Booster Stadium, in Lyons, will be the site of a battle for first place game between the Toombs County Bulldogs and the Benedictine Cadets. The game was originally scheduled to be played in Savannah. However, Hurricane Matthew made that impossible. TCHS’s fifth home game of the season will kickoff at 7:30 p.m.
The number one ranked 6-0 Cadets feature a diverse offense going up against an improving Bulldog defense which, in their last two home games, have allowed only seven points while scoring 90 against Bryan County and Jeff Davis.
Benedictine junior quarterback Nick Iannone (number 15- 6-0 180 pounds) completes (38-59) 64% of his passes for 627 yards and six touchdowns with no interceptions. If a receiver is open he normally hits him with a picture perfect pass. “He is really good with the deep ball,” head coach Richie Marsh said. “They have scored a lot of points throwing behind the secondary.”
Senior John Wesley Kennedy (number 12- 5-10 205) is the top receiver with 12 catches for 298 yards and three touchdowns. Senior Nick Whitfield (number 9- 5-10 175) has 13 catches for 155 yards and one TD and junior Travis Blackshear (number 2- 5-8 165) has grabbed eight balls for 148 yards and one touchdown.
Kennedy leads the team in rushing with 470 yards and eight touchdowns, Blackshear has run for 271 and scored twice, junior Terrick Smalls (number 13- 5-10 205) 245 yards with seven scores and junior Tyleek Collins (number 1- 5-10 168) 215 yards with three trips to the end zone. “They execute well, their offensive line is coached up and on top of that they are very good football players. Discipline is one of their forte’s and they are really good with the group they are doing it with,” Marsh added.
Benedictine averages seven yards per rush with Blackshear averaging 11.8, Kennedy 8.9 and Smalls 8.4.
The Bulldogs counter with a running game featuring Keshawn Morgan and Jeidon Sistrunk. Both junior rushed for more than 100 yards against Jeff Davis in the Bulldogs’ last game on September 30. Morgan is the second leading rusher in the state with 1,188 yards.
This game will be played on natural grass, Had the game remained at Savannah State it would have been played on field turf. “Obviously, they are used to playing on grass. So, it’s still going to come down to them being a great football team and us making sure we are ready to compete with that,” Marsh said.