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After an unexpected Friday off, Bulldogs face Camden

  • 22 October 2020
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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After an unexpected Friday off, Bulldogs face Camden

COVID just won't leave us alone, not even for seven weeks so the high school football season can go on.
Friday morning, the Lake City High School athletic director Matt Apicella called Marlboro County head coach Bobby Collins to give him bad news.
A Panther player had tested positive for the virus and the whole team had to go into quarantine.  Thus, the Bulldogs' homecoming game had to be postponed.
"They called at about 8 a.m. Friday morning, so it was too late to try to arrange a quick replacement game.  We'll just put our gameplan in the drawer and pull it back out next week," said Collins.
The Bulldogs and Panthers are hardly the only teams to have to rearrange to the pandemic.  Only Crestwood among Region 6-AAA teams has played their season as planned.  Cheraw had only played one game prior to Monday night when they defeated Chesterfield 55-24.  

Bulldog homecoming game cancelled

  • 16 October 2020
  • Author: Dan McNiel
  • Number of views: 764

Due to circumstances related to Covid-19 the homecoming game versus Lake City High School has been canceled. The AD for FSD3 contacted Coach Bobby Collins this morning to inform him of the team having to quarantine effectively immediately. All homecoming activities for Marlboro County HS will be rescheduled at a later date.

Principal Dr. Jamane Watson says, “although we regret that this has happened, we are encouraged that our day for our students and our community will turn around for us all again soon!”


Clark boots Bulldogs past Lakewood in overtime

  • 15 October 2020
  • Author: Dan McNiel
  • Number of views: 450
Clark boots Bulldogs past Lakewood in overtime

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.

MCHS football game postponed until Saturday

  • 25 September 2020
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Marlboro County High's season opener at Manning has been postponed until 1 p.m. on Saturday due to weather conditions.  Thunderstorms are predicted throughout the area through the evening.  

Bulldogs ready to open season at Manning

  • 24 September 2020
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Bulldogs ready to open season at Manning

After months of playing the "will they or won't they play" game, it is finally game week for public high school teams in South Carolina.
"We are excited to get this season started, even if it is a month later than normal," said Marlboro County High head coach Bobby Collins.
All teams will open the season by playing their region contests.  For the Bulldogs, that means jumping into action in a new region, against teams that they haven't faced in years.
The season starts with a trip to Manning, who Marlboro last played in 2015.  That game was the most lopsided victory in Bulldog history, a 61-0 win over the Monarchs.
However, both programs have changed coaches since that blowout.  Manning, in fact, has had two coaching changes since the 2015 game.
There are still a lot of unknowns about the season, not just about the opening opponent.