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2007 and 2011 TCHS Football Archive

2014 Summer 

Final Summer 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

Rainy 7-on-7 in the Pit 

 Nathaniel Baker was catching everything, even passes off his thigh

The Toombs County Bulldogs, the ECI Bulldogs and the East Laurens Falcons met for some 7-on-7 in the rain in the Pit. Quarterback Jordan Usher threw the wet football accurately to Nathaniel Baker and Cole Dowd. Javon Edwards also caught a touchdown pass. Watch highlights and a slideshow

More 7-on-7 in the Pit

  Dawgs cover this pass well as Bronza Jones leaps for pick

For the second straight Tuesday the Toombs County Bulldogs took on Claxton and East Laurens in 7-on-7 in the Pit. Left cornerback Rick Sanders had an early interception, Cole Dowd caught plenty of passes from quarterback Jordan Usher including several for touchdowns. Jamar Smith, Nathaniel Baker and Brandon Cubb were also busy receivers. Watch Highlights You Tube  Check out some more 7-on-7 pictures in this slideshow

On Thursday, June 12 the Bulldogs traveled to Athens for 7-on-7 on the campus of the University of Georgia. The Dawgs beat Decatur and Columbia (Atlanta), Check out a Slideshow

7-on-7 in the Pit

 Jamar Smith snags a pass near the south end zone

The Toombs County Bulldogs staged their first 7-on-7 Tuesday at the Pit and joining them were East Laurens, Claxton and Bulloch Academy. In each match up of schools the offense had the ball for 10 minutes and then the defense would take the field. Junior quarterback Jordan Usher threw some nice deep balls, against East Laurens, to Jamar Smith and Cole Dowd. Jamar also made a spectacular leaping interception. Watch Highlights You Tube     

Bulldogs go 7-on-7 in Auburn

 Ryan Coursey makes an indoor catch in Auburn

The Toombs County Bulldogs traveled over to Auburn to compete in a 7-on-7 Tourney against some big school competition from around the south. The Dawgs took on Byrnes High School from South Carolina. The back-to-back South Carolina state champs have won 11 total state titles and feature Marcus Lattimore (former South Carolina running back) as an alumnus. The school is nearly three times bigger than TCHS with an enrollment of nearly 2,300. Toombs also took on Callaway (Georgia), Mays (Atlanta), Niece (Tim Tebo's alma later) and Valley (7A from Alabama). The Bulldogs didn't win a game, however, they were competitive. Ric Sanders intercepted a couple of passes and Nathaniel Baker, Jamar Smith and Ryan Coursey were effective receiving targets for quarterback Jordan Usher. Watch a slideshow  

2013 Season 

TCHS holds on to season ending win

(#81) Kody celebrates after scoring a touchdown after the game

 Coach Steve Versprille with senior autographed helmet 

In a game plaqued by a multitude of penalty flags, the Toombs County Bulldogs held on to a 34-27 season ending win at Atkinson County. Jamar Smith scored four touchdowns and helped the Bulldogs build up a 21 point lead with 4:42 to play in the game. However, ATCO scored two touchdowns in 18 second to pull to within a touchdown. Demetrice Baker intercepted a pass with 11.6 seconds remaining to clinch the victory as the Bulldogs won their first road game in a 4-6 season. Watch a Game Rewind You Tube  Watch Kody Evans score his touchdown You Tube

Smith entered the game needing 311 yards to hit the 2,000 mark. The junior Atlanta Journal Constitution Preseason All-State running back accumulated a career-high 345 yards, in Pearson, giving him 2,034 for his 10-game season. Thez Robinson rushed for over 1,800 yards in his senior season, in 13 games, in 2000.

For the ninth first quarter out of ten the Bulldogs moved the ball, but they didn't score any points. Due to the rash of penalties neither team was able to sustain a drive until the Bulldogs did it twice in the final 2:54 of the first half. Smith scored a pair of seven-yard touchdown runs with 2:54 and :44 left on the clock as TCHS took a 14-0 lead at half.  

In the third quarter Smith sandwiched a pair of touchdown runs around a 35-yard pass from ATCO quarterback Tyree Johnson to K.K. Riley. Smith scored on a 47-yard run with 9:47 remaining in the third quarter. The PAT failed as the Dawgs opened up a 20-0 lead. Smith completed a drive with a 13-yard TD run to give Toombs a 27-7 advantage with 1:46 left on the third quarter clock.  

Deke Eanders, the most elusive skill position player the Bulldogs faced in 2013, scored on a 12-yard run with nine minutes to play in the game to cut the TCHS lead to 27-13. A two-yard touchdown run by senior Cameron Conner, with 4:42 remaining in the game, gave the Dawgs their largest lead at 34-13. However, this game was not on ice.

Johnson completed an ATCO drive with a one-yard run with 1:50 left to chop the TCHS lead to 34-20 and then the Rebels recovered an on-side kick and scored 18 second later on a 16-yard run by Eanders. With 92 seconds remaining the Bulldogs had a seven point lead.

The Rebels kicked the ball deeper and the Bulldogs handled it. However, TCHS fumbled on a running play and after a wild scramble and another rash of penalties the Bulldogs still had possession of the ball. ATCO was called for two personal foul penalties and TCHS one. Also, on Rebel player was ejected.

Toombs was stopped on downs and Conner punted the ball back to the Rebels. ATCO's hopes of winning its second game of the season ended when Baker picked off a Johnson pass off a deflection. Senior Chris Mobley also intercepted two passes.

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Watch game rewinds from the 2013 season  Montomgery County   Bryan County   Metter   Jeff Davis   McIntosh County Academy   Benedictine   Long County   Vidalia 

Hardy's big runs damper competitive Dawgs

On a rainy Senior Night in the Pit, Vidalia running back Tra Hardy scored on two long runs. On the Indians first play from scrimmage he traveled a total of 92-yards to give his team a 7-0 lead with 8:25 to play in the first quarter and then later with 10:26 left in the third quarter he shook free for a 49-yard TD to stake Vidalia to a 19-7 lead. Add a late 29-yard field goal by Carlos Giron and Vidalia wins the battle of Toombs County 22-7.

The Bulldogs altered their offensive game plan by lining up in the I-Formation and putting senior quarterback James Ethredge in the shot gun. On their second possession the Bulldogs put together a 65-yard drive which started in the first quarter and ended in the second quarter with Jamar Smith scoring on a four-yard run with 9:55 showing on the north end zone scoreboard. The Bulldogs converted on three fourth down plays. Senior Oswaldo Guzman's PAT tied the game at seven-all.

The Bulldogs forced three Indian turnovers. Ethredge scooped up a fumble and senior cornerbacks Chris Mobley and Demetrice Baker each intercepted a D.J. Mincey pass.

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Vidalia wins JV game

Quantarius Jones scored three touchdowns to lead the Vidalia Indian junior varsity football team to a 20-0 win over Toombs County at Buck Cravey Field. Jones scored on a two-yard wun with 6:11 to play in the first half and then on longer runs of 56 and 72-yards. Watch game action You Tube  

The Indians stopped the Bulldogs on a fourth and four run with 1:47 remaining in the first half and on the next play Jones took off on the 56-yard touchdown run. The sophomore's final 72-yard touchdown was scored with 3:07 left in the third quarter. The Indians two-point pass failed.

Brothers Javon and Jimmy Edwards both ran the ball effectively for TCHS. Bronsa Jones and Jacob Sikes made alot of tackles for the Bulldog defense.  

The B-Team Bulldogs finish their season with a 2-4-1 record. They defeated Metter 18-0 and Swainsboro 13-12 in the Pit and tied Dodge County 14-all.

