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Atlanta Journal-Constitution
2004 State AA Rankings
Monday, October 18, 2004

1. Vidalia   (9-0)                                  
2. Calhoun (9-0)
3. Buford  (8-1)
4. Fitzgerald (9-0)
5  Charlton Co. (8-1)
6. Thomasville (7-1)
7. Macon County  (8-1)
8. Dublin (6-3)
9. GAC (7-2)
10.Decatur  (6-2)


Indians Run Past Dawgs, 32-14
Savannah Morning News
Friday, August 20

THE PIT -- Vidalia's offense powered for 341 yds and five touchdowns on the ground as the Indians beat arch-rival Toombs County, 32-14, in the season opener for both teams.

Indians' quarterback David Hart scored two touchdowns, while teammate Rudy Butler, Sam Dixon, and Rafeal Roundtree added one more score apiece.
Toombs' quarterback Brian Jernigan ran for a touchdown, passed for another and kicked two extra points.

VIDALIA 7 13 6 6 32
TOOMBS CO. 0 7 7 0 14

Dawgs Paddle By SEB, 12-0
Friday, September 10 

THE PIT - The reminance of Hurricane Frances from days earlier turned a rain soaked Booster Stadium into a giant slip and slide.

Sloshing through water, Brandon Sharp and Jeffrey Adams scored touchdown runs to lead Toombs County to a 12-0 victory over SEB.

The Dawgs (3-1) limited SEB (1-3) to 48 offensive yards. Jared Allen was Toombs' leading ball carrier with 69 yards on 16 carries.

SE BULLOCH 0 0 0 0 0
TOOMBS CO. 0 6 0 6 12

Dawgs Sneak By Tattnall, 26-14
Macon Telegraph
Friday, September 17

REIDSVILLE---Brian Jernigan tallied two touchdowns on a pair of quarterback sneaks to spark the Bulldogs.

Jernigan completed 6-of-12 passes for 124 yards for Toombs County (4-1), which accounted for 18 first downs.

TOOMBS CO. 7 7 6 6 26
TATTNALL CO. 0 7 7 0 14

Dawgs Overpower Claxton, 34-7

Friday, September 24, 2004

THE PIT---  The Dawgs improved to to 5-1, (3-0 Region 3E-AA) by scoring 21 points in the third quarter to take command of the game.

Toombs churned out 322 yards on the ground and Brian Jernigan was 11-for-16 passing for 130 yards and threw a touchdown, while adding a rushing touchdown. Brandon Sharp rushed for 104 yards for the Dawgs.

CLAXTON 7 0 0 0 7
TOOMBS CO. 7 0 21 6 34

TOOMBS-Sharpe 23 run (Jernigan kick)
CLAXTON-Palmer 35 run (Sapp kick)
TOOMBS-Adams 3 run (kick failed)
TOOMBS-Jernigan 1 run (Hetcher pass from Jernigan)
TOOMBS-Hill 18 pass from Jernigan (Jernigan kick)
TOOMBS-Ledford 61 run (kick failed)

Winless Gamecocks Surprise Dawgs; Pull Off The Upset, 21-17
Friday, October 1, 2004

SYLVANIA - Were the Dawgs looking ahead to their showdown with SCPS?  Were they just complacent because they were playing a weaker opponent that hadn't won a game all season?  The old saying is that anything can happen in sports and it did.

The Dawgs chances of winning the East crown were severely hampered by the loss. First place is still in reach but the Dawgs must win their remaining games with unbeaten, 9th-ranked Savannah Christian and an always tough Metter squad.  

Corey Burgest scored a touchdown in the fourth quarter to lift Screven County to an upset victory over Toombs County in a Region 3-AA East game Friday night.

The win was the first of the season for Screven (1-5, 1-2 region) and tagged Toombs (5-2, 2-1) with its first region loss.

Burgest rushed for 65 yards on 13 carries and scored a touchdown in the first quarter on 95-yard kickoff return.

Brandon Sharpe led Toombs with 154 yards on 24 carries and scored on a 28-yard run in the first quarter. Jeff Adams scored Toombs' other touchdown on a 13-yard run and Brian Jernigan kicked a 34-yard field goal.

