With the regular season just over a week away, the Marlboro County High football team is putting the finishing touches on their abbreviated preseason drills.
Last Saturday, the Bulldogs traveled to Socastee to play their only controlled scrimmage of the year. Coach Bobby Collins was generally pleased with what he saw from his team.
"We got off the bus ready to play. That was an issue last year, in that we were really slow to get started. We started the scrimmage quicker," said Collins.
The Bulldog offense marched 70 yards with the first possession of the game, using a mixture of running and passing plays. The drive was capped by a three-yard pass from quarterback Jesse Williams to Jaden Bostic.
Socastee's first possession was ended with an interception by Bulldog linebacker Jhamari Talley.
The Bulldogs' next score came on a 38-yard scamper by Jacardo Riggins. Jaylyn Plato had an interception to wrap up the first segment of the scrimmage.
After numerous drives, the teams practiced red zone offense and defense, with each drive starting at the opponent's 25-yard line.
Socastee did have a couple of scores in this format. The Bulldogs added a pair of touchdown passes to Quatrice Bostic, one from Williams and the other from Hakeem Stanback. Plato also added his second interception late in the action.
"We were able to force some turnovers, which will be a key on defense for us. We found out that we aren't in very good condition, so that is something we'll have to address," said Collins.
Cheraw matchup moved
The game-simulation scrimmage, originally set for Friday night, has been rescheduled for Saturday evening. The contest will kick off at 7 p.m.
"We are excited about getting to play Cheraw. It should give us a better assessment of where we stand as we get ready for our game with Manning next Friday," said Collins.
The Braves finished the 2019 season with an 8-5 overall record. They held off the Bulldogs 14-10 in the second game of the season.
The tickets for the game are available online only at https://gofan.co/app/events/103620.
Coach Collins would like to have a support staff meeting on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, at 6:00 p.m. in the Commons Area at Marlboro County High School to discuss information on the upcoming football season.
Anyone who will be working or volunteering at home games (chain crew, concessions, security, ticket takers, etc.) is requested to attend.
One of the teams in the Bulldogs' region has already had to cancel a scheduled scrimmage due to a positive coronavirus test.
A player at Camden has tested positive, causing the athletic officials at the school to cancel the Bulldog Bash jamboree that was set for Friday. Camden is reportedly still practicing and planning to take the field next Friday for their opener against Lakewood.
In the upstate, Broome High School has postponed all practices until September 28 due to a player testing positive.