Senior placekicker Dylan Clark booted a 23-yard field goal in overtime to cap an unlikely comeback by Marlboro County High Friday night. Clark's kick boosted the Bulldogs to a 16-13 victory.
"I'm just proud of our guys' determination and resilience. We made plays when we had to. Down by 13, they refused to give up and got this win," said head coach Bobby Collins, who got a Gatorade bath during the postgame celebration.
Midway through the third quarter a Bulldog victory looked to be highly unlikely. Lakewood had just partially blocked a Marlboro punt and, leading 13-0, they had the ball at the Marlboro 35.
However, the Bulldog defense refused to surrender points that would have sealed the game, given the sluggish nature of the Marlboro offense. A tackle for lost yardage, followed by a sack on fourth down ended the threat.
"Our defense kept us in the game. They forced turnovers and even when Lakewood moved the ball, they were able to get the drives stopped," said Collins.
After a holding penalty, the Bulldog offense finally answered. Hakeem Stanback connected with Quatrice Bostic for a 36-yard gain to move into Gator territory.
Moments later, the Bulldogs faced a fourth and 10 at the Lakewood 27. Stanback rolled out to his right to escape the pass rush, then hit JaCardo Riggins down the sidelines. Riggins raced past the Gator defense to the endzone.