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Jefferson Over Toombs By 2

Courtesy of TCHS

On Friday, The Toombs County High School 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 were the first points the Toombs County Defense had allowed this season.

After several failed drives on both sides, Toombs County struck quickly on their 4th offensive drive, when Senior quaterback Gavin Hall hit Sophomore receiver LaGonza Heyward on a 44-yard pass with 8:59 remaining in the first half. Angel Morales added the extra point to tie the game at 7-7. The Red Bullet Defense held Jefferson to a three-and-out on their next possession forcing another Jefferson County punt. Hall and 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 the Bulldogs’ next possession, they were forced into a threeand- 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. They tacked on the extra point to tie the game at 14-14 at the half. Jefferson received the second-half kickoff and drove 74 yards on 10 plays scoring on a 21yard pass. While Toombs 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 third quarter. Neither team could put any more points on the board in the third quarter. After several possession exchanges, Toombs County scored on another pass to Watts from Hall. 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 started their final possession at their own 17-yard line and drove down to the Jefferson County 32yard line on 15 plays. Unfortunately, the Dogs fell 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. Toombs is now 2-1 on the season. This week they will take on the Vikings of Treutlen County in Soperton on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

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