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Fun and interesting things that are happening in Toombs County-NOW 

The Toombs County Bulldogs on Y-101 Radio- The Bulldogs can be heard exclusively on Y-101 Radio and Mixlr. Next up the Bulldogs will play host to Appling County on Friday, September 26 at 7:30 p.m. The Bulldog Pregame Show begins at 7. To listen on Mixlr click here or you can download the Mixlr App from the Apple App Store or by clicking here  
Bulldog Football Slideshow-Dawg fan Emily Brown is once again is snapping TCHS pictures. Check out her slideshow  If you would like to share your Bulldog game pictures e-mail your best.
3-on-3 Basketball Tourney- On Saturday, September 20 there will be a 3-on-3 tourney at the Lyons City Gym benefiting the Toombs County High School boys basketball program. For more information click here  
FCA Kickoff- is scheduled for Wednesday, September 17th, between 6 and 8 p.m., at the Vidalia Amphitheater. For more info click here  
Janie Frickie- The country music singer called into Y-101 for an interview and she shared memories with a listener, the Emmylou Harris fan. Audio  
Mike Dekle- The veteran songwriter, from Athens, visited Y-101 and talked about Kenny Rogers on Kenny's birthday. Audio   
Richard Sterban- The famous bass singer from the Oak Ridge Boys talked to Y-101 Radio about is 41 years with the group. Audio  
Mickey Gilley- The country music legend, with 17 number one songs, appeared on Y-101 Radio. Audio  
Toombs County Websites- Toombs County Football Website  or Toombs County Athletics
Toombs Now Videos- All videos are stored on You Tube. If you are ever bored and have nothing to do, you can watch Toombs County in action Click Here    

 

Bulldogs down Beach despite mistakes

When the Toombs County Bulldogs scored their first regular season first quarter touchdown since September 27, 2013, just 2 1/2 minutes in to their home game against Beach, it seemed like the start of a good offensive night. Instead the Bulldogs scored only two more times over the next 45 1/2 minutes in a 20-12 victory. Listen to the Y-101 Locker Room Show Audio  Sights and Sounds from the Pit Video  Watch Highlights

Beach set up Toombs with a short field when the visiting Bulldogs snapped the ball over the punter's head and the Dawgs recovered at the Beach 14-yard line. Jamar Smith, setting up as the tail in an I-formation, scored on a 14-yard run to the near side boundry going in to the south end zone. Brandon Rosales kicked his first varsity PAT giving Toombs a 7-0 lead with 9:39 to play in the first quarter.

Beach hit a big pass and scored on a one-yard quarterback keeper by Shanard Ford. The Bulldogs blocked the Beach extra point leaving TCHS on top 7-6 with 11:56 to go in the second quarter. The Bulldogs scored their second TD, with 11:56 left on the second quarter clock, on a 21-yard run by Smith. Rosales kicked a low line drive extra point as TCHS opened up a 14-6 lead.

Tyrese Kent broke a long run in the third quarter and quarterback Jordan Usher finished the drive with a five-yard touchdown run with 6:23 to play in the third quarter. Rosales's PAT drifted off to the left. Toombs County lead 20-6.

Turnovers kept the Bulldogs from scoring a fourth touchdown. Beach scored on a 55-yard touchdown pass, with 11:52 remaining in the fourth quarter. A Beach pass on the two-point conversion was incomplete cutting the Toombs lead to 20-12..

In the fourth quarter TCHS turned up the pressure on Beach as the Dawg defensive line was constantly in the backfield. Nathaniel Baker, Cole Dowd, Bryson Smith, Wayne Denson, Jose Delgado and Brandon Chubb either sacked the Beach quarterback or forced numerous incomplete passes. In addition Beach was called for intentionally grounding the ball twice.  

