They say practice makes perfect. The Toombs County Bulldogs didn’t have a perfect practice on Wednesday on the Legion Turf at Booster Stadium, but head coach was pleased with the way it went heading into the big game at Vidalia.
“Not that everything was crisp,” Marsh said. “I just thought it was one of those practices that remind me of a team trying to get better. I think that for two years we have been trying to get the team to practice that type of practice. What was the magic in it, I don’t know. It was the right chatter and there was a lot of competition. Alot of kids at each other. It seems when they are having fun and when they are competing with each other they are getting better and that is what I saw in practice today.”
The two 5-1 rivals will play on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Buck Cravey Field. Both teams feature quarterbacks who can make plays. Vidalia sophomore Bryce Davis is coming off a game in which he ran for four touchdowns and threw a fifth in a 35-14 victory at Jeff Davis. Davis has rushed for 526 yards and scored eight touchdowns. He has completed 25-of-55 passes for 326 yards and he has thrown four TD passes.
Toombs County senior QB Trey Cloud threw five TD passes in a win at Claxton. Trey is completing 64% (53-of-83) of his passes this season for 717 yards with six touchdown passes.
“Trey has got to understand that we have to have a good game from his standpoint. Friday night the offensive line has got to pickup where they left off last week. The receivers we have just got to think big and have a lot of confidence in the way we run our routes and catch the ball and run with the ball,” Marsh said.
On defense the Bulldogs have shut out four of their six opponents and they have yielded 45 points in the other two games- a 49-31 win at Claxton and a 14-3 home loss to Metter.
“Defensively we have to be relentless. Looking back two years ago to the game (TCHS’s 26-7 win at Vidalia) there were six or seven white jerseys on every tackle and we have to have that on Friday night,” Marsh added.
Coach Marsh has been involved in two big rivalry games in his Georgia coaching career- Toombs/Vidalia and his Thomasville Bulldogs versus Thomas County Central from 2005 through 2012.
“There are going to be some mistakes on Friday night. There always are in rivalry games. Who is going to make up for them? Who is going to comeback and make the plays you need to make to play big in these type games? These are always are the exciting games to watch to me and hopefully there is going to be another one,” Marsh concluded.