Turner’s season ends

Ashburn- The magical season for the Turner County Rebels came to an end in the first round playoffs last night at Alan Hobby Field in Ashburn. The Trion Bulldogs made the 250 mile journey from north Georgia down I-75 to Ashburn and dominated the home team for much of the night en route to a 40-6 victory. 

The Bulldogs, who run their offense mostly out of the Wing T formation, marched up and down the field for much of the night behind a strong and steady run game with a few passing plays mixed in as well as a few trick plays.
Terry scores on a first quarter run. Photo: Jessica Peters/SGSN

Terry scores on a first quarter run. Photo: Jessica Peters/SGSN

It didn’t start out so grim for the Rebels though. After starting its opening drive at its own 40, the Rebels quickly drove down the field and got on the scoreboard very early in the game thanks to a 34 touchdown run by junior Tamorrion Terry.  The extra point was no good but the Rebels had a quick 6-0 lead.

The Bulldogs quickly answered and marched right down the field to take the lead 7-6 midway through the first quarter. They would add on two more touchdowns to take a 21-6 lead into the locker room at halftime.
The Rebel defense would get a stop on the Bulldogs opening drive of the second half but the Rebel offense never was able to get anything going to put much pressure on the Bulldog defense.  The Bulldogs would tack on three second half touchdowns to close out the scoring to pull away from the disappointed Rebels.
Late in the game, there were a string of personal fouls and unsportsmanlike conduct penalties that caused officials to essentially to stop the game with two minutes left. The reasons why were unclear but by then, the outcome had been decided. With the victory, the Bulldogs improve to 8-3 and advance to the quarterfinals where they will travel to Ocilla to take on the Irwin County Indians.
It was a disappointing end to a great season for head coach Ben Simmons and his team. Simmons wasn’t hired as head coach until early April but he has constantly praised the seniors on this team for holding the team together and providing strong leadership. The loss ends the season for Turner County at 8-3 but a strong foundation has been laid for more success in the coming years.

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