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.
Monday evening, the team traveled to Columbia to take part in a multi-team scrimmage at Lower Richland High School.
The Bulldogs started action by facing Central of Pageland High School. The team wasn't particularly sharp to start the scrimmage.
Although the defense held the Eagles in-check, the offense had trouble getting on-track, turning it over to Central several times.
A tipped pass resulted in an interception that was returned for a touchdown. Moments later, Central scooped up a fumble and took it back for a score.
The Bulldogs regrouped and held their own against Lower Richland and Edisto. Again the rushing attack led the way with several long runs.
"We have a bunch of guys who really run hard. They all had bright moments in the scrimmage," said Collins.
"On defense, I thought Quincy Graham played really well, the best that he has so far," said the coach of his middle linebacker.
The team will host the Dennis Miller Jamboree of Champions Friday night at McAlpine Stadium.
The full evening of football will kick off at 4 p.m. with Marion and Carvers Bay facing off.
Hemingway and Kingstree will follow, roughly at 5 p.m. Mullins and Central of Pageland will play at 6 and Chesterfield will take on Latta at 7 p.m.
Class A power Lake View will face Cheraw followed by Dillon and Darlington.
The Bulldogs will play Lamar in the nightcap, around 10 p.m. Admission for the event is $7 at the gate.
Marlboro County will then begin preparations for the regular season, as they will host three straight non-region games. Ridgeland - Hardeeville will visit McAlpine Stadium next Friday, August 23 to open the 2019 season.
Cheraw and Scotland County will come to town in the following two weeks.