Lyons, GA – November 6, 2022 | Matt Lynn
On Friday night, the Toombs County Bulldogs hosted crosstown rival Vidalia Indians with the postseason at stake. The winner would get the opportunity to advance to the playoffs and the loser’s season would end. Booster Stadium was standing room only for the 8 o’clock kickoff.
Vidalia won the toss but deferred to the second half giving the Bulldog offense the first possession. It was all Toombs from that point on in the most dominating victory in the rivalry since 2000. On the first drive, The Bulldogs pounded the ball downfield on a 6-play 83-yard drive capped by a Tamarion McArthur 57-yard touchdown run giving the Dogs a 7-0 lead with 8:55 to go in the 1st Quarter. The Red Bullet Defense would hold the Indians to a 3 and out and Dog’s offense would get the ball back with 7:00 to play in the opening quarter. Nine plays later, Senior Tank Morris pushed his way in for another Toombs County Touchdown increasing the Bulldog lead to 14-0 after the Angel Morales PAT. On Vidalia’s next drive, they would be shut down again by the Bulldog defense and eventually turned the ball over on downs on the Bulldog 41-yard line with 24 seconds remaining in the first. After only 7 plays, Sophomore LaGonza Heyward found pay dirt on a 21-yard scamper pushing the Toombs lead to 21-0. That score would be the score at the half.
Toombs kicked off to Vidalia to start the second half. On this possession, Vidalia would have their best drive of the night going 12 plays and 53 yards before the Red Bullets forced another turnover on downs on their own 17-yard line. The Bulldogs would answer again on an 83-yard 12-play drive that ate 6:07 off the clock and was finished when Junior Quarterback Caden Marsh found the end zone from 12 yards out giving Toombs a 27-0 lead early in the 4th Quarter. The Bulldogs would add another score by Caden Marsh from a yard out with a few minutes left in the game giving the Toombs County Bulldogs the 34-0 win, securing the number 3 seed out of Region 3AA.
Next week, the Dogs travel to Putnam County on Friday for Round 1 of the GHSA State Playoffs.
Time of Possession: Toombs 32:32 | Vidalia 15:28
First Downs: Toombs 19 | Vidalia 5
Rushing: Toombs 47-292-5 | Vidalia 23-115-0
Passing: Toombs 7/13 114 0/1 | Vidalia 4/12 17 0/1
Total Yards: Toombs 406 | Vidalia 132
Turnovers: Toombs 1 | Vidalia 2
Penalties: Toombs 5/30 | Vidalia 12/93