Bulldog Homecoming 2013

Dawgs run to a win

Cameron Conner (#26) was the SD Sales/Y-101 player of the game 

The Toombs County Bulldogs celebrated homecoming by running the ball effectively in a 34-21 win over Long County. Jamar Smith scored four touchdowns on runs of 44, 6, 3 and 24 yards and Erion Gaffney ran 55-yards on a reverse play to open up the scoring with 11:49 to play in the second quarter. Long County Stats

Toombs County amassed a season-high 441 yards of rushing offense and put together drives of 58, 64, 66 and 51 yards. The last three ended in Smith touchdown runs. The first drive, which opened the game, ended on a fourth down play at the Long County 10-yard line.  

Smith ran for a career-high 325 yards on 30 carries averaging 10.8 yards per carry with a long run of 69-yards. Jamar's previous high game was also against Long County. In 2012 he ran for 306 yards on 36 carries in Ludowici. In his last two games against the Blue Tide he has run for 631 yards on 66 carrries for an average of 9.6 yards and has scored eight touchdowns. 

For the season, through eight games, Smith has run for 1571 yards, just three yards less than he accumulated in 10 regular season games in 2012 and he has accomplished this on just 11 more carries. Jamar is averaging 196.4 yards per game and 7.4 yards. His 21 rushing touchdowns are six more than he had all of last season.

Jamar scored his first touchdown on a 44-yard run with a 1:59 to play in the half giving the Bulldogs the lead for good at 14-8. Long County scored a touchdown on an 11-yard run by Vanda Vereen. The Bulldogs were called for offsides on the PAT, so the Blue Tide went for two and made it on a Vereen run.   

The Bulldogs didn't take advantage of all of their scoring opportunities. With 1:07 remaiming in the first half Toombs recovered a fumble at the Long 27. However, the Bulldogs lost a fumble on a pitch near midfield. On the next play Chris Mobley intercepted a Long County pass at the TCHS 15-yard line with 23 seconds remaining. Smith ran 69 yards to the Long 16. Oswaldo Guzman attempted a 32-yard field goal that came up short.

On their second possession of the second half Toombs drove 66-yards in eight plays and scored on a six yard Smith run and with the Guzman kick the Bulldog lead was pushed to 21-8 with 1:33 to play in the third quarter. Early in the fourth quarter the Bulldogs moved the ball 51-yards in seven plays and scored on a three-yard Smith run that made it 27-15 with 4:32 to play in the game. Jamar's final touchdown was set up by the Bulldog defense. Toombs stopped Long on fourth down and then Smith traveled 24-yards, the final five close to the Dawg sideline, to make it 34-15 with 2:39 to go.

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A game turns into a rout, real fast

With 3:26 remaining in the first half the Toombs County Bulldogs were in a game with undefeated Benedictine at Savannah State. Jamar Smith had just scored his 16th rushing touchdown of the season on a one-yard run and the Dawgs trailed the Cadets 14-7. However, by halftime Toombs trailed 28-7 and then by the end of the third quarter the Bulldogs trailed by 44 in what turned into a 51-13 loss, their worst defeat in nearly 20 years (49-0 at Bleckley County on October 22, 1993). Benedictine Stats

What turned this contest into a rout was a pair of non-offensive touchdowns by the Cadets. First, after a Demetrice Baker interception, the Bulldogs were intercepted. Ben Wright picked off a pass and ran it 48-yards down the Bulldog sideline and into the end zone. On their next possession the Bulldogs were forced to punt and with just 15 seconds remaining in the half Mike Huggins returned a Brandon Dowd bomb 75-yards down the Cadet sideline for a touchdown. Huggins scored on a 13-yard run with 10:10 to play in the third quarter, Jon Gaines rambled in from 16-yards out with 6:18 left  Bulldog quarterback James Ethredge was sacked in the end zone with 4:28 to go for a safety and Jack Muller scored on a 10-yard run with 1:07 left to make it 51-7 Benedictine after three quarters.

The Cadets ran for 162 yards and threw for 200. Powers completed 9-of-11 passes with a TD and an interception. Stewart caught six of those passes for 141 yards with 67 coming on one first quarter reception. In two games against the Bulldogs the junior has caught 12 passes for 265 yards and two touchdowns. Last season, in the Pit, he had six receptions for 124 yards in a game won by the Bulldogs 14-12.

The Bulldogs scored their first touchdown thanks to special teams, defense and offense. Dowd punted the ball 52-yards and the Dawgs downed it inches away from the goal line. Brandon punted the ball four times for an average of 48.8 yards. The senior is averaging 40.2 yards per punt this season. Then Cadet QB Stevie Powers fumbled the ball and TCHS recovered at the three-yard line and two playe later Smith took a James Ethredge handoff and then lowered his shoulder pads and powered the ball into the end zone. 

The fourth quarter was played with a running clock and the Bulldogs scored a second touchdown, at the 6:05 mark, on a three-yard run by Smith. Jamar was held to his second lowest rushing total of the season- 89 yards on 25 carries with a long run of 24 and an average of 3.6 per carry. For the season Smith has 1246 yards on 181 carries. He is averaging 178 yards per game and 6.9 per run with 17 rushing touchdowns and one receiving score.

On defense J.D. Rogers, who was playing linebacker, had eight solo tackles and four assists to lead the Bulldogs.    

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Dawgs storm back in 2nd half in Darian

The difference between the first and the second couldn't have been more startling down in Darian. The Toombs County Bulldogs allowed two long drives and two big pass plays as McIntosh County Academy opened up a 27-0 half time lead. But, after an impassioned locker room speech by junior All-State running back Jamar Smith the Bulldogs scored three touchdowns and shutout the Buccaneers in the second half as they pulled to within one possession or big play of pulling off a memorable comeback. Unfortunately for them an onside kick was recovered by McIntosh and the final score was 27-21 Bucaneers. McIntosh County Academy Stats

Smith ran for 208 yards on 30 carries as he averaged 6.9 yards per run. Jamar now has 1157 yards through six games and is averaging 7.4 yards a carry and 192.8 per game with 15 touchdowns.  

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The Bulldogs second half comeback continues a 2013 scoring trend. Toombs County has scored 104 of it's 147 points in the second half. 71% of their points have been scored after half time.

The Bucs opened the game driving 65 and 80-yards in the first quarter and they scored on a seven-yard run by quarterback Darry Herrington and a 31 yard run by Romello Palmer. Add a 60-yard pass touchdown pass from Herrington to Richard Romero with 24 seconds left in the first quarter and the Dawgs were down 21-0.

Herrington spotted an open Buzz Saunds and hit him with a pass which turned into a 43-yard TD play with 7:37 to go in the second quarter and Buccaneers had a 27-0 lead. The Bulldogs finally put together a drive at the end of the half. It didn't net points. But, it did give the Dawgs hope.

At half the Bulldogs took a long walk to their locker room and that's when this night began to change for this team. "We went in with our heads down and coach (Steve Versprille) talked to us and gave us a good speech," said Smith. Not only did Jamar listen but he also stepped up and challenged his teammates. "They are a team just like us. We can do it. I got there back, they got my back. I asked them who is with me and they all said I and they kept on saying that. I came out and told them to hit them in the mouth and hit them in the mouth and we can do it," added Smith. And the Bulldogs did.

In the second half, a defense that couldn't stop McIntosh suddenly could and an offense that couldn't score points, scored three touchdowns.

Toombs County took the second half kick off and drove down field and Smith score on a two-yard run with 9:02 to play in the third quarter. Oswaldo Guzman kicked the PAT to make it 27-7.

The Bulldogs second touchdown was scored on an amazing run by Smith. The situation was fourth down and eight after a five-yard TCHS penalty. Smith ran the ball into a pile and came out the other end and scored on a 54-yard run. "I broke a couple of tackles and got back up and kept on cutting to the outside and I eventually got a block by Demetrice Baker and I scored," said Jamar. Guzman booted the extra point that cut the Buc's lead to 27-14 with 32 seconds left in the third quarter.

