Screven County ends Toombs County’s turnaround season in GHSA State Playoffs

The Screven County Gamecocks put together a 98-yard scoring drive to open up the game and then threw three third quarter touchdowns to end the Toombs County Bulldogs’ turnaround season with a 35-9 win in the first round of the GHSA State Playoffs in Sylvania. The Bulldogs, making their first trip to the post season since 2008, wrap up coach Richie Marsh’s first season in Lyons with a 6-5  record. The 10-1 Gamecocks take a 10 game winning streak in to a second round home match up against either Elbert County or Douglass. Those two teams are playing their first round game on Saturday at Lakewood Stadium.

From Region 2 the top seeds each won at home- Benedictine 58, Glenn Hills 7  and  Vidalia 30, Laney 13. Swainsboro lost on the road at Jefferson County 29-22.

Rig Tinoco opened the game kicking the ball near the sideline which was caught at the two-yard line, but the return man stepped out of bounds. The Gamecocks drove all 98 yards in 12 plays. It took Screven eight plays and a Bulldog five yard penalty for offsides to cross the 50 and then just four plays to score from the Bulldog side of the field. The big play on the drive was a 46-yard run from the Dawg 47 to the one by quarterback Armani Bunbury. Kashawn Robinson scored from a yard out by leaping up in the air and landing in the end zone. A Michael Johnson PAT made it 7-0 Screven with 6:24 to play in the first quarter.

The Bulldogs put together a drive which featured a Dalton McBride to D.J. Matthews pass and a run by Keshawn Morgan. However, the Dawgs had to settle for three points. Tinoco came in a kicked a career-best 48 yard field goal with 43 seconds remaining in the first quarter to cut the Gamecock lead to 7-3.

Rig Tinoco kicks a career-best 48 yard field goal

Rig Tinoco kicks a career-best 48 yard field goal

The Bulldogs avoided falling behind 14-0 in the first quarter with a key defensive stop on a fourth and 11 pass from the TCHS 30. The Dawgs set the Gamecocks up with great field position after they fumbled the kickoff and Screven recovered at the Toombs 29.

Late in the first half the Gamecocks started another scoring drive at their 27. On the first play Bunbury connected with Johnathan Roberts on a 29 yard pass to the TCHS 44. Two plays later Bunbury threw a 40-yard TD pass to Tyquan Johnson. That touchdown and the extra point came with just 41 seconds remaining in the first half giving Screven County a 14-3 lead at half.

The Bulldogs took the second half kick and put together a nice drive. Toombs started at it’s 35 and with Jeidon Sistrunk (9 carries for 68 yards) running hard behind the offensive line. The Bulldogs moved the ball in to the red zone at the 19. However, on the next play McBride completed a short pass and the ball was knocked free and Screven recovered at the Gamecock 25. On the next play Bunbury, who was 0-fro-5 passing against Jefferson County last Friday, completed a short pass to JaTarri Tanksley and the speedster raced down his sideline for a 75-yard touchdown which shockingly upped the Gamecock lead to 21-3 with 9:05 to play in the third quarter.

Bunbury jacked up his touchdown total to 17 on the season, with just four interceptions, with two more third quarter TD passes to Johnson. He threw a 28-yard scoring pass with 5:57 on the clock and a 39-yard strike with 3:04 to play in the quarter.

The Bulldogs scored the final TD on a three-yard run by Morgan. The short drive was set up by a Gamecock fumble.