Venue change- Toombs County vs. Benedictine moved to Booster Stadium in Lyons


Hurricane Matthew has disrupted all phases of life in the Coastal Empire including school and athletics. Due to the road conditions and the situation at Savannah State the Toombs County versus Benedictine game, originally scheduled to be played at Savannah State, has been moved to Booster Stadium in Lyons. with at 7:30 p.m. kickoff.

This was posted on the Benedictine Facebook Page on Monday evening:

BC will be closed this entire week, Oct. 10-14. Athletic practices are permitted per the coaching staff.

Friday’s football game will now be held at Toombs County. Practice at BC Tuesday at 3 p.m. in full pads. We understand that some will not be able to make the practice and we understand. Our 10-12th-graders are asked to be there if they can, as well as the 9th-graders who traveled to Bryan County.

The safety of our students, faculty and staff is our primary concern. Our prayers remain with all who have been affected by the hurricane.

The last time Toombs County was involved in this type game, with two teams sitting at undefeated in region play after three or more games, was back in 2006. The date was October 27th and Toombs County was playing host to the Dublin Irish. The Dawgs Region 4 wins were at Tattnall County 33-14, at home to Bleckley County 34-21 and at Vidalia 28-12. The Irish were rolling along with a 67-0 win at rival East Laurens, 49-0 at home against Tattnall County, 49-7 at Bleckley County and 70-0 at home against Vidalia. The Irish took care of the Bulldogs 45-10 and then they won five more games before tying Charlton County 13-13, in the Shamrock Bowl, to share a Double A State Championship with the Indians. Those Bulldogs wound up 7-4 and lost in the first round of the playoffs, 40-20, after a long trip to Early County.

Toombs County and Benedictine have a short history. They met twice in regular season play in 2012 and 2013 after the Cadets dropped down from 5A to 2A and joined Region 2. On October 26, in Booster Stadium, the 5-2 Bulldogs played host to the 6-1 Cadets. Benedictine was 5-1 in the region and Toombs 3-2. Vidalia was undefeated in the region. Toombs, on homecoming, was a 14-12 winner. That remains, to this date, the Bulldogs’ only victory over a team that ended the season with an above .500 record since they beat Southwest Macon on November 14, 2008 at Charles Henderson Stadium in Macon in the first round of the playoffs.
The two teams would meet again 17 days later in a mini-game played at Long County High School and the Cadets won 6-0 to qualify for the state tournament. TCHS also lost to Bacon 6-0 and the 7-3 Bulldogs did not make the playoffs.
Later this week- Toombsnow1 will preview this season’s game. 

TCHS Homecoming 2012
Oh, What A Night!

The Big Day begins with a Dawg Walk. Mark Terrell (front) and Valante Guerrero are greeted by their Bulldog fans.

The Toombs County Bulldogs had been in this situation once before. Control a game with their defense and then try and hang on at the end. In September the Bulldogs lost a 7-6 home game to Bacon when the Raiders scored in the final half minute. On a nice October homecoming night Toombs held off Benedictine for a 14-12 Region 2 victory. The Cadets scored a touchdown with 1:02 to play and their two-point pass for the tie was knocked away by Chris Mobley.   YouTube   Y-101 Radio Highlights   Locker Room Show
The Bulldogs controlled time of possession in the first half as they took a 14-0 halftime lead. Jamar Smith scored the game’s first touchdown on a two-yard run completing a short drive which was set up by a Cadet fumble. Oswaldo Guzman’s PAT made it 7-0 TCHS with 2:42 to play in the first quarter.

Smith made it 14-0 with 3:25 left in the second quarter on a 62-yard TD run down the Bulldog sideline going to the south endzone. Fullback Cameron Conner made a key block down field. Jamar ran for 190 yards on 35 carries and for the season has amassed 1228 yards and is averaging 153.5 per game and 7.3 per carry,

The Bulldog defense, which has been a dominating force throughout the season, kept the Cadets multiple offense off the scoreboard for 45 minutes and 11 seconds. The Dawgs made 10 tackles behind the line of scrimmage and allowed the Cadets 221 yards of total offense, just 14 were gained on the ground. Casey Hughes finished a Benedictine drive with a two-yard run to make it 14-6 with 2:49 to play in the fourth quarter. Michael Kersey busted through the line and blocked the PAT to keep it an eight-point game.

After a Bulldog three and out Benedictine drove 68-yards with it’s spread offense and scored on a 23-yard throw and catch from backup left-handed quarterback Stevie Powers to Brad Stewart.

