The Tattnall County High School (TCHS) Battle Creek Warriors hosted the Toombs County Bulldogs on Friday, September 22, 2023, in the Badlands. After a scoreless first quarter, Toombs County exploded for three unanswered scores and took a 21-0 lead at the half. The Bulldogs would later score twice in the third period to put the game away, 35-0.
Toombs received the game’s opening kickoff and returned it to near mid-field on 1st down. Tattnall County intercepted a Bulldog pass, and the Warriors took over at their own 45-yard line. After a three-and-out, Tattnall punted. The Bulldogs couldn’t get a first down after running the plays and punted back to Tattnall County. The Warriors took possession at their own 17-yard line after Tattnall County punted. A Toombs return man fumbled the ball, and the Warriors quickly pounced on it at the Bulldogs’ 29-yard line. The Warrior offense couldn’t move and attempted a long field goal on 4th down. The low kick was blocked, and the Bulldogs required possession. The Warrior defense held, however, and Toombs County punted as the first quarter ended with no score.
But that soon changed in the second quarter. A bad punt by Tattnall County gave the Bulldogs the ball at the Warriors’ 35-yard line. Five plays later, Toombs County got on the board with a four-yard touchdown run. The PAT was good, and the Bulldogs led, 7-0, early in the second quarter. Kell Lawson then made a nice kick return that gave Tattnall County great field position at the Toombs 48-yard line. But once again, the Warrior offense stalled and punted on 4th down. The Bulldogs quickly marched down the field and scored on a 15-yard touchdown run. The extra point split the upright, and Toombs County led, 14-0, with 6:26 before the half. After another three-and-out, the Warriors punted back to the Bulldogs. Toombs started the drive from their own 24-yard line with 2:28 on the clock. A 14-yard run gave the Bulldogs a big first down. Next, Toombs completed a long pass down to the Tattnall 2-yard line. The Bulldogs would score on the next play. The PAT was good. Toombs County led, 21-0, at the half.
The third quarter was all Toombs County. The Bulldogs would tack on two more touchdowns, and the final score was posted: Toombs County 35, Tattnall County 0. Neither team scored in the fourth quarter.
This week’s Tattnall County Players of the Week are: #1 sophomore Free Safety Tristian Williams, who caused four turnovers; and #61 senior Offensive Lineman Daquan Gardner, who had five pancake blocks or knockdowns and played with great intensity.
Tattnall County is now (1-4), Toombs County moves to (5-0). Next up: This Friday, September 29, Tattnall County travels to Savannah to face Windsor Forest.