Bulldogs Fall in a Close Battle To Jefferson County 22-20

Lyons, GA – September 10, 2022 | Matt Lynn

On Friday, The Toombs County Bulldogs traveled to Louisville to face the Jefferson County Warriors. Both teams matched up evenly, as there wasn’t a clear favorite for this game.

The Dogs received the opening kickoff and drove 18 yards on 6 plays before the drive stalled on the Jefferson County 46-yard line. Jefferson County took possession after a Wil Watts punt and drove 76 yards on 11 plays grinding 4:41 off the clock before punching in a 1-yard run for a Touchdown. With the PAT, Jefferson led 7-0. These are the first points the Toombs County Defense has allowed this season.

After several failed drives on both sides, Toombs County struck quickly on their 4th offensive drive, when Senior QB Gavin Hall hit Sophomore WR LaGonza Heyward on a 44-yard scoring strike with 8:59 remaining in the first half. Angel Morales added the Point After to tie the game at 7. The Red Bullet Defense held Jefferson to a 3 and out on their next possession forcing another Jefferson County punt. QB Gavin Hall and Senior TE Wil Watts quickly linked up on another long touchdown pass that spanned 49 yards. That play included Watts breaking two open field tackles on his way to his first touchdown of the season. The Morales PAT put Toombs County up 14-7 with 5:35 remaining in the first half.

On our next possession, we were forced into a three-and-out. A Watts Punt was batted at the 1-yard line by a Toombs cover man. A Jefferson County return man alertly picked the ball up and raced 99 yards for a Jefferson County Touchdown just before Halftime. The game would remain tied 14-14.

Jefferson County received the second-half kickoff and drove 74 yards on 10 plays scoring on a 21-yard pass. While we blocked the PAT, it was waved off due to a penalty. Jefferson County elected to go for a 2-point conversion and converted the attempt pushing the lead to 22-14 with 8:10 remaining in the 3rd quarter. The game would remain scoreless for the remainder of the quarter.

After several possession exchanges, Toombs County scored on another Hall to Watts connection. That scoring pass covered 20 yards. The 2-point conversion pass was incomplete, and Jefferson County retained the lead at 22-20. With 3:45 left in the ballgame. Toombs County would get a final possession at our own 17-yard line and drove down to the Jefferson County 32-yard line on 15 plays. Unfortunately, the Dogs would fall short on a 4th down conversion with less than a minute remaining in the game. Jefferson County returned to the field and ran the clock out. The loss is the first of the season for the Bulldogs.

New week, Toombs County with travel to Treutlen County as we complete the non-region portion of our schedule.