JV Dawgs rally to beat Tattnall

 QB Dalton McBride gets a flying block from Dylan Oglesby 

 and scores his second touchdown against the Warriors 

For the second straight September the Toombs County junior varsity football team rallied and beat an opponent, in the Pit, and in both games the quarterback scored the  game-winning points. In 2013 Ryan Coursey scored a rushing TD with 1:19 to play to help TCHS rally from a 12-0 deficit and win 13-12 over Swainsboro

On Thursday the Bulldogs fell behind 14-0 to Tattnall County in the first quarter. However, once again they came back with McBride scoring touchdowns with 9:51 to play in the second quarter and 5:41 left in the game. Cole Williamson kicked a PAT after the first TD and McBride ran in a two-point conversion following the second score to give the 2-0 Dawgs the one-point win. Watch highlights   

Net Dawgs win in new uniforms

The Toombs County Volleyball team put on their new uniforms and went out and took care of two Savannah schools on the road. The TCHS varsity beat Savannah High 2-0 and Jenkins High 2-1 and the junior varsity knocked off Savannah in three sets. On Tuesday the Net Dawgs swept Dublin, in Dublin, in a pair of matches 25-5 and 25-8 and 25-4 and 25-4. 

The Net Dawgs have now won four matches in a row, earlier this season Toombs had a seven match hitting streak.

21 Total K's

 

 Tanner Wright KO's 8 

 

Miranda Thigpin KO's 13 

Toombs County MIddle School's Tanner Wright and West Lauren's Miranda Thigpin combined for 21 strikeouts, in six innings, in a MGMSAA game in Lyons. Thigpin struckout 13 and walked one in pitching a no-hitter as West Laurens improved to 3-0 with a 7-0 victory. Wright struckout eight as she kept the traditonal league champ from run-ruling another opponent. Watch highlights

V turns close game into a decisive win in the 3rd quarter

Leading 14-0 at half, the Vidalia Indians scored three touchdowns in a 3:35 span in the third quarter to turn a close game into a 42-0 victory. The Indians third quarter formula began with the strong left leg of Carlos Giron. The senior booted two kickoffs into the end zone and the the Indian defense forced the Bulldogs to punt after three plays. Vidalia started two drives inside the TCHS 40 and scored on a Jordan Black three-yard run with 4:54 to play in the third quarter and a 23-yard pass from Black to Marquevous Harris with 2:13 remaining. The Indians scored their final third quarter TD on an interception return by Quantrell Yarbrough with 1:19 to play. Listen to the Y-101 Radio Locker Room Show Audio  Watch the Sights and Sounds from the Pit  Watch highlights

The 29th meeting between the two rivals began with a quick scoreless opening quarter. Black scored the first touchdown of the night on a 51-yard run with 10:29 to play in the second quarter. The Bulldogs thought they had put the Indians in a fourth and six situation later in the quarter. However, the official picked up a penalty flag giving the Indians a first down (see below) and Nate McBride finished the drive with a five-yard run with 2:33 left in the first half. Jerry Clark scored the Indians final touchdown on a four-yard run with 6:34 left in the game.

In the first quarter the Bulldogs drove to the Indian 30 before failing to convert on fourth down and six where pass went incomplete, Tyrese Kent took a Jordan Usher pitch and ran 20 yards to the Vidalia 46 and Jamar Smith ran for a 13-yard gain.  

In the second quarter, after Black's touchdown run, Nathan Belch ran for 18-yards. The drive ended when the Indians recovered a Dawg fumble at the Vidalia 39.  

An officiating explanation

 Vidalia's 4th and 1 formation in the second quarter

In the second quarter, with Vidalia leading Toombs County 7-0, the Indians went for a fourth down and one situation at the TCHS 41-yard line. Quarterback Jordan Black kept the ball and picked up more than one yard. However, a penalty flag was thrown against the Indians. The head referee (the white hat) signaled illegal procedure. The Indians were penalized five yards to make it fourth down and six. Vidalia then took a timeout. Watch video

What actually happened was Vidalia went with an unbalanced line. The Indians had four offensive lineman to the right of the center and two to the left. The official on the Vidalia sideline counted three offensive linemen to the right of the center instead of four. Meanwhile, the official on the Toombs County side counted two. That would be a count of six, including the center, on the line of scrimmage instead of the required seven. That is why the flag was thrown for an illegal formation. The head referee gave the wrong signal (illegal procedure) adding to the confusion.

On the subject of the illegal procedure indication. If you slo-mo the video the left side of the offensive line does appear to leave a split second early and the flag was thrown from the left sideline. In the picture below, the hand of the left tackle and left guard is no longer on the ground while the ball is still on the ground.

