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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.

Bulldogs to host Cheraw in Pee Dee River Rivalry

  • 29 August 2019
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Bulldogs to host Cheraw in Pee Dee River Rivalry

After an offseason that included a coaching change and a lot of turnover in players and staff, it was therapeutic to get back to playing football.
The Marlboro County High team took the field Friday and, after an early hiccup, cruised past Ridgeland - Hardeeville, 40-14.  Now, the routine of the regular season can begin.
"It has been a little hectic for all of us," said head coach Bobby Collins, who took over the program in April after the resignation of Dean Boyd.
"Now that we are playing and the season's underway, if feels much more comfortable, more like home," said Collins.
In getting a win in his first game, Collins achieved something neither of his two predecessors accomplished.  It took Boyd seven games to get his first victory as the MCHS coach.  Reed Charpia got a win in the fifth game of the inaugural season.
"I'm sure it is a completely different circumstance.  We're just glad to get off on the right foot," said Collins.

Bulldogs open the season Friday against Ridgeland - Hardeeville

  • 23 August 2019
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Bulldogs open the season Friday against Ridgeland - Hardeeville

After the final frustrating seconds ticked off the clock at Myrtle Beach's Doug Shaw Stadium, Marlboro County head coach led his team behind the visitor's stands, looking to get away from the blaring sound system.
His season-ending speech to the team had a different feel than in years past.  Somehow, there was truly a sense of finality to it.  
The "we'll get back to work and beat these guys next year" address didn't have its usual iron-will grit.  The team seemed to perceive it, as did the rest of the coaching staff and fans.
In early February, Boyd announced that he was leaving Marlboro County after 22 years, returning to his hometown of York.
After a two-month search, Lancaster High head coach Bobby Collins was introduced as the new lead Dog.  
With only a couple of weeks to p

Bulldogs participate in two scrimmages, jamboree is Friday

  • 16 August 2019
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Bulldogs participate in two scrimmages, jamboree is Friday

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.

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