Last Thursday evening the Marlboro County High football team had their first opportunity to play against a live opponent. The team traveled to Buford High School near Lancaster for a two-team scrimmage.
"I thought we looked pretty good on both sides of the ball last Thursday. We had some big plays on offense and the defense was solid for most of the scrimmage," said coach Collins.
The Bulldogs scored against Buford on several long runs right up the middle of the defense. Ismael Sloan and Jacardo Riggins led the rushing attack.
The passing game also got in the scoring act, with the Bulldogs hitting a screen pass for a 60-yard touchdown later in the scrimmage.
On defense, the Bulldogs limited the Yellow Jackets to short yardage for much of the scrimmage.
Late in the action, Buford did have a long run and also scored on a pass when the Bulldogs’ defensive backs had a breakdown in coverage.
The new fire truck for the City of Bennettsville Fire Department arrived Monday afternoon from Safe Industries of Pickens County. Engine 471 is a 2019 E-One Typhoon Custom Rescue Pumper, which seats six. Fire Chief James Jackson III said it will be a few weeks before it is put into service. A public ceremony for the truck is being planned for the future. Above, Jackson presented the check for the truck to Virgil Slagle of Safe Industries.
A licensed and bonded wildlife removal service is working in the “Lakeside” area of Bennettsville to address recent sightings of foxes and possibly coyotes in people’s yards.
City of Bennettsville Police Chief Kevin Miller said these are licensed professionals with the S.C. Department of Natural Resources with permits to be able to handle animal nuisance calls to have animals removed off the property.
While it may seem that the summer just hit its stride, for football fans early August is tantalizingly close to the kickoff of the action.
The Marlboro County High School football team opened preseason practice last Friday and have been working out in the mornings this week.
"Overall, I'm pleased with where we are. Summer drills were productive and we have most of the offense installed now," said head coach Bobby Collins, who will be in his first season with the Bulldogs.
"On day one, everybody showed up, which is always a plus. Day two (Saturday) the intensity and enthusiasm went up, which is a key," said Collins.
The third practice being on Monday, was somewhat less spirited but productive nonetheless.
Being a member of the Marlboro County High School Mighty Marching Bulldogs is a serious commitment.
It is a commitment, which involves a three-week band camp (July 22- Aug. 9) to learn music and marches under the intense South Carolina sun.
Shanasia Ballard, captain of the percussion section, summed it up best.
“We practice and work hard,” she said. “We practice for 12 hours (some days during two of the three weeks) just to have a seven to 10 minute show.”
Karalda Perkins, director of the band, wanted dedication and hard work from her students as they started the second week of camp.
In addition to Perkins, other band staff members are Michael Burrage, assistant director of bands; Gerrard Perkins, percussion instructor; Reginald Cassidy, brass instructor; and Wycilla Cassidy, auxiliary coordinator.
Going into her fourth year as a senior, Ballard has goals for her section.