Bullpups drop opener to Dublin

 Jalen Jones begins his 80-yard kickoff return

 Jones pulls away from his final pursuer

 and completes his run all by himself

The Toombs County Middle School football team opened up the new season with a 24-6 home loss to Dublin. The Pups yielded two first quarter touchdowns on a 38-yard run and then a short run after a TCMS fumble inside the Bullpup 10. Dublin scored the final Irish TD in the fourth quarter on another short run. On the kickoff Jalen Jones returned the ball 80-yards down the near sideline for the only TCMS touchdown. Watch highlights and Jalen's kickoff return

Tanner's No-No leads Lady Pups

Tanner Wright pitches a 3 inning no-hitter 

A week after Tanner Wright pitched the Toombs County Middle School Lady Bullpups to a 9-7 win over J.R. Trippe, on the day before her 13th birthday, the seventh grade right hander threw a three inning no-hitter in which all nine outs were recorded by strikeouts. The Lady Pups took advantage of an abundance of walks and defeated Swainsboro 16-1 in Lyons. Watch highlights

Wright also stroked a triple and right fielder Olivia Wright smashed a pitch deep into left field driving in a pair of runs. Ashton Braddy walked twice and layed down a bunt.

Game Week 2- Dawgs vs. Indians

Wayne Denson (#52) and Brandon Chubb (#10) tackle Ryan Coursey (#9) while Jonah Smith (#51) blocks

The only team that was on the Toombs County Bulldogs' regular season schedule last season which appears on the 2014 schedule is the Vidalia Indians. The two rivals meet in the Pit on Friday at 7:30 p.m. On Monday afternoon the Bulldogs began their week of preparation for the big game by repping their offense and defense. The Indians run the Wing T on offense, so on defense the Dawgs were learning their keys. A threat of lightning sent the team in to the gym early. However, that didn't stop the Bulldogs. The offense continued to run plays on the left side of the gym while the defense worked on the right side. Watch a  slideshow    

Dawgs come back in 4th quarter

Guy 4th straight new TCHS coach to win opener in Pit

The Toombs County Bulldogs scored two touchdowns in the final four and a half minutes of the fourth quarter to rally up a 26-21 win over Johnson making L.M Guy the fourth straight new Bulldog coach to win his inital game in the Pit. Preseason Triple A All-State back Jamar Smith scored both crucial TD's plus one in the second quarter.

Listen to the Locker Room Show  Listen to Y-101 Game Stories on the varsity and junior varsity wins Audio  Check out the Sights and Sounds from the Pit Video  Watch highlights  

Johnson bolted to a 14-0 lead on two touchdown passes by Raquan Green. The senior's 26-yard pass to JaShuan Carter, with 5:36 to play in the first quarter, put the Atom Smashers up 7-0 with the addition of Trevor Tatum's PAT. A Green to Matthew Jackson 17-yard touchdown pass pushed the Johnson lead to 14-0  just 35 seconds into the second quarter.   

Toombs finally lit up the brand new scoreboard in the north endzone, of the Pit, on a Smith four-yard run with 4:22 remaining in the second quarter. The Dawgs missed their extra point cutting the Smasher lead to 14-6. Neither team scored the rest of the half or in the third quarter.

Their was plenty of action in the final period. Junior quarterback Jordan Usher, who was very effective converting third and fourth down situations on keepers, scored on a two-yard run with 11:41 to play in the fourth quarter. Smith added a two-point conversion and the game was tied at 14-all. With eight minutes to play Green scored on a QB keeper from eight-yards out and with the PAT the Atom Smashers regained the lead at 21-14.

In the final four and a half minutes the Dawgs had the fresher offensive line and the best back on the field and that combination was difference in the game. Smith took off on a 67-yard touchdown run, breaking tackles and pulling away from the Smasher defense. Down 21-20 the Bulldogs, went for two. However, Usher was denied the conversion on a run that ended very close to the goal line. 

The game's final touchdown was set up by a Johnson mistake. The snap to the quarterback was high and Green went back inside his 10 and recovered the loose ball. However, while attempting to make a play he fumbled the ball and Bryson Smith recovered it for the Bulldogs. One play later Smith ran the ball into the end zone, from four yards away to seal the TCHS victory.  