Smith's final touchdown and 15th of the season was his longest run of his junior season. A 60-yard adventure in which Smith got to run in open space. "It was a sweep and my pulling guard Darius Scott went down the field and did a good block and I cut off of his block and cut down field and just out ran the rest of the defense," said Jamar. A third Guzman PAT pulled the Bulldogs to within in six points with 2:29 to play in the game.

The Bulldogs were called for offsides on their first onside kick attempt. On their second, from the 35, Cole Williamson's grounder was fielded by Buccaneer. McIntosh picked up one first down and then ran out the clock. 

Bulldogs score early & then often in the Pit

Jamar Smith scored the first four touchdowns and his backup Javon Edwards the last two and in between tight end Eric Hester tallied his first career TD as the Toombs County Bulldogs beat Jeff Davis 47-8 in the Pit for their first Region 2 victory of the season. Smith ran for 251 yards on 24 carries averaging 10.1 yards per carry. Smith's four touchdowns tied his career high (Long County in 2012 and the triple OT loss to Bryan County this season). Jamar has run for 949 yards through five games and he is averaging 189 yards per game and 7.5 per carry with 12 touchdowns. the Dawgs rushed for a season-high 341 yards against the Yellow Jackets. The Bulldogs stopped a three game losing streak and ran their record to 2-3 overall and 1-3 in the region. Jeff Davis Stats    

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The Bulldogs seemed determined to score their first opening quarter points of the season. They took the ball after winning the coin flip. However, they fumbled and JD recovered In the final minute of the first quarter, the Toombs defense stopped the Jackets and the Dawgs loaded up the line with all 11 players and forced a punt that wound up netting negative yardage. The Bulldogs took over at the JD 10 and then Smith ran the ball in from there with 1:09 to play in the first quarter. An Oswaldo Guzman PAT made it 7-0.

Smith scored the Bulldogs second touchdown on a 28-yard run into the north end zone with 3:22 to go in the second quarter and it looked like the they were going to take a 14-0 lead into the half. However, in the final 10 second Toombs was punting and a high snap went into the endzone and Brandon Dowd was force to nudge it out of play for a two-point safety.

Special teams helped the Bulldogs score three quick touchdowns on three Jeff Davis turnovers starting off the second half. Guzman twice kicked the ball high and short and the Yellow Jackets fumbled the ball and the Dawgs recovered the loose pigskin and JD fumbled on the first play of another possession and TCHS recovered. Through their first four games the Bulldogs had only forced thre turnovers- two fumbles and an interception. In this game JD lost four fumbles.

Smith scored on a five-yard run 31 second into the third period and then scooted 24-yards for six with 9:49 to play in the quarter. Hester finished a short Bulldog drive with 7:05 left in the third and suddenly Toombs had a 35-2 lead.

Edwards added a one-yard run with 28 seconds left in the third quarter and a 12-yard run halfway through the fourth quarter. Justin Kight scored the Yellow Jackets only touchdown in the final two minutes of a running clock fourth quarter.  

Big plays break the Bulldogs

The Metter Tigers made four big plays of over 50-yards as they raced away to a 43-21 win over the Toombs County Bulldogs in the Pit in Lyons. The loss droped the Bulldogs to 1-3 overall and 0-3 in the Region 2 standings. Metter is 3-1 and 2-1. Metter Stats  Listen to the Y-101 Locker Room Show Audio Watch the Sights and Sounds from the Pit You Tube Listen to Y-101 Radio Play-By-Play Highlights Audio

The Bulldogs came out throwing on the game's first possession and they moved to the Metter side of the field before their drive stalled. The Tigers took the ball and stuck it in the end zone on a 17-yard run by Chris Tarver. Add a Miguel Bautista PAT and the Tigers were up 7-0 with 4:02 to play in the first quarter.

Big play number one for the Tigers came on the final play of the first quarter when Justin Parrish raced away on a 66-yard TD run down the Metter sideline for six. The Tigers' two-point attempt failed so they win the first quarter 13-0. 

The Bulldogs finally got a fourth down stop on defense in the second quarter and then the offense took over and drove the ball downfield. Sophomore quarterback Jordan Usher threw his first varsity TD pass to Jamar Smith, on a 10-yard play, with 21 seconds remaining in the half. The snap on the PAT was low and holder Ben Brantley's pass for two-points was incomplete. Smith ran for 172 yards on 30 carries averaging 5.7 yards per run with a long gain of 26 yards.

The Bulldogs were hoping to begin the second half with a defensive stop. However, the Tigers big play number two was a 75-yard kickoff return that with a PAT pushed the Tiger lead to 20-6, just 11 seconds into the second half. The Bulldogs got the ball back and thought they were about to pick up a big first down on a throw from Usher to Cole Dowd. However, big play number three included a strip of the ball and a fumble recovery run of more than 50-yards down the Bulldog two. Quarterback LaQuavis Kelly scored on a two-yard run and with a two-point conversion the Tigers quickly turned a close game into a 28-6 advantage with 9:10 to play in the third quarter. Metter added another TD at the end of the third quarter on Tarver run to extend the Tiger lead to 36-6 with another two-pointer.

Toombs County scored two of the game's final three touchdowns. Smith ran 18-yards untouched with 6:01 to play in the game to make it 36-21 Metter. Javon Edwards scored on an 18-yard run. The Bulldogs bigest play of the night came on a reverse run by Erion Gaffney. The senior ran the ball 44 yards down inside the 10. However, the Dawgs were stopped on fourth down. Tigers fourth and final big play was a 59-yard  touchdown run by LaQuavis Kelly. 

Bacon County shuts out the Bulldogs

Coming off their triple over time loss to Bryan County, the Toombs County Bulldogs were shutout 18-0 on the road at Bacon County. The 1-2 Dawgs were shut out in the first quarter for the third straight game and they did not have a first down in either one of the odd periods. The Dawgs totaled six first downs and 143 yards of total offense. However, they remained in the game until the Raiders pushed their lead to three scores with 3:56 to play in the fourth quarter. The Bulldog defense allowed 18 first downs and 267 yards of total offense- 249 on the ground. Bacon County Stats Listen to the Y-101 Locker Room Show Audio  Listen to Y-101 Radio Highlights Audio

The Raiders scored their first touchdown on an 82-yard punt return by Tron Folsom. He broke away running down the Raider sideline and scored with 7:35 remaining in the first quarter. The PAT was no good. Another 41-yard punt return by D'Vonta O'Neal set up Bacon for a second touchdown. Quarterback Drell Greene, who ran for 92 yards on 12 carries, raced away for a 25-yard score to make it 12-0. Bacon, which picked up a penalty going for two-points, wound up kicking and missing for one.

Nobody scored in the second quarter although the Bulldogs showed some offensive life picking up several first downs. Chris Mobley opened up the second half with a 35-yard kickoff return that advanced the ball into Raider territory. But, the Bulldogs couldn't put together a drive against a physical Bacon County defense. Meanwhile, the Dawg "D" kept the Raiders from scoring a third touchdown until late in the fourth quarter when Folsom scored his second touchdown on a 14-yard run to the right pylon. 

Jamar Smith, who ran for over 200 yards in his first two games and scored seven touchdowns, was held to 87 yards on 20 carries. His longest run was for 18 yards. Javon Edwards had one run that netted 33 yards. The Bulldogs ran for 132 yards and averaged 4.1 yards per carry.

On defense sophomore linebacker Landon Cowart led the way with one tackle and 14 assists. Senior defensive lineman Eric Hester had four tackles and six assists. Mobley, a senior defensive back, had four tackles and two assists and he recorded the Bulldogs first interception of the season.       