Screven's other touchdown came on a 4-yard run by Ahmad Cail.

TOOMBS CO. 7 3 7 0 17
SCREVEN CO. 7 7 0 7 21

Dawgs Defeat 6th Ranked, Unbeaten Savannah Christian, 16-7
Savannah Morning News
Friday, October 15

LYONS - Toombs County ended Savannah Christian's bid for an undefeated regular season and a chance to capture the Region 3-AA East title Friday night, taking a hard-fought 16-7 victory over the sixth-ranked Red Raiders at The Pit.

The loss dropped Savannah Christian to 5-1 in the subregion and 8-1 overall. The Raiders could still claim the subregion title and the East's No. 1 seed if the Bulldogs (5-1, 6-2) lose to Metter next week.

Barring that, Savannah Christian, which has a bye next week, will be the East's No. 2 seed for the region playoffs Oct. 29 and likely play Dodge County in the first round at home.

The Raiders, who pulled out a 7-6 victory over Screven County last week, made mistakes at critical times.

"We were down three or four times (near the goal line) and couldn't get it in or made a mistake,'' Savannah Christian coach Jack Miller said. "But our boys played so hard, and we kept coming back and coming back. That's all I can ask. We lost, but we didn't get beat.''

Trailing 10-0, Christian drove from its own 21 to the Toombs County 15 to start the third quarter. But on second down, Justin Clemens' pass went off Kellen Stanley's hands in the end zone, and Toombs County's Brian Jernigan came up with a diving interception.

The Bulldogs moved to the Savannah Christian 39, but were stopped on fourth-and-1. The Raiders then drove 61 yards in 11 plays to pull within 10-7 with 1:35 left, capped by Hugh Hostetter's 3-yard run.

It looked like Savannah Christian might come back for the second straight week when it got the ball on its own 33 with 5:31 left. But Clemens fumbled on first down and Toombs County recovered. The Bulldogs capitalized on the turnover as Brandon Sharpe scored on a 16-yard run with 3:46 left for a 16-7 lead. Sharpe, the nephew of former Savannah State standout and NFL All-Pro Shannon Sharpe, finished the night with 158 yards rushing on 20 attempts.

In the first half, Toombs County scored on Jernigan's 25-yard goal in the first quarter and a 33-yard touchdown pass from Jernigan to Chris Ledford in the second quarter.

The Bulldogs controlled the ball for most of the first half, running 32 plays to 19 for the Raiders with a 167-98 edge in total offense.

After taking the opening kickoff, Toombs County drove 63 yards in 15 plays - overcoming three penalties for 20 yards - to set up Jernigan's field goal with 5:21 left in the first quarter.

On Savannah Christian's initial possession, Toombs County's Jared Allen intercepted a pass by Clemens on third down on the Raiders 30 and returned the ball to the 20.

But just when it looked like home team would take early command, the Savannah Christian defense recorded three straight tackles for losses totaling 8 yards and Jernigan's pass to Chuck Hill on fourth-and-18 was incomplete in the end zone.

After an exchange of punts, Savannah Christian moved from its own 45 to the Toombs County 13, keyed by passes of 29 and 12 yards from Clemens to Tiwi Marira and Stanley, respectively.

But a bad pitch by Clemens to Marira on first down resulted in an 11-yard loss and forced Stanley to try a 42-yard field goal attempt, which he missed badly to the left with 6:22 left in the second quarter.

The Dawgs must travel to Metter to meet a very dangerous Tiger team next week in the regular season finale.  Metter's senior QB Zack Stanford has already set a state record for passing yards in his four year tenure.  The Dawgs must bring their 'A' game if they expect to rap up the Eastern divisional crown.  A loss would possibly send the Dawgs into the region playoff in third place.

