Correction: Bryan County High School placekicker Ty Wilson was erroneously referred to as Ty Smith in this story due to a boneheaded mistake by the sports editor. He apologizes for the error.
Bryan County High School played rugged defense against Toombs County on Friday night in Pembroke.
Trouble was, so did the Bulldogs, who shut down the Redskins for a 19-0 win.
"I thought our kids played great defense, but they did, too," Bryan County coach Mark Wilson said. "Our kids played hard and it was a good physical ballgame, but they met the challenge and we didn’t, so we’re going to have to go back to work and get better."
The loss dropped Bryan County to 0-2 and 0-1 in Region 2-AA. Toombs improved to 2-0 and 1-0, and the Bulldogs’ defense wasted little time in making itself known.
Toombs County scored on the game’s opening series when Cody Dowd picked off a Jacob White pass and ran it back 36 yards for a touchdown with 10:13 left to play in the first quarter.
Toombs added to its lead late in the second quarter when Jamar Smith broke loose on fourth-and-1 to score from 30 yards out. The Bulldogs scored the game’s final points on Smith’s 13-yard run with 3:30 left in the game. Smith shredded tacklers as Bryan County’s defense finally ran out of gas and his run capped a six play drive that started at the Redskins’ 43.
In between, Bryan County struggled for yards and possession in their first Region 2-AA game ever.
Redskin kicker Ty Wilson punted eight times for Bryan County, which managed only 122 yards of offense. Wilson also tried a 57-yard field goal as time ran out at the end of the first half and Bryan County trialing 13-0.
The kick had enough distance but sailed wide to the right.
Artez Fennell led the Redskins’ with 27 yards on five carries. Tailback Nick Scott finished with 26 yards on 13 carries as he often found himself surrounded by Bulldogs before he got to the line of scrimmage.
White completed 6 of 16 passes for 68 yards but was sacked three times and picked off twice. Raekwon Love had three catches for 34 yards to lead the receiving corps.
Linebacker Dashon Dixon spearheaded the Redskins’ defense, which also got an interception from Troy Robertson.
Toombs County’s defensive line, on the other hand, gave Bryan County fits -- particularly defensive end Tamond Hampton, a 6-foot-4, 240 junior being recruited by several BCS schools, including Georgia and Clemson. .
"That No. 8 (Hampton), he’s a player," Smith said. "We couldn’t block him. But we’ll work and get better."