Bulldogs fall in 3OT thriller

Overtimes in recent seasons haven't been kind to the Toombs County Bulldogs. Back in 2003 the Dawgs lost to Brooks County 26-20 in OT in the first round of the state playoffs in the Pit. Then in 2007 the Bulldogs rallied to tie ECI at 35-all and then they lost in an extra session 42-35. Listen to Y-101 Radio Highlights Audio  Check out the Sights and Sounds You Tube  

On a hot Friday in the Pit the 2013 Bulldogs, in their first Region 2 game, overcame a 13-0 first half deficit. However, they lost in triple overtime to Bryan County 34-27. Jamar Smith scored two touchdowns in regulation to tie the game at 13 and then two more in overtime. The Redskins scored a TD in the third OT and then their defense layed a hit on Smith, as he was running hard for a first down, jarring the ball loose and ending a long night for both teams. Smith tallied his second straight 200-plus rushing game. The junior had 208 yards on 34 carries. He had a long run of 23 yards and averaged 6.1 yards per carry. Smith has run for 439 on 52 rushes for the season and is averaging 8.4 yards per run. Bryan County Stats  Listen to the Y-101 Locker Room Show Audio

The Redskins put together a 70-yard scoring drive in the first quarter which featured three fourth down conversions. Two on offensive plays and one on a fake punt. Quarterback Jeremy McClendon threw a short pass and receiver Raekwon Love turned it into a 30-yard touchdown with a run down the Redskins' sideline. Bryan County went for two-points and failed giving the Redskins a 6-0 lead with 4:25 to play in the period. The Bulldogs had one first down in the first quarter and they turned the ball over on an interception on their first possession.

Toombs turned the ball over on a fumble in the second quarter. The Dawgs turned the ball over four times losing three fumbles and throwing a pick. The Redskins recovered the ball at the Dawg 37 and scored after a timeout from the 12-yard line. Damion Dixon was inserted into the Wildcat Formation and he took the snap and scored to put Bryan County up 13-0 with 1:39 to play in the first half.

Sophomore Jordan Usher took over at quarterback for TCHS and made a first down run that set up Smith for a 15-yard touchdown run with 1:04 to play in the half. The Bulldogs PAT failed so it was 13-6 Bryan County at the half. 

The Bulldogs tied the game at 13-all with 4:53 to play in the third quarter. Usher made a fine play fake that fooled the Redskin defense and he took off on a first down run. Smith finished the drive with a six-yard run that was similar to many he had in middle school. He broke tackles all the way to the end zone. Oswaldo Guzman tied the game with the extra point. 

Neither team scored in the fourth quarter, although the Dawgs had several chances. Toombs recovered a fumble at the Bryan 35 with 6:01 to play. The Bulldogs drove down to the 17 setting up a 34-yard field goal attempt for Guzman. He booted one of the same distance against Montgomery County into the north end zone. However, he missed his kick to the south end zone by a small margin.

The game went to overtime and each team got the ball at the 15-yard line. The Redskins scored on a three-yard quarterback run by McClendon out of the T-formation and they kicked the PAT to take a 20-13 lead. The Bulldogs countered by converting a fourth down on a Javon Edwards run and then Smith scored on a two-yard carry. Guzman drilled the PAT to make it 20-all.  

Both teams scored a touchdown and kicked an extra point in the second overtime. Smith scored his fourth TD of the night and seventh of the season on a two-yard run and McClendon threw to Dixon in the end zone for a 14-yard completion.  

The game was decided in the third overtime. Nick Scott scored on a fourth down run of five yards and Terry Hardy took care of the PAT and the Bulldogs were stopped on fourth down and four at the nine to give the Redskins their first ever victory over Toombs County in their sixth try. The Dawgs final possession began with a five-yard penalty.

Bulldogs reel off 31 points in 18 minutes

The Toombs County Bulldogs scored four touchdowns and kicked one field goal in an 18 minute span in a 31-6 season opening win over Montgomery County in the Pit. The non-region victory made Steve Versprille the third straight Bulldog coach to win his inital game in Booster Stadium. Coaches Mark Stroud and Shane Williamson each were one-point victors in their Dawg debuts in 1992 and 2008. Montgomery County Stats

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After a scoreless opening quarter, Atlanta Journal Constitution Double A All-State running back Jamar Smith took off on a 42-yard run in to the north end zone. Smith ran for 231 yards on 18 carries averaging 12.8 yards per carry. Oswaldo Guzman kicked the PAT to put TCHS up 7-0 with 10:01 to play in the second quarter. A 58-yard Smith run set up a nine-yard TD carry by Landon Cowart with 6:21 left on the second quarter clock. A second Guzman boot made it 14-0. The Guzman drilled a 34-yard field goal with 4:05 left giving TCHS a 17-0 halftime lead.

Smith scored his second and third touchdowns in the third quarter on a four-yard tote with 8:09 remaining and a nine-yard run with 4:21 left. Guzman nailed both second half extra points and holder Ben Brantley helped him one the second one by placing a high snap down on the tee.

The Eagles scored their first ever points against the Toombs County Bulldogs on an 83-yard run by Bakari Woods. Toombs shutout the Eagles 125-0 in three wins in 1994, 1995 and 2012. Brantley, who was subbing for an injured Cameron Connor at middle linebacker, led the Bulldogs with four tackles. The junior also had a sack and forced a fumble. 

JV Dawgs rally in Pit win

 Serious Bulldog pressure in the 2nd half

 Leads to a Pick 6 interception by Mark Johnson

The Toombs County Junior Varsity football team rallied from a 12 point deficit and the Bulldogs pulled out a 13-12 Pit win over Swainsboro on a 15-yard touchdown run by Ryan Coursey with 1:19 to play in the game. The JV Dawgs have now won two games in a row in the Pit and are 2-1. Watch game action You Tube

Swainsboro scored a touchdown on the game's first possession and another on a 33-yard run with 7:17 to play in he third quarter. Toombs scored it's first touchdown on an interception return by Mark Johnson. Sophomore place kicker Cole Williamson booted through his first Bulldog PAT after the TD. Brandon Cubb, who made numerous plays from his defensive end position ended the game with an interception. Tyler Peebles had two picks and Bronsa Jones had one. Wayne Denson was also active on the defensive line and stopped a two-point conversion in the offensive backfield.   

Red rules scrimmage game in Pit

The varsity players two touchdowns and the junior varsity one as the Red defeated the White 20-0 in the first Spring Game under new head coach Steve Versprille. Both teams turned the ball over repeatedly on offensive fumbles, on the wet field, which gave the Red a chance to score on two short field drives.

Sophomore-to-be quarter Jordan Usher threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Erion Gaffney, with seven second remaining in the first quarter, to give the Red a 6-0 lead. There was no kicking or punting in the scrimmage and the Red failed on the two-point conversion.

The varsity teams played the first quarter and a half before turning the game over to the JV for the last four minutes (eight minute quarters) of the second quarter and the first four of the second. Mark Johnson scored on a 15-yard run for the Red JV and he ran in the two-pointer, with just 10 seconds remaining in the first half, to put the Red up 14-0 at half.

Landson Cowart scored the final touchdown on a 65-yard run in which he left the White team defense in his rear view mirror. Cowart also had several nice runs, in the 10-yard range, and he also played well at linebacker earning the sophomore-to-be the first ever Kevin Hill Player of the Spring Game Award. "I had no idea of ever actually doing this," said Cowart. "I think I excelled on offense a good bit. At first I started off a little slow. But, I hung in there and I remembered all of my assignments and the coaches helped me out.. Cowart said working with running back coach Neal David helped him on his long run, "He's really helped us with all of our stuff we needed to know."

As is the rule in most spring scrimmage games the defense ruled, "I liked the way we played on defense on both teams even though we gave up some plays on the White team," said Versprille. "Defensively we played solid. We've got some good players. When you split them up like that you never know what might happen.  

Dawgs work on 4-3 Defense

In 2013 the Toombs County Bulldogs will run a 4-3 defense and at spring practice on Wednesday the Dawgs tested their number one defense. Sophomore-to be Landon Cowart lined up as the Will (weak side) linebacker. "You have to be really, really fast to get to where you need to be and back people up whether it's to your side or not," said Cowart. 