SAV. CHRISTIAN 0 0 7 0 7
TOOMBS COUNTY 3 7 0 6 16

                                   TCHS   SCPS
First Downs           15         14
Rushing Yards      248       116
Passing Yards        73       169
Total Yards          321       285
Comp/ Att / Int   5-11-0   9-24-3
Fumbles Lost        3-1        3-1
Punts                  2-39      2-29
Penalties             6-57    10-70

TOOMBS - Jernigan  25 yd FG
TOOMBS - Ledford 33 yd pass from Jernigan
                  (Jernigan kick)
SCPS - Hostetter 3 yd run  (Stanley kick)
TOOMBS - Sharp 16 yrd run  (kick failed)

Dawgs Hold On To Defeat Metter,   21-19
Friday, October 23

METTER -- The Dawgs held off a furious fourth quarter rally by Metter to take a 21-19 victory and clinch the 3-AA East title and the sub-region's number 1 seed for next weeks region playoff.  Swainsboro could possibly be the opponent which will be played in Lyons.
The kicking game paid huge dividends for the Dawgs.  All three extra point attempts were successful.  Metter missed their second PAT and was forced to go for a 2-point conversion to tie the game at 21, which was also missed.  Metter attemted a short field goal to win the game late in the final period, but missed wide right.
The Dawgs led 21-7 at the end of the three quarters, but the Tigers scored two touchdowns in the final period on touchdown passes by Metter's all-state quarterback Zack Stanford to Jan Lanier and Travis Wilson, respectfully.  Brian Jernigan scored on a 1-yard run and threw an 81-yard touchdown pass to lead the Dawgs. 

TOOMBS COUNTY 7 7 7 0 21
METTER 7 0 0 12 19

Swainsboro Edges Toombs to Advance, 24-13
Savannah Morning News
Friday, October 29

Leon Williams scored two touchdown runs of six and one yards to help Swainsboro over Toombs County 24-13 on Friday. Everett Sharpe and Chris Ledford scored both of the Bulldogs touchdowns in the third quarter on runs of nine and 12 yards.

A safety, one of Swainsboro's two on the night, and a 30-yard run by Terrence Foots gave Swainsboro secured the win for Swainsboro in the fourth quarter.

SWAINSBORO 7 8 2 7 24
TOOMBS COUNTY 0 0 13 0 13



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2004 Football Schedule
Head Coach:  Mark Stroud


Toombs County



Vidalia 32
Toombs County 48


Jeff Davis 20
Toombs County 42


East Laurens 21
Toombs County 12 * SE Bulloch 0
Toombs County 26 * Tattnall County 14
Toombs County 34 * Claxton 7
Toombs County 17 * Screven County 21
Toombs County  


* Sav'h Christian 7
Toombs County


* Metter 19
Region Playoff


E#1  Toombs Co 13   W#4 Swainsboro 24
E#2  SCPS 27   W#3  Dodge Co 7
E#3  Tattnall Co  22   W#2  Dublin 53
E#4  Metter 28   W#1  Vidalia 42

Region 3-AA East

Team Region Overall Reg %
Toombs County 5-1-0 7-3-0 .833
Savannah Christian 5-1-0 9-1-0 .833
Tattnall County 3-3-0 4-6-0 .500
Metter 3-3-0 5-5-0 .500
Screven County 2-4-0 3-7-0 .333
Southeast Bulloch 2-4-0 3-7-0 .333
Claxton 1-5-0 2-8-0 .166

Region 3-AA West

Vidalia 6-0-0 10-0-0 1.000
Dublin 5-1-0 7-3-0 .833
Dodge County 4-2-0 7-3-0 .667
Swainsboro 3-3-0 5-5-0 .500
East Laurens 2-4-0 3-7-0 .333
West Laurens 1-5-0 3-7-0 .166
Bleckley County 0-6-0 3-7-0 .000


Top 4 teams in each division qualify for the region playoff.  Crossover games will be played with #1 vs #4 and #2 vs #3.  Winners qualify for first round state playoff.  If both #1s win, the East Division will be seated #1 this year.

Other News

 RTCA Wins State Crown......Again!
Friday, November 19, 2004

     Robert Toombs Christian Academy seems to be making a habit out of winning state championships.  RTCA wrapped up their second consecutive state crown by defeating Nathanael  Greene, 18-8.

So once again lets congratulate the football team, coaching staff, cheerleaders and fans and the excitement given to them by their champions, the Robert Toombs Christian Academy Crusaders.


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