Real games begin with JV Dawg win

 Jaelyn Outlaw (#31) leaps & turns this catch into a TD

 Jeidon Sistrunk turns on the lightning for six

 Galin Salem (#24) runs over two Tigers to score

The real Toombs County football games opened up for 2014, in Metter, with the junior varsity Bulldogs winning  21-8. Despite being dominant, the Dawg defense gave up a passing touchdown, on a 20-yard pass, and a two-point conversion in the first quarter on the Tigers' first possession. Watch highlights

Toombs scored two touchdowns in the third quarter on two big plays. Freshman quarterback Dalton McBride threw the ball 15 yards downfield to Jaelyn Outlaw. The sophomore receiver jumped up in the air and made a catch in traffic and then he broke a tackle and scored on a 48-yard play. The TCHS extra point failed leaving Metter on top 8-6 with 5:05 left in the third perod.

Freshman fullback Jeidon Sistrunk took a handoff, burst threw a hole on the right side of the offensive line, broke some arm tackles and scored on a 65-yard run. Mark Johnson added a two-point conversion run to put TCHS up 14-8 with 1:13 left in the third.

Sophomore fullback Galin Salem scored on a two-yard run late in the fourth quarter. Salem ran over two Tigers prior to crossing the goal line. Cole Williamson booted the PAT.  

Net Dawgs extend win streak to 7

The Toombs County High School volleyball team opened up the season with a two-set loss at Ware County. Since then the Net Dawgs have reeled off seven straight victories including two, at home, against Burke County 25-7 and 25-17 and West Laurens 25-23 and 25-21. Last season the Lady Bulldogs were not able to defeat West Laurens. However, so far this season the girls have beaten the Lady Raiders both home and away. Watch highlights and a slideshow

Trekking Lady Dawgs win 2-of-3

The Region 1 schedule sent the Toombs County Lady Bulldog softball team on two long trips on Monday and Tuesday. First the girls went to Savannah and swept a doubleheader with two no-hitters. Bailey Bryson struck out eight of the nine batters she faced in a 16-0 three-inning shutout of Savannah High and then Ansley Tatum struck out six in a 26-0 victory over Johnson. On Tuesday the Lady Bulldogs lost a subregion game at Pierce County 10-0. TCHS is 8-4.

Offensively, Bryson went 3-for-4 and 2-for-3 in Savannah and Tatum went 2-for-4 against Savannah, 2-for-3 against Johnson and 1-for-3 versus Pierce. Victoria Jordan went 2-for2 versus Johnson and 1-for-3 against Pierce, Courtney Moore was 2-for-2 against Savannah and Kierra Williams 2-for-3 versus Savannah.

Bulldog Football Practice

Game Week- Dawgs vs. Johnson

(#7) Nathniel Baker, (#5) Alex Ashley, (#3) Tyrese Kent & (#49) Darius Scott get to the ball

Game Week 1- The Toombs County Bulldogs began practice for Johnson-Savannah's shotgun offense. The Bulldogs will be playing a Thursday home game in the Pit which will be broadcast on MyLC on Northland Cable Channel 53-2. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. The game will be aired on Y-101 Radio with the Bulldog Pregame Show beginning at 6:30. Watch slideshow   

Day 10- On Wednesday the Bulldogs practiced in pads and shorts on a very hot day. Former Bulldog and Texas Tech defensive end Brandon Sharpe visited the Dawgs. Watch slideshow

Day 9- The Bulldogs opened their third week in pads with more offensive reps, plenty of defensive work and alot of banging by the lineman. A reporter from WJCL-TV in Savannah shot practice video and the big play of the day was a long touchdown run by Jamar Smith in the 11-on-11 scrimmage that ended practice. Watch slideshow   

Day 8- The Bulldogs are less than 24 hours away from their home scrimmage game versus Bradwell Institute. Listen to the Dawgs talk about practice and the scrimmage. You Tube  

Day 7- In their Friday scrimmage the Bulldogs will face a Bradwell Institute team that is coached by a former Georgia Southern national championship quarterback. Greg Hill will make his head coaching debut in the Pit. So, the match up will feature alot of Double Wing option offense. On Wednesday the Dawgs were working on their defense as game time approaches. Watch a slideshow   

Day 6- The Bulldogs wrapped up practice with a five-minute 11-on-11 scrimmage. Jamar Smith scored the only touchdown on a long run down the right sideline.  Smith also made some plays on defense. Wingback Javon Edwards bounced outside on a successful run. Watch a slideshow

