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Bulldogs to face Lower Richland in playoffs

  • 7 November 2019
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Bulldogs to face Lower Richland in playoffs

While the odds are long, the Bulldogs are in the playoffs.
"It's a new season and anything can happen," said MCHS head coach Bobby Collins.
If nothing else, it gives the youthful Bulldogs one more week of full-pad practice to get ready for a rebound year in 2020.
"If we could eliminate the penalties and turnovers that have killed us all year, we can still be a good team.  We can't get behind the chains - our team just isn't built for that.  If we could ever have a clean game, I still think we could be pretty solid," said Collins.
He said that the coaching staff has worked to remove as many of the hurdles to success as they can identify.
"We have tried to simplify everything.  Many of these are errors of youthfulness, so trying to fix it right now means making it easier to understand," he said.
"We had a really good practice on Monday and the kids are still engaged, so we'll just keep working," said Collins.

Bulldogs host Wilson for third place in region

  • 1 November 2019
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Bulldogs host Wilson for third place in region

A new buzz word among college football analysts is "complementary football."  It refers to the offense and defense of a team assisting the other - the offense not putting the defense in bad positions and the defense giving the offense scoring opportunities.
Last Friday night, the Marlboro County football team played complementary football for the first time since opening night.  The result was a convincing win.
"That is definitely what we are aiming for - a ball-hogging offense that doesn't turn it over and a defense that gets the opponent to punt or turn it over quickly," said head coach Bobby Collins.
"If you can do that, it surely puts you in a position to win.  We still have lots of work to do, but that's what it is supposed to be like," he said.
While playing Darlington was just what the doctor ordered, this week's opponent will be a stern test.

Lady Dragons have learning season

  • 17 October 2019
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Lady Dragons have learning season

The Marlboro Academy girls' tennis team recently wrapped up their season.  It was a rebuilding and learning season for the Lady Dragons.
"We had a very inexperienced team and didn't have any seniors on the squad.  The girls had fun learning the basics of tennis," said Phyllis Hubbard, who coached the squad this fall.
"The progress that the girls made was obvious and our matches became much more competitive as the season went on," she said.
One of the most helpful tools that the Dragons now have is a new hitting machine to use in practice which was purchased by two of the families.

Bulldogs’ playoff hopes on the line against Hartsville

  • 11 October 2019
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Bulldogs’ playoff hopes on the line against Hartsville

Over the last two decades, when Marlboro County and Hartsville got together, the region title and the top seed in the playoffs would be hanging in the balance.
That is not the case this year but the contest is of grave importance to both teams.  For Marlboro County, their best hope of making the playoffs may rest on the outcome.
"This is an important game for us.  We have been showing improvement in a lot of areas but haven't put it all together," said MCHS head coach Bobby Collins.
Although there are at-large bids to the playoffs for some fifth-place teams in the lower state, those go to teams with the best overall record.  Currently the Bulldogs have a 1-5 record, so anything they can do to improve the resume would be huge.
The Bulldogs will be big underdogs against number one ranked Myrtle Beach and number three ranked Wilson.  While not impossible, Marlboro County will have to elevate their play significantly to upset either of those opponents.

Bulldogs host NMB for homecoming

  • 4 October 2019
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Bulldogs host NMB for homecoming

Very few coaches are big on moral victories.  Count Marlboro County High's Bobby Collins among those not high on celebrating anything about a defeat.
However, in last week's game against Dillon, Collins saw a great deal that his team can build upon, despite the loss.
"We had said that the first objective Friday was to get off the bus, get the ball and march down and score.  Then we wanted to get the ball back, march down and take control," said Collins.
The Bulldogs accomplished a good portion of that, driving for a touchdown with the opening possession then forcing a turnover.  They couldn't convert the turnover into points, however.
"That was a key.  If we get so much as a field goal after the interception, it is a different ballgame.  Still, in the first half, that was about the only negative," said Collins.
After intermission, the Bulldogs were not able to match Dillon's increased defensive intensity.

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