A long rainy night at Buck Cravey Field ended in disappointment for the Dawgs

The Toombs County Bulldogs made the 6 mile drive to Buck Cravey Field at Vidalia High School in what was a Region Championship Game.  The bulldogs were just coming off of a stunning 35-13 upset loss to the Jeff Davis Yellow Jackets in Hazlehust in the previous week.  The Indians were coming off of an impressive win over the East Laurens Falcons 43-20.  This Rivalry Game will be one talked about for many years.  Toombs County won the toss and deferred to the second half.  The Bulldogs kicked off to the Indians and then after just a few plays, Vidalia turned the ball over to the Bulldogs.  Toombs would match the Indians and turned the ball back over to the Indians on an interception.  The Indians would utilize their star Quarterback Bryce Davis to air the ball out and connected on a Touchdown Pass to Josh Mincey.  The Indians went for 2 and failed.  The Bulldogs fired right back and was lead down the field by their star player, Quarterback Chandler Lynn. Lynn who made the switch to quarterback this season from his wide receiver spot had a career night on the Indian Defense. Lynn would connect with fellow Senior Tyler Heath for 2 Touchdown passes and another to Senior Running Back Derrick Mincey. The Dawgs and Indians switched another score each and ended the 1st half in a deadlock at 13-13.  The Bulldogs and Indians would match each others scores like a chess match.  Each team scored a Touchdown and a field goal in the second half and when to time expired after the 4th Quarter the teams were still locked at 23-23. 

For the second time in 3 games, Toombs would have the game decided in Overtime.  In the first Overtime, Toombs County scored on a Mincey Touchdown of 1 yard.  Junior Place Kicker Julian Marin-Vital added the point after and lead 30-23.  Vidalia responded with a 1 yard Touchdown of their own by Davis. The point after sent the game into a second overtime.  In the second overtime Toombs County defensive unit, the Red Bullets, came up with a huge stop.  The Indians settled for another field goal reclaiming the 33-30 lead.  Toombs County, who was penalized 15 times on the night, drew another flag stalling the drive.  Julian Marin-Vital connected on his second Field Goal of the night tying the game back up at 33.  Toombs Offense would begin the 3rd Overtime period.  A tipped pass intended for Heath on 3rd down was originally called a pass interference that would have given the Bulldogs a first and goal from the 3 yard line was waved off.  Marin-Vital added a 3rd Field Goal, a career high for the all state player, and gave the Bulldogs another lead at 36-33.  On the Indians next drive, after the Bulldogs appeared to have Davis cornered, he eluded two Dawg defenders and dove into the endzone for the walk off score.  With the loss, Toombs will battle the Swainsboro Tigers in the PIT this Friday ( Last Home Game ) for a chance for a 3rd seed in the state playoffs.

~Matt Lynn