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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
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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.

Scotland County shuts down Bulldogs, 27-6

  • 12 September 2019
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Scotland County shuts down Bulldogs, 27-6

A dominant effort by the Scotland County defense made life miserable for the Marlboro County Bulldogs last Friday night.  The Scots held their hosts to under 60 yards of total offense and only three first downs.
Although Marlboro managed to stay in the game until the fourth quarter, thanks to a solid effort by their own defense, the Bulldogs fell to the Scots, 27-6.
The win avenged a 41-25 blowout victory by the Bulldogs last year.
"Obviously, we weren't very effective on offense.  Scotland has a very good team and they were crowding the line of scrimmage to take away our running game.  We couldn't complete enough passes to back them up," said Marlboro County head coach Bobby Collins.
"Our defense played with the effort and intensity it takes to win the game but our offense didn't do the same," he said.
Scotland marched into Bulldog territory with the initial possession of the game.  However, the Marlboro defense stiffened and forced the ball over on downs.
The first three-and-out of the night by the Bulldogs resulted in the Scots receiving a punt just across midfield.  The Bulldogs would punt after three plays on eight of their eleven offensive possessions.

Bulldogs look to rebound against talented Scots

  • 5 September 2019
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Bulldogs look to rebound against talented Scots

While the Marlboro County offense has been successful moving the ball, coach Bobby Collins thinks some adjustments can make them more efficient.
"We have to clean up the penalties.  Those are drive killers.  Some of it is just focusing more on what we're doing, such as when we had false starts.  Other times it is a technique thing that leads to a penalty," said Collins.
The Bulldogs were plagued by flags last Friday against Cheraw.  Several times penalties cut short promising drives and also called back a punt return that would have given the Bulldogs the ball inside the Braves' 5-yard line.
The penalty bug was one that stung the 2018 Bulldogs frequently and despite all the changes in the program, this problem remains.
As the team prepares to face Scotland County, Collins is also looking to make things more simple for their quarterback.
"Darius Grant has done well so far, especially in running with the football.  In the passing game, we have to cut down the time he is holding the ball in the pocket," said Collins.

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