Bronza Jones will also be a sophomore next season and he was working at the Sam (strong side) linebacker position. "Mostly I have to make sure the quarterback doesn't get outside and just keep him contained," said Jones about defending the Bulldogs' split-back veer.

Coach Steve Versprille says a lot of guys are giving a lot of effort at the three linebacker positions. "Linebacker in our defense is a lot of read, a lot of discipline and sometimes when we get a little tired we forget those kind of things and lose our technique," Looking ahead to next season Versprille would like to have a four man rotation at the three linebacker positions, "I would like to go in with the three guys that play their position and one guy that can play all three." Watch a Bulldog Slideshow  

Dawgs learn the Veer

QB Chris Mobley looks for the open receiver 

This spring the Toombs County Bulldogs are learning a new offensive. One that new coach Steve Versprille ran while an assistant coach in his hometown of Norfolk, Virginia. It is called the split-back veer. This is an offense that Bill Yoemans ran, with a lot of success, at the University of Houston. Last year the Bulldogs ran the power-I and the I-formation. "In the past we learned more of a wishbone and everything is close together," said offensive guard Brandon Douglas. "This year we spread out the people and it is more one-on-one and you have to trust your teammates. You have to be more agile and flexible. You have to read and try to cut them off."

The quarterback, in the split-back veer, has to do a lot of reading of the defense. "I have to make my reads. We didn't do that last year and it's something I have never done," said quarterback Chris Mobley. "I am getting the hang of it and it's not that hard if you keep practicing it and get used to it." Jordan Usher was also taking snaps at quarterback on Tuesday. Watch some practice moments You Tube  

Dawgs start 2nd week on D

The Toombs County Bulldogs opened up their second week of spring football practice with a workout that emphasized defense. "I think we're big, we're strong," said head coach Steve Versprille. "We're not fast yet. But, were are going to get there. It is just impressive to me the way these kids are buying into what our coaching staff is putting out there and they are selling out and giving us everything they got. I can't say enough about Tavis Furman. He has come a long way in a week. He is buying in in the weight room and on practice field. He looked very impressive today at defensive tackle. Cameron Conner filling on an iso-play looked great. That is what I want to see out of a middle linebacker. Of course, Eric Hester is solid all the time. He is a Division 1 player and he is showing that on the practice field. Just hopefully they can transfer that to the field on Friday night. Watch some practice moments You Tube  

Versprille's First Bulldog Practice

111 Toombs County Bulldog football players showed up for new coach Steve Versprille's first spring practice. The Bulldogs spent a majority of the time learning the new Split-Back Veer offense. 

"We worked mainly on offense," said Versprille. "I can't tell you how happy I am about the enthusiasm the kids showed and the numbers. A lot of kids out there to choose from. A lot to look at. It was slow at first and then we got into our team offense and we kind of clicked for awhile. But, then we kind of got complacent. That's going to happen. Overall the day was a success." Verseprile did alot of hands on coaching with the offense, "We worked on the inside and outside veer. We did a little defense on varsity and mainly defense on junior varsity. We threw a little tight end pop to throw the ball a little."

Verseprille says there are five things he is emphasizing, "Discipline, commitment, toughness, effort and pride. If we jell with those five things I think we are going to be pretty successful and that's what we are preaching. If you look around the locker room, you are going to see those five words." Watch a Bulldog Slideshow   

2012 Season

Dawgs season ends with 2 mini losses

The Toombs County Bulldogs 2012 season came to an end at Long County with a pair of frustrating mini-game losses- 6-0 to Benedictine and 7-0 in the first overtime to Bacon County. Benedictine will head to the playoffs as the third season from Region 2 and the Cadets will play at Laney while Bacon goes as the fourth seed and the Raiders will travel to Screven County. The Bulldog season ends with a 7-3 record, their first winning season since their Elite 8 run in 2008. 

Benedictine scored the game-winning touchdown with 3:57 to play in the second half on a 26-yard pass from left-handed quarterback Stevie Powers to John Gaines. The Cadets PAT hit the left upright and was no good. The Bulldog's Michael Sulton picked off a Powers pass in the first half. Neither team made it into the red zone in the first half.

The Bulldogs took the first half kick in the second mini-game and drove down to the Bacon County five-yard line. Quarterback Ben Brantley threw a first down pass to Mark Terrell and Jamar Smith had several effective runs and nearly turned the corner and made it to the end zone. The possession ended on with Raider interception.

In overtime the Raiders had the ball first. Tomond Hampton made a tackle 10-yards behind the line of scrimmage on the first play. However, Bacon recovered and scored on a high throw from quarterback Matt Thrift to Greg Wright in the end zone. The PAT was good.

Toombs County suffered a negative play on it's only possession of overtime. The Bulldogs season came to an end on an interception near the goal line on a pass nearly caught by Gary Terrell.  

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Senior Night Success, Mini-Games Are Next

On a night in which 12 seniors were honored in the Pit, the Toombs County Bulldogs moved closer to their first trip to the playoffs, since the 2008 season, by beating Atkinson County 37-6. In Darien McIntosh County Academy held off Benedictine 28-21 and in Alma, Bacon County defeated Bryan County .

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The 7-3 Bulldogs dominated their final regular season game on both sides of the line of scrimmage. On offense Jamar Smith (63 and 35-yards) and Mark Terrell (13 and 47-yards) each scored two touchdowns. Quarterback Ben Brantley started the night with a one-yard keeper and Oswaldo Guzman kicked his first field goal, an 18-yarder from an extreme angle. ATCO's only touchdown was scored against the Bulldogs second string defense on a long run.

Indians runaway with rivalry win

In their 41-7 home win over the Toombs County Bulldogs, the Vidalia Indians broke several trends established by the Dawgs in their first eight games of the season. In every game, but the McIntosh game in the Pit, the Bulldogs were the first team to score. In this game played before a packed Buck Cravey Field crowd the Indians scored 27 first half points before the Bulldogs crossed the goal line with 5:26 to play in the third quarter on a pick-six interception by Chris Mobley.

In winning six of their first eight games, the Bulldogs had allowed an average 111.6 rushing yards a night. However, the Indians scored four rushing touchdowns and ran for 302 yards averaging eight yards a carry. Senior tailback Juan Foster, who was very tough to tackle, crossed the goal line on runs of 11 and five-yards in the first half. The senior ran for 202 yards on 26 carries. McIntosh County Academy's Nick Cummings accumulated 171 yards on 16 runs against Toombs in the Pit.

For the second straight Dawg/Indian matchup a team jumped to a 12-0 advantage. Last year it was the Bulldogs who took the double-digit lead. This time it was the Indians, who scored on a Foster run, a safety and a 36-yard field goal by Dakota Paradice.

Trailing 12-0, the Bulldogs moved down field on a long run by Jamar Smith. However, the drive ended when TCHS threw an interception in the red zone.  

The Indians clinched the Region 2 championship with their victory while the Bulldogs are still seeking their first trip to playoffs since the 2008 season. A regular season victory over Atkinson County, on Senior Night in the Pit, will give TCHS a 6-3 region record.

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   TCHS Homecoming 2012

Oh, What A Night!

The Big Day begins with a Dawg Walk. Mark Terrell (front) and Valante Guerrero are greeted by their Bulldog fans.   

The Big Night ends with a Big win 

In between, at half, Emma Venable (left) is the Homecoming Princess and Terri Sandoval is the 2012 Homecoming Queen.  

The Toombs County Bulldogs had been in this situation once before. Control a game with their defense and then try and hang on at the end. In September the Bulldogs lost a 7-6 home game to Bacon when the Raiders scored in the final half minute. On a nice October homecoming night Toombs held off Benedictine for a 14-12 Region 2 victory. The Cadets scored a touchdown with 1:02 to play and their two-point pass for the tie was knocked away by Chris Mobley.

