Toombs County Men’s Soccer Makes History: Brings First State Title Since 1996

Lyons, GA. – May 11, 2024 | Coach Jeremy Moore

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It was a historic night in Macon, GA, as the Toombs County boys’ soccer team won their first-ever GHSA state championship. The boys defeated Model by a score of 2-0 to finish the season with a 20-3 record.

The match started slowly for the Bulldogs as Model came out on the attack, and Toombs spent much of the first 10-15 minutes defending. Once the Bulldogs settled in, they began to take control. In the 27th minute, Miguel Granados intercepted the ball and played a nice string of combinations with Yovanny Zamorano before Granados executed a back-heel pass to Zamorano, who calmly slotted the ball into the back of the net for the first goal of the night. Less than five minutes later, Zamorano was fouled in the penalty area, and Braylen Dietrich converted from the penalty spot to give the Dawgs a commanding 2-0 lead. The score remained 2-0 going into the halftime break. In the second half, the Bulldogs were unable to add to their lead, but that did not matter. The defense, as they had done all season and throughout the state tournament, stifled their opponents and shut out a very good Model offense to secure the 2-0 victory and the program’s first-ever state title.

It was our night. These young men made up their minds several weeks ago that no one was going to beat them in the playoffs. They have believed for a long time that they were the best team in AA, and they went out and proved it each and every round of the tournament,” said Coach Jeremy Moore. “Throughout the playoffs, we scored 27 goals and only conceded one. I think that speaks volumes about the level at which we played every match. The joy and emotion you saw from these players after the final whistle blew tells you all you need to know about how much it means to them. You see the fans, the community, their families cheering their hearts out the entire match and getting behind this team; it feels surreal. I think every coach dreams of making that run and winning a state title, and this night was the fulfillment of many years of dedication and commitment from everyone involved.

Head Coach, Jeremy Moore

The Bulldogs finished the year with a 20-3 record, a region championship, and their first-ever state title. Congrats to our DAWGS on a phenomenal year.