Day 5- The Dawgs practiced for the first time in the afternoon. In addition to individual drills the Bulldogs worked on defense with the lineman and linebackers on one side of the field and the defensive backs on the other side. The threat of lightening sent the team indoors and for more than thirty minutes they practiced their offensive plays. Watch a slideshow   

Day 4- For the second straight season Jamar Smith is a preseason All-State selection. Entering the 2013 season Jamar was selected first team Double A All-State by the Atlanta Journal Consitution and Jamar did not disapoint. As a junior he ran for 2034 yards in 10 games and scored 26 of the TCHS's 34 offensive touchdowns. Smith's latest All-State honor was by MaxPreps as Jamar and Appling County senior offensive lineman Tobias Hagins were the only two Region 1 AAA players named All-State.

In the same story, new Bulldog coach L.M. Guy was named the best hire of the 11 new coaches in Triple A. Highlighted were Guy's back-to-back state championships at Robert Toombs Christian Academy and his 28-15 record at Richmond Hill which included back-to-back trips to the state playoffs and a 10-2 record in 2013. Listen to coach Guy and the Dawgs Audio

Day 3- For the first time this week the sky was blue as the Toombs County Bulldogs hit the practice field. By mid-morning the temperature was in the mid-80's. In their goal line session, Cole Dowd and Wayne Denson were penetrating into the offensive backfield from the line of scrimmage. Watch a slideshow   

Day 2- The Toombs County Bulldogs hit the practice field at 9:30 a.m. The music was blaring as they warmed up, went to individual drills and then back to the goal line, just like in day one. The Dawgs also worked on kick-off coverage and return. Watch a slideshow

Day 1- The Bulldogs put on the pads for the first time in 2014 on an overcast Monday morning. After stretching, the Dawgs went to the goal line for their first 11-on-11 contact. Next was a tackling drill that featured three different levels. A quarterback, running back and center took on a lineman and a linebacker at the first and second level and then at the third level a wide receiver blocked a defensive back. The Bulldogs also did alot of individual work in groups and they worked on special teams. Watch a slideshow  

ECI & TCHS light up the scoreboard

In their first scrimmage neither Toombs County or ECI put a single point on the scoreboard. The Dawgs played to a scoreless tie with Bradwell Institute while ECI was shutout at Vidalia. In a match up between the two in Twin City 73 points were scored including 24 straight by ECI  which allowed those Bulldogs to win the three-quarter varsity segment 38-20. The ECI junior varsity converted a two-point conversion and won the fourth quarter 8-7. Of course, these two schools have a history of piling up the points. In 2006, in the Pit, ECI  beat TCHS 56-40 and the next season, in Roundtree Stadium, ECI pulled out a 42-35 overtime victory. Listen to the Locker Room Show Audio and highlights  

The two teams exchanged 70-yard drives to open up the game. ECI hit a big pass and then scored with 7:44 to play in the first quarter on a 10-yard run by Michael Sutton, who racked up 1,128 yards and scored 10 rushing TD's in 2013. The Bulldogs answered with 3:37 to play in the first when junior quarterback Jordan Usher scored on a four-yard run.

ECI took a 14-7 lead, with 8:46 to play in the second quarter, on a four-yard run by Harvey Washington. Toombs County senior back Jamar Smith, who ran for 2,034 yards last season, scored his first touchdown of 2014 on a 27-yard run. Cole Williamson kicked his second PAT to tie the game at 14. After that Bulldog drive, ECI began its dominating run. Washington scored on an 11-yard run, ECI returned an interception for a touchdown and quarterback Rhett Gay tossed a short TD pass to a wide open receiver as ECI built up a 32-14 lead at half. 

Joshua Clark opened up the second half with 22-yard touchdown run and with 7:17 left in the third quarter ECI was up 38-14. Smith scored his second touchdown on a 21-yard run to cut the ECI lead to 38-20 with 5:10 to play in the third.

The Toombs junior varsity scored the first touchdown of the fourth quarter when freshman quarterback Dalton McBride took off down the right sideline for a 47-yard score. Sophomore quarterback Ryan Coursey also broke away from the defense and appeared  to have scored on a 70-yard run. However, a penalty brought the ball back to the 30-yard line. ECI scored on a 70-yard run by Joshua Clark and converted a two-point run.   