After the Cadets failed two-point conversion they tried an onside kick recovered by TCHS’s Anthony Britt. Bulldog quarterback Ben Brantley took a couple of knees from the victory formation and the Bulldogs improved to 6-2 overall and 5-2 in the region headed to Vidalia.

Dawgs season ends with 2 mini losses

The Toombs County Bulldogs 2012 season came to an end at Long County with a pair of frustrating mini-game losses- 6-0 to Benedictine and 7-0 in the first overtime to Bacon County. Benedictine will head to the playoffs as the third season from Region 2 and the Cadets will play at Laney while Bacon goes as the fourth seed and the Raiders will travel to Screven County. The Bulldog season ends with a 7-3 record, their first winning season since their Elite 8 run in 2008. YouTube

Benedictine scored the game-winning touchdown with 3:57 to play in the second half on a 26-yard pass from left-handed quarterback Stevie Powers to John Gaines. The Cadets PAT hit the left upright and was no good. The Bulldog’s Michael Sulton picked off a Powers pass in the first half. Neither team made it into the red zone in the first half.The Bulldogs took the first half kick in the second mini-game and drove down to the Bacon County five-yard line. Quarterback Ben Brantley threw a first down pass to Mark Terrell and Jamar Smith had several effective runs and nearly turned the corner and made it to the end zone. The possession ended on with Raider interception.

In overtime the Raiders had the ball first. Tomond Hampton made a tackle 10-yards behind the line of scrimmage on the first play. However, Bacon recovered and scored on a high throw from quarterback Matt Thrift to Greg Wright in the end zone. The PAT was good.

Toombs County suffered a negative play on it’s only possession of overtime. The Bulldogs season came to an end on an interception near the goal line on a pass nearly caught by Gary Terrell.

2013- A game turns into a rout, real fast

With 3:26 remaining in the first half the Toombs County Bulldogs were in a game with undefeated Benedictine at Savannah State. Jamar Smith had just scored his 16th rushing touchdown of the season on a one-yard run and the Dawgs trailed the Cadets 14-7. However, by halftime Toombs trailed 28-7 and then by the end of the third quarter the Bulldogs trailed by 44 in what turned into a 51-13 loss, their worst defeat in nearly 20 years (49-0 at Bleckley County on October 22, 1993).   YouTube

What turned this contest into a rout was a pair of non-offensive touchdowns by the Cadets. First, after a Demetrice Baker interception, the Bulldogs were intercepted. Ben Wright picked off a pass and ran it 48-yards down the Bulldog sideline and into the end zone. On their next possession the Bulldogs were forced to punt and with just 15 seconds remaining in the half Mike Huggins returned a Brandon Dowd bomb 75-yards down the Cadet sideline for a touchdown. Huggins scored on a 13-yard run with 10:10 to play in the third quarter, Jon Gaines rambled in from 16-yards out with 6:18 left Bulldog quarterback James Ethredge was sacked in the end zone with 4:28 to go for a safety and Jack Muller scored on a 10-yard run with 1:07 left to make it 51-7 Benedictine after three quarters.

The Cadets ran for 162 yards and threw for 200. Powers completed 9-of-11 passes with a TD and an interception. Stewart caught six of those passes for 141 yards with 67 coming on one first quarter reception. In two games against the Bulldogs the junior has caught 12 passes for 265 yards and two touchdowns. Last season, in the Pit, he had six receptions for 124 yards in a game won by the Bulldogs 14-12.

The Bulldogs scored their first touchdown thanks to special teams, defense and offense. Dowd punted the ball 52-yards and the Dawgs downed it inches away from the goal line. Brandon punted the ball four times for an average of 48.8 yards. The senior is averaging 40.2 yards per punt this season. Then Cadet QB Stevie Powers fumbled the ball and TCHS recovered at the three-yard line and two playe later Smith took a James Ethredge handoff and then lowered his shoulder pads and powered the ball into the end zone.

The fourth quarter was played with a running clock and the Bulldogs scored a second touchdown, at the 6:05 mark, on a three-yard run by Smith. Jamar was held to his second lowest rushing total of the season- 89 yards on 25 carries with a long run of 24 and an average of 3.6 per carry. For the season Smith has 1246 yards on 181 carries. He is averaging 178 yards per game and 6.9 per run with 17 rushing touchdowns and one receiving score.

On defense J.D. Rogers, who was playing linebacker, had eight solo tackles and four assists to lead the Bulldogs.