The Dublin Irish have always had the Toombs County’s number in the regular season winning all eight games. The Region 3 champions continued that trend in the first round of the GHSA Playoffs in the Shamrock Bowl. The Irish scored 35 first half points in their 49-14 victory. 10-1 Dublin will play Thomasville in the second round on Friday in Dublin. Thomasville beat Hephzibah 42-7. Toombs County ends the season at 5-6.
Dublin quarterback Rodriquez Martin scored three touchdowns and threw for one. He scored on runs of 10 and five-yards and returned an interception for 60-yards plus he threw a 47-yard TD pass.
Region 2 AA went 1-3 in the first round of the playoffs. The Jeff Davis Yellow Jackets, who led at Dodge County 21-19 at half, lost to the Indians 39-21 in Eastman. Vidalia dropped a 31-25 decision to Washington County in Buck Cravey Field. The only Region 2 winner was region champ Swainsboro which defeated Northeast 23-7 in Emanuel County.
On a rainy and wet night in Dublin, the Bulldogs recovered an onside kick at the Irish 46 to open the game. Trey Cloud completed an eight-yard pass to Chandler Lynn. D.J. Mincey was wearing number 5 in honor of Demetrius Owens, who left the game last week in an ambulance, ran the ball twice. The Bulldogs did not pick up a first down on a fourth down and one play at the Irish 37.
Dublin took over at the Irish 38 and Corteveyas Mitchell ran for four-yards. Jermaine Cooley ran for a first down. Martin picked up a second first down on a nine-yard run. Martin gained three more on third and one to pick up a first down. Mitchell gained 11 and gave Dublin a first down at the Dawg eight-yard line. Cooley scored the touchdown on second and goal on a two-yard run. Shemar Dollar kicked the PAT and Dublin had a 7-0 lead.
The Bulldogs started their second drive at their 23. Cloud threw two first down passes to Lynn for 15 and 16-yards and then Martin intercepted a pass intended for Lynn and returned it 60-yards for a TD. With the Dollar extra point the Irish lead was 14-0 with 1:02 to play in the first quarter.
Toombs County fumbled the ball and Dublin recovered at the Bulldog 40. Cooley gained five and 10-yards to pick up a first down to end the first quarter.
Martin scrambled for eight-yards and an Irish first down and then he finished the 60-yard drive with a 10-yard TD run to increase the Dublin lead to 21-0 with 9:54 remaining in the first half.
The Bulldogs gained a first down on a Cloud pass to Kodie Cortez for nine-yards, but the Bulldogs had to punt on fourth down.
Dublin started at the Irish 33 and on fourth down and six the Irish faked a punt and gained 21-yards for a first down. Martin completed a 15-yard pass to Tyler Strickland for a first down and Greg Jones ended the 67-yard drive with a 15-yard TD run making it 28-0 with 1:29 to play in the first half.
The Bulldogs went three and out and a 27-yard punt was returned for 52-yards and a TD by Kendell Wade with 24 seconds remaining in the half to give Dublin a 35-0 lead at half.
The Bulldogs opened the second half running three plays and then punting. Dublin scored on a 47-yard pass from Martin to Tyler Strickland and it was 42-0 Dublin with 8:11 to play in the third quarter.
Cloud completes two passes for first downs- 32-yards to Lynn and 23 to Ashlee Ashley. D.J. Mincey ended the drive with a five-yard touchdown run. Cloud threw a pass for the two-point conversion and the Dublin lead was 42-8 with 4:14 to play in the third quarter.
Toombs was stopped on a fourth down and three play and Dublin took over at the Bulldog 36. Martin ended the short field drive with a five-yard pass to Strickland. It was 49-8 Irish with 5:29 left in the game.
The Bulldogs scored the final touchdown on a 10-yard run by Mincey. The two-point conversion run failed and the Dublin lead was 49-14 with 1:55 to play.
Toombs County’s season came to an end on an incomplete pass in the end zone.
TD 4:27 Dublin- Jermaine Cooley 2-yard run (PAT good) 7-0 Dublin
TD 1:02 Dublin- Rodriquez Martin 60-yard interception return (PAT good) 14-0 Dublin
TD 9:54 Dublin- Martin 10-yard run (PAT good) 21-0 Dublin
TD 1:29 Dublin- Greg Jones 15-yard run (PAT good) 28-0 Dublin
TD :24 Dublin- Kendell Wade 52-yard punt return (PAT good) 35-0 Dublin
TD 8:11 Dublin- Martin 47-yard pass to Tyler Strickland (PAT good) 42-0 Dublin
TD 4:14 Toombs County- D.J. Mincey 5-yard run (Cloud pass for two-points) 42-8 Dublin
TD 5:29 Dublin- Martin 5-yard run (PAT good) 49-8 Dublin
TD 1:55 Toombs County- Mincey 10-yard run (Mincey two-point run failed) 49-14 Dublin
D.J. Mincey 20 carries for 79-yards (4.0) Long 19 and 2 TD’s
Kodie Cortez 1 carry for 3-yards
Silas Legrant 1 carry for 2-yards
Trey Cloud 5 carries for -31-yards Long 9
Totals 27 carries 53-yards (1.9) Long 19 and 2 TD’s
Trey Cloud 10-for-20 (50.0%) 131-yards Long 33 and 1 interception
Chandler Lynn 5 catches for 78-yards (15.6) Long 33
Kodie Cortez 3 catches for 26-yards (8.7) Long 15
Ashlee Ashley 1 catch for 20-yards
D.J. Mincey 1 catch for 5-yards
Chandler Lynn 3 for 82-yards (27.3) Long 33
Caleb Hartley 11 and 1 TFL
Chandler Lynn 10
D.J. Mincey 5
Brannon Usher 5
Tyler Smith 5
Chase Miller 4 and a fumble recovery
Robert Kent 4 and 1 TFL
Tyler Heath 3
Shaquay Gaffney 3
Ashlee Ashley 2
Cameron Braddock 2
Raekwon Powell 1
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