Net Dawgs win fifth straight match

The Toombs County volleyball team traveled to West Laurens and won two more matches giving the girls a five-match win streak. TCHS swept Baldwin 25-6 and 25-23. Shyann Davis served seven straight winning points in the second set. Then the Net Dawgs took care of West Laurens 25-19, 19-25 and 26-24. Alivia Johnson won four points with her serve as Toombs came back to win the third set.  

Lady Dawgs lose another extra inning game

 Catcher Victoria Jordan makes a diving snag

For the second time in a week the Toombs County Lady Bulldog softball team lost an extra inning Region 1 Subreion game. On Tuesday the girls dropped an 8-7 decision at Tattnall County and on Thursday at home they lost to Brantley County 7-6. Both games went eight innings. Watch highlights and a slideshow

Abby Lynn homers prior to the rain

 Abigail Lynn smashes a 1-0 pitch over the left field fence

In the top of the third inning Toombs County shortstop Abigail Lynn smashed a 1-0 pitch over the left field fence to tie the Vidalia Lady Indians 1-1. However, The non-region game never made to the seventh inning in Vidalia. At 6:35 p.m. there was lightening in the area and by 7:10 the field was soaked by heavy rain and the game was called. Vidalia scored its run in the first inning on a walk, a stolen base, a single and a RBI grounder. Watch highlights

Net Dawgs sweep Savannah schools

 Alivia Johnson (blue) battles at the net

The Toombs County volleyball team opened up its home schedule with a pair of Region 1 AAA victories over a pair of Savannah schools. The Net Dawgs lost the first set to Johnson 25-16 and then rallied winning 25-20 and 26-24. Johnson featured a 6-5 leaper named Ijeoma Odimgbe. Not only is she a fine volleyball player, but also she is one of the top senior state basketball prospects in the state. TCHS also defeated Savannah High 25-18 and 25-16. Watch highlights and a slideshow  

Lady Dawgs go 5-0 in tourney 

The Toombs County Lady Bulldogs played five games in the Tattnall County Warrior Blast Tournament and they won all five by two or more runs. On Friday the Lady Bulldogs shutout Bradwell Institute 8-0 and run-ruled ECI 17-9. On Saturday TCHS took care of New Hampstead 6-4, beat Portal for a second time this season 7-2 (Toombs won 8-0 in Lyons) and they finished the tourney with a 9-3 victory over Wheeler County.  

The Lady Dawgs will play three games in three days this week. Toombs returns to Tattnall County for a 6 p.m. subregion game on Tuesday, on Wednesday the girls will be in Vidalia for a 5:30 non-region contest and then on Thursday at 6 they will play host to Brantley County in a subregion game.

Zero's rule in the Pit

Bulldog defense swarms in scrimmage tie

In a scrimmage game between two teams with new coaches and new offenses, coming off 4-6 seasons, the defenses ruled. Head coach L.M. Guy's 3A Toombs County Bulldogs stopped head coach Greg Hill's 5A Bradwell Institute Tigers near the goal line, in the north endzone of the Pit, on the last play of the first half as the two teams played to a scoreless tie. Listen to the Y-101 Locker Room Show  Watch Highlights  

The Bulldogs best scoring opportunity was in the third quarter. Jordan Usher fooled the Tiger defense with a play fake to Jamar Smith and then ran down the Dawg sideline past midfield. Tack on a 15-yard personal foul flag against the Tigers and the Dawgs were inside the Bradwell 40. The Toombs County drive ended on the varsity's only pass of the scrimmage as Usher's throw to Rick Sanders was deflected by a Tiger DB near the goal line.

In the junior varsity quarter sophomore quarterback Ryan Coursey completed a pass to sophomore wide receiver Jaelyn Outlaw. Freshman Keshawn Morgan intercepted a pass on fourth down.

Net Dawgs open up with split

The Toombs County Volleyball season opened with a split at Ware County. TCHS, despite leading in each set, lost to Ware County 25-13 and 25-19. Toombs defeated Brooks County 25-23 and 25-16. Breanne Stanley's serve earned six straight points, Lindsey Wiggins did a good job of transitioning from defense to offense and Sydnee Standard saved a first hit off the net.  