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The Bulldogs controlled time of possession in the first half as they took a 14-0 halftime lead. Jamar Smith scored the game's first touchdown on a two-yard run completing a short drive which was set up by a Cadet fumble. Oswaldo Guzman's PAT made it 7-0 TCHS with 2:42 to play in the first quarter.

Smith made it 14-0 with 3:25 left in the second quarter on a 62-yard TD run down the Bulldog sideline going to the south endzone. Fullback Cameron Conner made a key block down field. Jamar ran for 190 yards on 35 carries and for the season has amassed 1228 yards and is averaging 153.5 per game and 7.3 per carry, 

The Bulldog defense, which has been a dominating force throughout the season, kept the Cadets multiple offense off the scoreboard for 45 minutes and 11 seconds. The Dawgs made 10 tackles behind the line of scrimmage and allowed the Cadets 221 yards of total offense, just 14 were gained on the ground. Casey Hughes finished a Benedictine drive with a two-yard run to make it 14-6 with 2:49 to play in the fourth quarter. Michael Kersey busted through the line and blocked the PAT to keep it an eight-point game. 

After a Bulldog three and out Benedictine drove 68-yards with it's spread offense and scored on a 23-yard throw and catch from backup left-handed quarterback Stevie Powers to Brad Stewart.

After the Cadets failed two-point conversion they tried an onside kick recovered by TCHS's Anthony Britt. Bulldog quarterback Ben Brantley took a couple of knees from the victory formation and the Bulldogs improved to 6-2 overall and 5-2 in the region headed to Vidalia.

Smith tallies 306 yards in Dawg win

Sophomore tailback Jamar Smith ran for a career-high 306 yards on 36 carries and scored four touchdowns as the Toombs County Bulldogs kept their playoff wishes alive with a 33-20 win at Long County. Smith scored on runs of seven and 28-yards in the first quarter and one and 49-yards in the final period. Smith has now accumulated 1038 yards for the season and is averaging 148 per game and 7.8 per run. Since becoming a fulltime offensive tailback, Jamar has run for 863 yards in four games and is averaging 216 per night and 8.3 per carry. 

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The Bulldogs, who built up a 21-0 lead at half, had to withstand a Blue Tide rally in the second half. Josh Berry opened the third quarter by returning a kickoff 96-yards for a touchdown. Then he cut the lead to 21-12 with two minutes remaining in the third on a 36-yard run. Smith pushed the TCHS lead to 27-12 finishing a Bulldog drive with a one-yard TD run with 11:36 to play in the fourth quarter. The Blue Tides final touchdown, a 12-yard run, plus a controversial two-point conversion cut the TCHS lead to 27-20 with 7:35 to play in the game. The Bulldogs tought the Long back running the Wildcat Formation was stopped short of the goal line.

Toombs went three and out and punted the ball to Long. However, the Dawg defense stepped up and made it third and long and Tamond Hampton sacked quarterback Jacob Turner for a big loss forcing a Blue Tide punt. Gary Terrell returned a deep kick to the Long 49-yard line and then Smith put the game away with his run down the Bulldog sideline.

Jamar finished the opening possession of the game with a seven-yard TD run with 6:56 to play in the first quarter. Oswaldo Guzman's PAT made it 7-0. Smith ended the first quarter with a 28-yard touchdown run that made it 13-0 with no time left on the clock.

Mark Terrell stepped in for Smith as the tail of the I-Formation and scored on a five-yard run with 2:40 to play in the second quarter. Quarterback Ben Brantley threw a short pass to Xavier Horne for the two-point conversion. Horne was playing in his first Bulldog game since transfering back to Toombs County from Robert Toombs Christian Academy.

Turnovers turn a close game into a 3 TD Buc win

In their first five games the Toombs County Bulldogs turned the ball over eight times (five lost fumbles and three interceptions). In their Pit match up with McIntosh County Academy, the Bulldogs lost three fumbles and had a punt blocked in a 33-12 loss. Not only did the turnovers aid the Bucs by giving them good field position, it also hampered the Dawgs in their scoring opportunities. 

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McIntosh scored the game's first touchdown on a fourth and one play when Romello Palmer drove into the end zone with 1:59 left in the first quarter. The Bulldogs had stopped the Bucs on a fourth down play at the Dawg 11 on a pass breakup by Chris Mobley. Then Toombs committed it's first turnover of the night fumbling the ball away and the Bucs scored on their second chance in the red zone.

Toombs countered with one long run. Tailback Jamar Smith (18 carries 121 yards) played off a block from fullback Cameron Conner and then picked up another block from receiver Demetrice Baker. Next Jamar had to tippy toe down the sideline at midfield. Once that was accomplished he had to use his speed, after a veer to the left, to beat the Bucs' super quick secondary. Smith did and scored on an 81-yard run with 53 second left in the first quarter. The Bulldogs extra point try was smushed before the kick could be attempted leaving McIntosh on top 7-6.

A Toombs fumble in the red zone set up McIntosh for a second touchdown. TCHS quarterback Ben Brantley hit Tomond Hampton on a slant pass and the senior ran the ball down to the McIntosh 12. Moments later the Bulldogs lost their second fumble at the Buc 10 and the visitors made the Bulldogs pay. Quarterback Darry Herrington threw a short Buzz Saunds caught it and raced to the end zone for a 90-yard touchdown that put the Bucs up 14-6 with 9:09 to play in the second quarter. Later in that quarter McIntosh blocked a TCHS punt and the Bucs kicked a 23-yard field goal with no time left on the clock to take a 17-6 lead at half.

McIntosh scored the first TD of the second half on a four-yard run by Nick Cummings (16 carries for 171 yards)to take a 23-6 lead with 2:04 to play in the third quarter. Next Herrington (12-16 for 208 yards and two TD's) hit tall Tre Scott in the endzone on a short pass to the 6-5 receiver, giving the Bucs a 30-6 lead with 35 seconds remaining in the third quarter.

The Bulldogs final touchdown came on a strange play. Quarterback Ben Brantley (8-16 for 117 yards and one TD) was hit as he was attempting a pass. The Ball deflected up in the air and Smith caught it up and ran four-yards for his second TD of the night. With 6:59 to play in the third quarter the McIntosh lead waas 30-12. The Bucs ended the scoring by kicking a 35-yard field goal with 3:41 to play.

Dawgs roll up 41 in 3rd shutout win

The first two minutes of the Toombs County Bulldogs Region 2 game at Jeff Davis set the tone for the next 46 minutes. Bulldog junior defensive back Chris Mobley picked off a pass at the Yellow Jacket 45-yard line and then sophomore tailback Jamar Smith ran 43-yards, down a wide open right side of the field, for the first of his three straight touchdowns in a 41-0 victory. Jamar also scored on a 12-yard run on fourth down with 1:47 to play in the first quarter and on a 39-yard effort with 11:31 left in the second quarter. 

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Mark Terrell scored two touchdowns. His first, a 24-yard run with 8:18 to play in the second quarter, gave Toombs a 28-0 halftime lead. Terrell scored the first TD of the second half on a two-yard sweep. Ben Brantley scored on a fourth down keeper from two-yards out to end the Bulldog scoring with 8:46 left in the game.

The Yellow Jackets best chance to score was set up by the Bulldogs only turnover. Brantley and Smith collided on a handoff and the Yellow Jackets scooped up the loose ball in the red zone at the TCHS 18. However, the Dawgs were determined to preserve their third shutout of the season. Tomond Hampton, who played a limited amount of plays on defense, broke through and sacked the quarterback on fourth down to end the threat. 

Revamped Bulldogs take care of Metter

Coming off a one-point home loss to Bacon County, the Toombs County Bulldogs made some significant changes prior to their road trip to Metter. They broke out of the wishbone and featured sophomore Jamar Smith as the tail of their I-formation and they turned some key Bulldogs into one-way players- offense or defense. The end result was a fresher team in the fourth quarter and a 21-6 Region 2 victory improving the Dawgs to 3-1 overall and 2-1 in the region. Smith ran for 215 yards on 35 carries and averaged 6.1 yards per rush.  

