored four rushing touchdowns and ran for 302 yards averaging eight yards a carry. Senior tailback Juan Foster, who was very tough to tackle, crossed the goal line on runs of 11 and five-yards in the first half. The senior ran for 202 yards on 26 carries. McIntosh County Academy’s Nick Cummings accumulated 171 yards on 16 runs against Toombs in the Pit.
For the second straight Dawg/Indian match up a team jumped to a 12-0 advantage. Last year it was the Bulldogs who took the double-digit lead. This time it was the Indians, who scored on a Foster run, a safety and a 36-yard field goal by Dakota Paradice.
Trailing 12-0, the Bulldogs moved down field on a long run by Jamar Smith. However, the drive ended when TCHS threw an interception in the red zone.
The Indians clinched the Region 2 championship with their victory while the Bulldogs are still seeking their first trip to playoffs since the 2008 season. A regular season victory over Atkinson County, on Senior Night in the Pit, will give TCHS a 6-3 region record.
2011- Indians overcome Bulldogs early surge
The Toombs County Bulldogs surged to a 12-0 first quarter lead over arch-rival Vidalia. However, the Indians scored twice in the second quarter to take a 14-12 lead at half and then they scored four rushing touchdowns in the second half to down the Bulldogs 41-12 at Buck Cravey Field.
The night couldn’t have started better for the Bulldogs. Junior linebacker Cody Dowd opened the game by picking off a pass on the first play from scrimmage. Dowd set the Bulldogs up with a short field at the Indian 35-yard line. Toombs drove down field and a Kelo Bagley run put the Bulldogs inside the 10. On fourth down, inside the one-yard line, quarterback James Ethredge bobbled the snap, but, he didn’t lose it and he scored with 8:26 to play in the first quarter. The Bulldogs two-point conversion failed so it was 6-0 early.
On their next possession the Bulldogs executed their biggest offensive play of the season. Sophomore wing back Michael Sulton took a double handoff 85-yards for the Bulldogs second and final touchdown of the game. Once again the two-point conversion failed. However, the scoreboard had TCHS on top 12-0 with 5:37 to play in the opening quarter.
Vidalia scored twice in the second quarter. Fullback Rashaad Thompkins finished a drive with a one-yard run with 10:46 to play in the period. Then right before the half the Bulldogs almost got a defensive stop. Indian quarterback D.J. Mincey completed two passes to Cole Johnson. One for a first down and the second grab resulted in a 10-yard TD pass with :34 to go in the half which lifted Vidalia to a 14-12 halftime lead.
Juan Foster scored two touchdowns in the third quarter and Thompkins completed his hat trick by scoring on two short runs in the fourth.
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2010- Indians reel off 28 straight
It was the old tail of the two different halves. Toombs County won the first 7-6 and Vidalia controlled the second 22-0 giving the Indians a 28-7 victory in a once again packed Pit. The Bulldogs took advantage of a Vidalia muffed punt and turned it in to a Marktavious Dasher 25-yard touchdown run and a 7-0 lead with 9:40 to play in the first quarter. However, even though the Bulldog defense controlled the first half the Indians scored a late second quarter touchdown on a 29-yard pass from Zach Burton to Chris Sharpe to pull the Indians to within one at half after a missed PAT.
The Indians took that momentum in to the second half and scored on a 75-yard by Juan Foster run and a Burton 5-yard run and a pass plus a safety. The Bulldogs never had back-to-back first downs on any offensive possession and on three straight second half series the Dawgs had a second down in which they needed more than 19 yards to pick up a first down. The Bulldogs did have a shot at scoring a second half touchdown after a long Kelo Bagley run. However, the Bulldogs lost a fumble inside the Vidalia 10-yard line.
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2009- Indians win in shutout fashion
Their fortunes have been reversed. Last year a veteran bunch of Toombs County Bulldogs were grinding out late season wins including a 20-0 shutout of rival Vidalia in their Pit. This season the Indians appear to be on a similar type roll and they won their fourth straight game by blanking the Bulldogs 21-0 at Buck Cravey Field.
The Indians scored on their first possession of the game and their first in the second half on short runs by Izhia Roundree and Zach Burton. Tory Lamb, a controversial figure in this game and a former Bulldog, scored the game’s final TD on a 17-yard run with nine seconds remaining in the third quarter.
2008- ‘Nuff Said’
In a match up of I-formation teams, The Toombs County Bulldogs turned three Vidalia turnovers into first half rushing touchdowns in a 20-0 win over Vidalia in a packed Pit in Lyons. Kevin Dennard put the Bulldogs up 6-0 with a short dive into the end zone with 1:54 remaining in the first quarter. Lonzo Skinner, who picked off a pass on defense, scored the Dawgs’ second TD on a 14-yard run with 9:45 left in the second quarter. C.J. Scott, who also intercepted a pass, scored Toombs County’s final TD running the ball into the end zone out of the old spread offense. The Bulldog defense earned its second shutout of the season as Toombs County pushed its record to 6-3. Y-101 Story
Vidalia, just Like Toombs County did in their season turning win at Laney, switched to the I-formation and quarterback Zach Burton was able to complete passes to Landon Guy, Dillion Collins and Terrence Jackson.
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2007- Indians beat Bulldogs with fourth quarter drive
Trailing 6-0 the Vidalia Indians drove 83 yards in 19 plays and killed nine minutes and six seconds of the third and fourth quarter, converting on three fourth down plays, including fourth and goal and less than a yard to beat Toombs County 7-6 before a sellout plus crowd in the Pit in Lyons. Damien Singleton scored the game-tying touchdown with 8:51 to play. The Indians kicked their first successful PAT of the season to surge ahead by one point. The Bulldogs drove the ball down to the 25-yard line in the waning seconds and as they were trying set up for a 42-yard field goal time expired. The Bulldogs thought that they had stopped the clock by spiking the ball, but there was a penalty against the Dogs, who were out of timeouts, and the officials started the clock before Toombs County was able to set up for the kick.
Toombs County also had a long dive in this game. The Bulldogs moved 80 yards in 10 plays in the first quarter and scored on fourth down on a 34-yard pass play as Seth Stroud threw short to C.J. Scott. The elusive sophomore ran the ball into the end zone for his second touchdown of the season. The Bulldogs’ extra point just missed staying inside the upright. Toombs County is 5-2 and 2-1 in Region 4. Vidalia is 4-2 and 1-1.
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