The Big Monday Moon over Toombs County

 The whole moon was shining over Toombs County on Monday night 

Lady Dawgs beat Portal & the rain

 

 Bailey Byson pitches shutout

 

 Courtney Moore scoops a grounder

In between a more than one-hour rain delay and a game ending rain storm, the Toombs County Lady Bulldogs opened their 2014 season with an 8-0 win over visiting Portal. The Lady Dawgs excelled in all three phase of the game. Bailey Bryson started her senior season with a shutout win which featured a handful of strikeouts and only two Lady Panther hits. The TCHS defense played errorless ball for the 4 1/3 innings of the rain-shortened game and the bats came to life after the second look at Portal's pitcher who liked to work the outside part of the plate. Watch Highlights You Tube      

Bryson (2-for-2) tripled to the fence, in centerfield, in the second inning and scored on an Amanda Powell (2-for-2) infield hit to give TCHS a 1-0 lead. In the fourth Ansley Tatum reached on an error and scored on a Bryson double to right field. With Bailey on third once again, Powell singled in her second run of the game with a shot to right field. Courtney Moore (1-for-2) singled and Megan Dukes reached on a fielder's choice to load up the bases. Brittney Beckum (2-for-2) singled in a run with the bases loaded. Abigail Lynn (1-for-3) followed with a two-run single to center, Victoria Jordan (1-for-3) singled to right and then scored as Portal was unable to scoop up a grounder at short off Tatum's bat. The seven-run fourth beat the rain by mere minutes.  

Final 7-on-7 in the Pit

Nathaniel Baker beats his man for a TD 

 Rick Sanders also streaks by a Claxton DB for six

The Toombs County Bulldogs wrapped up their summer 7-on-7, in the Pit, playing host to Claxton and Bethesda (GISA). Earlier in the day the Bulldog offensive and defensive lineman traveled down to Jesup for Wayne County's Lineman Camp. The Bulldogs put on the pads for the first time and there was contact including board drills. Watch Darius Scott take on a big lineman from Ware County You Tube  

Nathaniel Baker and Cole Dowd were in both Jesup and the Pit and both caught touchdown passes in the 7-on-7. Watch highlights and check out a slide show from the 7-on-7.

Shorter Camp in the Pit

 QB Jordan Usher (right) hands off to Jamar Smith

Five coaches from Shorter University in Rome conducted a one-day offensive camp in the Pit. Montgomery County, Claxton, ECI and Richmond Hill joined the Toombs County Bulldogs. The players ran the 40-yard dash for time and then broke into groups for position work which featured detailed instruction. Watch a slideshow and highlights 

Marquee Matchups in 7-on-7 football

Dawgs vs. Indians

Mark Johnson (#29) is in position to make a stop on an Indian receiver  

Toombs County and Vidalia- the two rivals will meet for real on September 5th in the Pit. However, on July 11th they met at Buck Cravey Field minus the pads in a 7-on-7 match up. Both teams scored touchdowns in a competive battle between the two. TCHS receiver Cole Dowd snagged a TD pass from Jordan Usher on a short throw. Watch highlights and a slideshow    

Toombs vs. Calvary

Johnson catches a TD pass versus Calvary with his finger tips 

For the first time sinec Mark Stroud left Toombs County after the 2007 football season, the former Bulldog coach took on his former team in 7-on-7 in Vidalia. Last season Stroud's Calvary Cavaliers made it to the Georgia Dome for the GHSA Single Private School Championship Game. Watch highlights You Tube

Young Dawgs take on varsity in 7-on-7

 Devin Matthews stops play from the Pit turf

With the varsity Toombs County Bulldogs in Carrollton participating in a 7-on-7 tourney at West Georgia, the young Dawgs were called on to entertain Claxton and Montgomery County in 7-on-7 passing league football in the Pit. On offense freshman quarterback Dalton McBride completed passes short and intermediate passes to Kyle Reynolds, Devin Matthews and Cole Williamson and he hit on two deep balls to Mark Johnson. Watch highlights and check out a slideshow

Beasley pitches in national tourney

 Jeremy Beasley (right) and William Browning from Jeff Davis

Jeremy Beasley spent a week in Norman, Oklahoma pitching for Team Georgia in the Heartland Classic. Beasley earned a save in his first outing, pitching the eighth inning in an 8-7 victory over Texas. Beasley also pitched four innings and gave up two earned runs as a starter in an 8-7 win over Ohio. Jeremy pitched one inning in a 6-0 loss to Oklahoma that gave Georgia a fourth place finish in the tourney. So, Jeremy pitched a total of six innings and allowed two earned runs.  