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After yielding a first down to Metter on the opening possession of the game, the Bulldogs drove 63-yards for their first touchdown and Smith was responsible for every yard on the drive. The offensive line opened up a big hole for Smith's final carry and he darted to the left and down the sideline for a 15-yard TD run. Oswaldo Guzman tacked on the PAT to give TCHS a 7-0 lead with 6:23 to play in the first quarter.

The Bulldogs have only yielded 13 points all season and both touchdowns have come with about a half-a-minute remaining on the clock. Bacon County scored it's game-winner with 37 seconds left on the Pit clock and Metter touched the end zone with 32 seconds remaining in the first quarter. Tiger quarterback Jacob Wedincamp fired a sideline pass to Malik Kelley and the sophomore receiver turned it into a 32-yard TD play. The Metter extra point was blocked by the center of the Bulldog line.

The Tigers began to clamp down on the Bulldogs running game so quarterback Ben Brantley took to the air and threw a slant in pass to Tomond Hampton. The senior made a nice catch and then broke a tackle and raced into the endzone for a 45-yard touchdown with 1:15 to play before halftime. Guzman nailed the PAT to give the Bulldogs a 14-6 lead at the break.

In their loss to Bacon, the Bulldogs were trying to add to their one-possession lead in the second half. However, they didn't and they paid the price. Against Metter, Toombs drove 77-yards in the fourth quarter and scored on third and 10 on another big pass play. Anthony Britt, who took over at receiver for Hampton (left game with second half injury), caught a pass from Brantley near the sideline and slipped away and scored on a 46-yard completion with 6:15 to go. For Brantley it was his third TD pass of the season and second of the night. The last time a Bulldog quarterback threw two touchdown passes was the second game of the 2009 season when Berry Aldridge (also a sophomore) threw scoring strikes to Javec King (27-yards) and Kevin Dennard (24-yards) in a 41-0 home win over Southeast Bulloch.

Late Bacon TD edges Dawgs 7-6

The only touchdown the Toombs County have allowed in 12 quarters of football led to their first loss of the 2012 season. Dajuan Merritt crossed the goal line on a two-yard run with 33 seconds left in the game and then T.J. Wiley kicked the extra point to give the Raiders a 7-6 win in their second trip into the Pit.

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The Bulldog defense, "The Crew", shut out Montgomery County and Bryan County for four full quarters each and that same "D" kept Bacon out of the endzone for 47 minutes and 27 seconds. In total the Dawgs held their first three opponents scoreless for 143 minutes and 27 seconds. Four fourth down stops- two in each half- kept the Raiders from sustaining a scoring dive until the end of the game.

Toombs County took a 6-0 lead with 4:14 remaining in the second quarter on a one-yard run by quarterback Ben Brantley. The Bulldogs drove 89-yards for their touchdown and big chunk of that yardage (39-yards) came on a long run by Demetrius Taylor. The Bulldog PAT drifted off to the left in the north endzone.

Bulldogs smother Bryan County 19-0

The Toombs County Bulldog defense set the tone early in their Region 2 opener at Bryan County that it wasn't going to be easy to run against their front five. Tomond Hampton, Jamar Smith Brandon Dowd, Eric Hester, Brandon Beckum and Anthony Britt all helped the Dawgs control the line of scrimmage in a 19-0 win.

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On the Redskins first possession TCHS forced a third down pass that was intercepted by a blitzing Cody Dowd. The senior linebacker then raced 30 yards for his first Bulldog touchdown. "It was a run read, the guard pulled and I ran down hill and when I realized it was a pass I just got back in my zone and I read the quarterback's eyes and I jumped on the pass," said Dowd. Oswaldo Guzman's PAT put Toombs up 7-0 with 10:23 to play in the first quarter.

The Bulldogs next two touchdowns were scored on fourth and two runs by Smith. The sophomore halfback scored on a 31-yard run with 4:31 to play in the first half and a 12-yard bruising carry in which he broke several tackles before crossing the goal line. "I had a good block from my fullback Cameron Conner, my running back Mark Terrell and my tight end Tamond Hampton and I broke outside, broke a tackle and ran down field," Smith said about his first touchdown. "The second one I just ran 34 like coach told me to and got behind my blockers, kept on pushing and got into the endzone," said Jamar.

Bulldogs pile up the points quickly

The Toombs County Bulldogs scored three offensive touchdowns in their first eight plays as they piled up the points in a 47-0 season opening victory at Montgomery County. Toombs scored all of it's points in the first half. Gary Terrell, Tomond Hampton and Demetrius Taylor each scored a pair of TD's. Listen to Y-101 Radio's Locker room show with player interviews Audio  Check out the Sights and Sounds and the Red Coat Marching Band You Tube

Gary Terrell opened the scoring ending a three-play drive with a 22-yard run, just 14 seconds into the game. The Eagles touched an onside kick attempt before it traveled 10-yards, setting the Bulldogs up at the MC 48. Mark Terrell, who set up Gary's first touchdown with two first down runs, scored the Dawgs' second touchdown on a fifty-four yard breakaway run that included a devastating cut inside the 20-yard line with 7:45 to go in the first quarter.

The Bulldogs third touchdown came three minutes later on the third play of a 52-yard drive as Gary Terrell traveled the final eight-yards into the endzone with 4:52 remaining in the first. Jamar Smith broke free for the other 44-yards on a run down the sideline.

Hampton scored the next two touchdowns. His pressure from the defensive line forced the Montgomery County quarterback into a double hit by Smith and Anthony Britt. Their contact jarred the ball loose and Tomond scooped it up and ran about 10-yards for six with 4:12 left on the first quarter clock that increased the TCHS lead to 28-0. Hampton's second score was the end result to starting quarterback Ben Brantley's first varsity TD pass of his career. The eight-yard reception with 1:07 to play in the first gave TCHS a 34-0 lead.

Taylor scored a pair of five-yard touchdowns on two runs with 8:36 and 4:02 remaining in the second quarter. The Bulldogs did not yield a first down in the first half.  

Scrimmage Game- TCHS 20, Dodge County 19

On the Pit scoreboard the Toombs County defeated Dodge County 20- 19 in their scrimmage game in Lyons. However, when the game was over nobody dressed in red was happy with the first two quarters of the game. That was the match up of the varsity starters and Dodge County scored two touchdowns in the opening quarter on two short runs of eight and three yards by senior Marcus Brown. The first touchdown ended a 70-yard drive and the second capped a 38-yard drive that was set up by a Bulldog fumble. Watch highlights You Tube  Check out the Sights and Sounds from the Pit You Tube  

Toombs County scored two touchdowns in the third quarter. Senior safety Gary Terrell picked up a fumble and ran the ball in to the red zone and senior Mark Terrell ended the drive with a six-yard touchdown run. Senior Demetrius Taylor scored three minutes later on a short TD run which was set up by a long run by Mark Terrell. In the final quarter, played without a running clock, freshman Nathan Belch broke free and ran the ball 65-yards into the north end zone for his first Pit touchdown.

Junior Varsity

Vidalia takes JV Game

QB Jordan Usher (#11 right) dives for a Dawg first down 

The Vidalia Indians Junior Varsity football team scored on three runs of 20-yards or more in a 21-0 win over Toombs County in the Pit. The Bulldog JV finishes with a 4-3 record. Watch highlights You Tube

Vidalia turned a TCHS fumble into six points on a 48-yard run with 3:19 to play in the first quarter. A 20-yard run with 9:23 remaining in the second quarter staked the Indians to a 14-0 lead at half. Vidalia ran a reverse play for a touchdown with 4:05 left in the game.

