The Vidalia Indians defeated the Toombs County Bulldogs Friday night in Lyons for the 8th straight year 28-14, moving to 7-2 on the year while securing the number two spot in Region 2AA.
The Bulldogs would get on the board first after holding the Indians to a 3 and out and driving the ball 64 yards in 8 plays with Dalton McBride hitting DJ Matthews on a 23 yard strike to cap the drive and make it 7-0 with 4:50 to go in the first quarter.
The Indians would answer right back with a 9 play 63 yard drive of their own, finished by a Jaxson McFadden 3 yard run with :24 seconds to go in the quarter to make it 7-7. The score was set up by a Deon Green to Johnny McNeil 32 yard pass to the 4 yard line.
The Indians defense would then hold Toombs to a 3 and out and turn it over to the offense who would mount a 8 play 68 yard drive to go ahead when Lakia Henry took it in from 4 yards out to make it 13-6 following a missed PAT with 6:37 to go in the half. The big play on the drive was a Nate McBride 28 yard run.
Neither teams could do anything the rest of the half, even though Vidalia had a chance to put more points on the board following a 4th down stop by the defense at the Indian 40. But the Indians couldn’t muster any points and would punt the ball away with 42 seconds to go in the half. Toombs would get the ball to 40 yard line but time would run out in the half and the score at the half was Vidalia 13 Toombs Co. 7
Toombs would control the third quarter allowing the Indians only 3 offensive plays and see them take the lead on a 5 yard Keshawn Morgan run to make it 14-13 with 9 seconds to go in the quarter.
On the ensuing kickoff Deon Green would catch the ball on the 5 and run 95 yards to the end zone to give the Indians the lead for good. The Indians would get a 2 point conversion on a McBride run to make it 21-14 to begin the final quarter.
The Indian defense would get the ball back to the offense with 7:22 to go in the game. Following a first down Nate McBride broke away for a 69 yard run to make the final score Vidalia 28 and Toombs Co. 14.
On the night Nate McBride finished with 112 yards rushing on 6 carries, a TD and a 2 point conversion. McBride also had 13 tackles. Deon Green ended the night with the 95 yard kick return, 32 yards passing and 7 tackles. Nasir Wagnor 11 tackles and Jonathon Moody with 10 helped the Indian defense hold Toombs County to 219 total yards and to their 2nd lowest point total of the year.
The 2nd place finish in the Region guarantees the Indians a home playoff game during week one of the playoffs which begin in two weeks. Next week the Indians travel to Bryan County for the final regular season game of the year with a 7:30 kick from Pembroke.
Photo courtesy of John Conner. Article courtesy of Vidalia Communications.