Two big Indian plays take down the Bulldogs in a packed Pit

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The Toombs County Bulldogs had two leads over rival Vidalia- 7-0 on a touchdown pass from Dalton McBride to D.J. Mathews with 4:50 to play in the first quarter and 14-13 on a four-yard run by Keshawn Morgan with nine seconds left in the third quarter. The last time the Dawgs had a lead in this series, prior, was in 2011 when TCHS jumped to a 12-0 lead at Buck Cravey Field.  Y-101 play-by-play part 1   Y-101 play-by-play part 2

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The Indians turned the game on the final play of the third quarter and with 4:27 to play in the fourth. Just moments after the Dawgs took their one point lead Deon Green returned the TCHS kickoff 97 yards for a shocking six points. Vidalia went for two and converted on a Nate McBride run. Later McBride sealed the Indians 28-14 victory  with a 69-yard TD run.

The Indians also tied the game at 7-all with 24 seconds remaining in the first quarter on a four-yard run by Jaxson McFadden.

This was TCHS head coach Richie Marsh’s first Toombs County/Vidalia game. The veteran coach has been involved in other South Georgia rivalries. As  a head coach at Thomasville he coached in eight match ups with Thomas  County Central and as an assistant at Valdosta High he coached in the Valdosta/Lowndes County Winnersville Classic.

“It was unreal,” Marsh said outside the Bulldog locker room after the game. “This was as good as those and the way our community came out and supported us. The way they were here before the game started. They had the stadium 3/4’s  of the way filled up. My hats off to the community. Everything about what we have done this year is due largely in part to out community and the way they feel about our football team. We are beyond blessed to have a community that supports us the way they do. So. I want to say thank you to them and I am sorry we couldn’t give them a win tonight.”

Here come the Bulldogs
Here come the Bulldogs

First Bulldog touchdown- The Bulldogs opened the game defensively allowing eight yards on three rushing plays- no gain, two and six forcing the Indians to punt. After a five yard penalty for off sides, against Vidalia, the Indians punted from their 27 and a boot of 36 yards with a fair catch gave the Dawgs good field position at their 37. Toombs drove 63 yards in eight plays. The Indians opened the game defensively with a tackle three yards behind the line of scrimmage. Then the Dawgs cranked up their offense with Jeidon Sistrunk running for nine yards. On third and five Morgan went through a big hole and down the TCHS sideline for a 28 yard gain and a first down to the Indian 30. Keshawn gained seven and four for another first down and then the Bulldogs were flagged for a five-yard penalty for illegal procedure. Morgan was stopped for no gain and then ran for three setting up a third down and 13 situation. The Bulldogs executed the same pass play that worked for a TD last week at Metter. Dalton McBride threw to blocking back D.J. Matthews and the junior caught the ball and broke a pair of tackles and scored on a 23-yard play. Rig Tinoco drilled the PAT through the goal posts in the south end zone to give TCHS a 7-0 lead with 4:50 to play in the first quarter.

D.J.Matthews scores the first touchdown of the game
D.J.Matthews scores the first touchdown of the game

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First Indian touchdown- Green returned the TCHS kick off 26 yards to the Indian 37. McFadden was the work horse on this 63 yard drive. The senior carried the ball five times for 18 yards and and one first down. Lakia Henry ran for eight yards and a first down. But the  play that made this drive successful was a wing back pass. Green took a pitch from quarterback Hall Graham and threw the ball to Karen McKinney for a 34-yard gain down to the Toombs three. Two plays later McFadden ended the drive with a three-yard TD run with 24.7 seconds remaining in the first quarter. Senior Joshua Sowell booted the extra point to tie the game at 7-all.

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Wingback Deon Green throws a 34-yard pass to set up the first VHS TD
Hall Graham (#18) signals touchdown on Jaxson McFadden's run
Hall Graham (#18) signals touchdown on Jaxson McFadden’s run
Keshawn Morgan tackles an Indian
Keshawn Morgan tackles an Indian
The Bulldog defensive line takes on Vidalia's wing
The Bulldog defensive line takes on Vidalia’s wing

Second Indian touchdown- Lane Adams punted 40 yards, from the Bulldog 28 to the Indian 32, with no return. It looked like the Dawgs had set up a third and six play. However, on a Henry run they were called for grabbing the face mask. A 15-yard penalty moved the ball down to the TCHS 23. The Dawgs were called for a second penalty- five yards for offsides and on third down and three McFadden gained four yards for a first down. Henry ran for two yards and then 10 more for the touchdown. The senior broke a tackle and veered to the right before crossing the goal line in the south end zone. Sowell hooked the PAT off to the left meaning the Indians had a 13-7 lead with 6:37 left in the half.

Jimmy Edwards (#27), Kle Reynolds (#54) and Jason Lowe (#77) engage the Indians
Jimmy Edwards (#27), Kyle Reynolds (#54) and Jason Lowe (#77) engage the Indians
The Bulldog offensive line blocks for Jeidon Sistrunk
The Bulldog offensive line blocks for Jeidon Sistrunk

Second Bulldog touchdown- The Bulldogs started the second half with a short drive which ended at the Indian 40. Adams punted 26 yards and the ball was downed at the Indian 14. Vidalia kept it simple, with the poor field position, and only gained a yard total on three plays. The Indians punted 34 yards to the Vidalia 49. It took Toombs eight running plays to get into the north end zone. Sistrunk carried the ball four straight times for 9, 10 (first down run), 2 and 3. Morgan took over and he ran for five for a first down, McBride gained seven and Keshawn five more to take the ball down to the four and then he carried the ball one more time and scored. Morgan was hit by the Indian defense, but he was able to cross the goal line. Tinoco stuck the PAT and the Dawgs had their second lead of the game at 14-13 with nine seconds to play in the third quarter.

Keshawn Morgan (#6) get ready to score six
Keshawn Morgan (#6) gets ready to score six
Will Fuller (#44) makes a tackle on special teams
Will Fuller (#44) makes a tackle on special teams

Third Indian touchdown- The Bulldogs and their fans only got to enjoy their one point lead for nine seconds on the north end zone clock.  Green back peddled to the three to take the Tinoco kick off. He ran straight up the field to the 20 and then he played off a block and cut to his left. A Dawg dove and tried to make a tackle near the 20, but Green escaped and most of the Toombs cover guys were inside the 40. So, the senior ran toward the Bulldog sideline and nobody had an angle on him. When Green got to the TCHS 35 there was one Dawg even with him, but roughly 15 yards off to his right and Green out ran him to complete the game-changing 93 yard return.

Jacquail Boyd tackles Deon Green
Jaquail Boyd tackles Deon Green

Fourth Vidalia touchdown- Toombs moved the ball 24 yards to the Indian 45 and then Adams punted 31 yards and the ball was downed at the Indian 14. Vidalia went 86 yards on six plays. Henry ran seven yards for a first down and then McBride ran for seven to make it third down and three from the Indian 36. McBride took a hand off and ran up the middle and disappeared into the Dawg defensive backfield and when he crossed the Bulldog 43 he was gone, pulling away on a 64-yard TD run.

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The home side was packed
The Indian side was full
The Indian side was full too
If you couldn't find a seat, their were planty of places to stand and watch the biggest game of the season
If you couldn’t find a seat, their were plenty of places to stand and watch the biggest game of the season
The spillover also made it's way to the south end zone
The spillover also made it’s way to the south end zone
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If you did get a seat on the Bulldog side, there wasn’t much elbow room
The Toombs County student body goes all out for the big game
The Toombs County student body goes all out for the big game