First Downs 6 6
Rushing Yards 62 68
Passing Yards 71 154
Total Yards 133 222
Turnovers 2 1
Penalties 3-15 5-50
Rushing: SEB: McMillian 8-46; DC: McNair 6-35, TD.
Passing: SEB: Burroughs 4-5-0, 35 yards; DC: Honeycutt 3-5-0, 82 yards, TD.
Receiving: SEB: McBride, 1-23; DC: Floyd, 3-70, TD.
DC 14 7 13 0 — 34
SEB 0 0 0 7 — 7
Score by Quarter
6:04—McNair (DC) 11 run (kick good).
1:00—Spencer (DC) 16 pass from McNair (kick good).
9:17—Floyd (DC) 25 pass from Honeycutt (kick good).
8:05—Rushing (DC) 17 pass from McNair (kick fail).
5:57—Floyd (DC) 20 interception return (kick good).
10:28—Burroughs (SEB) 1 run (kick good).
BROOKLET — Hand it to the Southeast Bulloch Yellow Jackets. They didn’t exactly schedule a cupcake for homecoming.
Dodge County quarterbacks threw three touchdown passes, including one to Leonard Floyd, who also intercepted a pass and ran it back for a touchdown in a 34-7 Dodge County win. Floyd has reportedly committed to play at the University of Georgia.
And although the Jackets fell to 1-6 on the season and 0-5 in Region 3-AA play, they did everything they could to make the Indians earn every point they got.
Dodge was held to just 68 rushing yards in the game by a SEB defense that seemed to be playing with an extra level of aggression. Late in the first quarter, that aggression worked against the Jackets as Dodge quarterback D’Eric McNair faked a handoff and kept the football, going around the left side of the line as the Southeast Bulloch defense poured to the right for an 11-yard touchdown run.
A possession later the Indians again took advantage of SEB’s aggressive style of play and used play action to set up an easy throw-and-catch from McNair to Javier Spencer to make the score 14-0.
“I want to compliment our defensive front,” said SEB head coach Pat Collins after the game. “I thought our defensive linemen and linebackers were stellar against the run. They set up everything with the run and they did a good job of making plays in other phases of the game. We’ve got to continue to get better, but I was proud of the effort tonight.”
In the end, the Jackets allowed just 222 yards of offense to Dodge County.
The Indians stretched the lead to 21-0 when Floyd hauled in a 25-yard pass from Cole Honeycutt, the Indians’ second quarterback of the night. Floyd, whose height and weight is not listed on the Dodge County roster, towered over SEB players. On offense, he lined up as both a tight end and wide receiver.
On defense, he was just part of a machine that held SEB without a first down in the first half.
It wasn’t because the Jackets weren’t trying out their best tactics.
On first downs, SEB was throwing the ball and looking to change up their normally conservative nature.
“We ran things tonight that we have been practicing,” said Collins. “There was no need to hold back. We knew their defense was going to be very good.”
Two more third-quarter touchdowns sealed the victory for Dodge, which evened its record to 3-3 and improved to 2-2 in region play. The last touchdown came when Floyd attacked the SEB offense from the defensive line, batted a pass to himself and shrugged off SEB players on his way to the end zone.
“It’s pretty obvious why he’s being courted by SEC schools,” Collins said.
Southeast Bulloch put together a late drive of 77 yards, keyed by two tough 16-yard runs from Antonio McMillian and capped by a 1-yard dive by senior quarterback Taylor Burroughs for the touchdown.