TCHS drove down to the 11 and threw an interception in the endzone to end the game. Erion Gaffney made two tackles behind the line of scrimmage including a sack. Jordan Usher also had a sack. Brandon Chubb and Tyrese Kent also made tackles for a loss. Alex Ashley and Rick Sanders each had an interception.

Dodge scores late TD to beat JV Dawgs

 Jacob Sikes (number 8) meets Dodge back head on 

Bulldogs grab (number 11) Clint Thompson's jersey 

Dodge County freshman quarterback Clint Thompson scored three touchdowns and a two-point conversion as his Indians remained undefeated with a 20-14 victory over the Toombs County High School Junior Varsity football team in the Pit. The Bulldogs are 4-2 with a home game on November 1, in the Pit, against Vidalia remaining on their schedule. Watch highlights You Tube

Thompson broke a 14-all tie with 2:17 remaining in the game by running 49-yards to the right pylon, in the south endzone, for the game-winning touchdown. One play earlier the Bulldogs thought they had taken the lead on a 38-yard pass from freshman quarterback Jordan Usher to Erion Gaffney. The Dawgs were called for two penalties on the play- not having enough men on the line of scrimmage and offensive pass interference. The result was the Bulldogs did not get to repeat fourth down and instead the Indians took over possession of the ball.

In the first quarter, after a timeout, Thompson, who is also Dodge's punter, took the deep snap and threw for a first down. Next he completed two passes and then used a devastating play fake to his back to open up space down the left sideline for an eight-yard touchdown run. Thompson also ran the ball in for the two-point conversion which put the Indians up 8-0 with 1:53 left on the first quarter clock.

Toombs County sophomore running back Javon Edwards slipped through a tiny hole in the offensive line and ran 40-yards to set up the Dawgs first score. Usher ran for two-yards up the middle for a TD and threw a pass to Edwards for the two-point conversion which tied the game at 8-all with 6:29 to play in the second quarter.

Thompson sparked the Dodge offense by completing a long pass and then he scored his second touchdown on another a play fake and a 38-yard run. The Indians PAT kick was short so their lead was 14-8 with 4:45 to play in the first half.

In the third quarter Toombs County's Cole Dowd stuffed a Dodge running play on fourth down and then the Bulldogs drove down field. Usher drew the Indians offsides on fourth and four and then later he handed the ball freshman Tyrese Kent, who followed fullback Wayne Denson and Edwards to the goal line. Kent finished the eight-yard run by going low and powering into the endzone. The Bulldogs two-point try failed as Usher was tackled rolling to his left looking for an open receiver. The game was tied at 14 with 9:14 to play in the fourth quarter.  

JV Bulldogs run past SEB

Erion Gaffney (number 12) sacks the SEB QB 

The Toombs County Junior Varisty Bulldogs set the tone early in their road game at Southeast Bulloch that they were in Brooklet to run the football. A bevy of backs and their offensive line kept the ball moving downfield in a 26-7 victory which improved the team's record to 4-1. Watch highlights You Tube

SEB set the Bulldogs up with a short field on their first possession. The Jackets bobbled a Dawg punt and Brandon Chubb recovered the fumble at the SEB 44. Quarterback Jordan Usher threw a pass to Carlos Eason and Landon Cowart finished the drive with a two-yard TD run. Usher threw a slant to Eason for the two-point conversion and TCHS had a 8-0 lead with 5:36 to play in the first quarter.

Usher and Eason combined on a 25-yard touchdown pass play with 3:47 left in the second quarter to put Toombs on top 14-0. Eason, a 6-5 sophomore, has caught a TD pass in three straight games. The Dawgs two-point pass attempt failed.

In the second half Rick Sanders ran 55-yards down to the one-yard line and then eventually scored on a two-yard run. A two-point pass play failed giving TCHS a 20-0 advantage with 6:31 to play in the third quarter.

The Yellow Jackets scored their only touchdown on a 73-yard run with 6:07 left in the third. SEB kicked the extra point to make it 20-7 and then the Jackets recovered an onside kick. Toombs got a four and out stop and then scored the final TD on a 46-yard run by Tyrese Kent.

JV Bulldogs hold off JD 20-12

The Toombs County Junior Varsity Bulldogs scored three first half touchdowns and made some key defensive plays in the first and the second half to hold on to a 20-12 win in the Pitt. Watch highlights You Tube

Trailing 6-0, Javon Edwards scored Toombs County's first touchdown on a 15-yard run in which he broke a tackle behind the line of scrimmage and then scooted down the right sideline for six. Quarterback Jordan Usher threw a pass to Carlos Eason for the two-point conversation and the Bulldogs were up 8-6 with 1:09 to play in the first quarter.

Erion Gaffney forced a fumble while trying to sack the JD quarterback setting up the Bulldogs with the ball at the Yellow Jacket 16. Usher ran a bootleg play to the left and scored on a 10-yard run. The two-point conversion failed on an Usher run leaving TCHS on top 14-6 with 9:13 remaining in the second quarter. The Bulldogs final touchdown was scored on a 35-yard pass to Eason, who upon making the catch did a forward roll in the endzone. A two-point pass failed giving Toombs a 20-6 advantage.

Seconds before the end of the first half Toombs forced and recovered a Jeff Davis fumble inside the Bulldog five. Jeff Davis did punch the ball into the endzone with :45 remaining in the third quarter on a fourth down play about a foot away from the goal line.

The Bulldogs, on their final possession, worked the clock down inside five seconds, however, they turned the ball over on downs and the Yellow Jackets had one play to tie. The quarterback ended up running the ball and the Dawgs made the tackle to preserve the win which improved the JV's record to 3-1.

JV losses by two

In Swainsboro, the Toombs Coounty Junior Varisty lost 32-30 and the differential was a failed two-point conversion on the Bulldogs' final touchdown. Last year in the Pit, Swainsboro won 21-20 when Toombs had an extra point blocked after scoring a touchdown that gave them a 20-7 lead. Watch JV highlights You Tube

In this rematch TCHS opened up a 24-8 lead. Quarterback Jordan Usher threw a pair of TD passes to his two tall receivers. Carlos Eason caught a 13-yard pass and Erion Gaffney snagged his after a little juggle then Javon Edwards picked up a fumble and ran it into the end zone.

Swainsboro scored on a fourth and seven pass to cut the Toombs lead to 24-16 with nine seconds remaining the first half. Swainsboro scored three touchdowns on big plays including two long runs in the second half giving the Tigers a 32-24 lead with 2:58 to play in the third quarter.

Alex Ashley scored the Bulldogs final touchdown on a nine-yard run with 6:14 left in the fourth quarter. Toombs County got the ball back one more time, but was stopped on fourth down.  

JV Bulldogs outscore Metter

The game was only 32 minutes long. But, that didn't stop the Toombs County High School junior varsity football team from scoring five touchdowns in a 34-20 victory at Metter. The reason for the shortened game was there were no referees, so the coaches officiated the game.

Quarterback Jordan Usher scored the first TD on a sneak, Rick Sanders crossed the goal line twice and Javon Edwards and Tyrese Kent each scored once.

JV Bulldogs rally for 1st victory

The Toombs County Junior Varisty Bulldogs overcame three lost fumbles, 11 offside penalties and one long Tattnall County touchdown run by scoring a fourth quarter touchdown and a two-point conversion in an 8-6 victory in the Pit. Watch highlights You Tube

The Bulldogs fourth quarter score was set up when the Warriors were punting deep on their side of the field. The snap was high and Erion Gaffney made sure the punter didn't pick up the ball allowing Cole Dowd to scoop it up inside the 10 yard line. Ric Sanders, who had several spectacular runs from scrimmage and a long kick off return, scored on a seven-yard run and then gave TCHS the win by powering the ball just past the goal line on the two-pont conversion.

The Bulldog defense was stout throughout the game. Linebacker Jacob Sikes was an active tackler, Dowd had a sack and recovered a fumble and defensive backs Demetrice Baker and Eric Hoskins also supported against the run and made plays on pass defense.