Watch Jeremy get his save against Texas You Tube  and check out his slideshow  and a Y-101 Story

Coach L.M. Guy talks Bulldog Football

New Toombs County High School football coach and athletic director L.M. Guy has been on the job for a month and on a school holiday he stopped by Y-101 Radio to talk about a variety of different subjects. Watch You Tube

Building a relationship with his player- Has allowed Guy to see who is consistent in the weight room. An average of 40 or 50 players have showed up after school for workouts and chalk talks. 

Spring Practice- There won't be a two week spring practice this year. Instead the Bulldogs will play an additional scrimmage game in the Pit against Bradwell Institute. They also will scrimmage ECI.

7-on-7- Each Tuesday night, begining June 10, the Bulldogs will play host to 7-on-7 passing in the Pit which will be open to the public with no admission charge.   

Success breeds success- Guy says he needs athletes from successful programs like wrestling, soccer and baseball to play football so the Bulldogs can play essentially two-platoon ball. Guy says he has been recruiting the halls looking for potential Bulldogs.

Daily Walk- There is a desire in the community for the program to be successful with a Christian emphasis and the Daily Walk wlll be a big part of this.

Dawgs offensive scheme- The option will be a part of the scheme. At Richmond Hill Guy ran a no-huddle fast paced offense like Oregon and Auburn in the college game. The final offensive look of the Bulldogs will depend on the personel available.

Bulldog practice- Will be fast paced with players moving around. For the first 45 minutes there will be music and the players will be going at it pretty good. There will be prayer requests. It will be physical. As the season goes on their will be more drill work, stressing fundamentals, instead of 11-on-11. Practice time will be 2 1/2 hours. 

Coaching staff- There will be some new faces on the sideline along with familar ones from last season.

Richmond Hill success- Guy says he took players, who alot of people didn't think could get it done, and through player development begin producing Division 1, Division 2 and Division 3 type athletes.   

The Flying T- The emblem of the Toombs County Bulldogs is not going away. However, there may be a new spin on the Flying-T. The Bulldogs will have new uniforms in 2014.  

Toombs County's New Region

Toombs County High School has been reclassified, by the GHSA, to Triple A (from Double A) and placed in Region 1, Sub-region A with Appling County, Brantley County, Dodge County, Pierce County and Tattnall County. Sub-region B consists of Beach, Islands, Jenkins, Johnson-Savannah, Savannah, Savannah Arts and Southeast Bulloch. All new regions will become official on January 14, 2014.  

Toombs County goes from being one of the largest Double A schools to being one of the smallest in Triple A with 831 students. Twenty-one Triple A schools have more than 1,000 students including two from the Bulldogs' new region (Pierce and Appling). Dawson tops AAA with 1,087 students.

TCHS has been in a AA region with all five of their new sub-region schools in the past. As for competition, four of the five schools had at least two of three teams (football, softball and baseball) make it to the state playoffs in their most recent seasons. Only Brantley County didn't make state competition in those three sports. All five of these former Double A's have played Triple A the past two school years.

The travel will be familar and also similar for the Toombs sports teams. In Region 2, Double A TCHS traveled an average of 51.3 miles to play a game. The long trip was to Benedictine (90 miles) and the shortest was to Vidalia (seven miles). In the new sub-region Toombs will travel an average of 52 miles to play a game. The long trip will be to Brantley County (84 miles) and the shortest trip will be to Tattnall County (22 miles). 

The Bulldogs moved from Single A to Double A beginning in the 1996-97 school year. Toombs County High School spent 18 consecutive years in Double A.    

Region 1 Sub-region A Enrollment From TCHS  Football Softball Baseball
Appling County  1005 32 miles 9-3 2nd round state 14-14 1st round state  20-9 2nd round state 
Brantley County  968 84 miles 1-9 9-18  12-13 
Dodge County  872  58 miles   5-6 1st round state 22-11 2nd round state  19-12 3rd round state 
Pierce County  1085  64 miles  10-2 2nd round state  25-8 2nd round state  25-8 3rd round state 
Tattnall County   945  22 miles  5-6 1st round state 24-8 2nd round state  19-8 1st round state 
Toombs County  831    4-6  15-15  18-9  3rd round state