MARLBORO COUNTY- The Bulldogs have made the lower state finals each of the last two years. They might find it difficult to make it that far again.
The fell short in heartbreaking fashion last year when Hartsville beat the Bulldogs in double overtime.
“We’re definitely motivated. That loss hurt last year. It was definitely a tough loss the way it ended. But we’re definitely motivated and we’re coming,” senior Cameron Johnson said.
Quarterback London Johnson and wide receiver Tabari Hines were two of the most versatile, well-rounded players in the Blitz area the last couple seasons. Hines signed with Wake Forest, Johnson chose Charleston Southern.
The Bulldogs also lose linebacker Trey Woods, who made the All-Blitz team. The Bulldogs lost a host of seniors from last year’s squad.
“We’ve got to put even more time in. We’ve got to be even more disciplined just because we’re not getting there. And you’ve got to expect to get there. Even though we lost a lot of good players, we expect these new players – we expect them to get there. So they’ve got some big shoes to fill, they’ve got a lot of hard work to do, but that’s what we’re going to do,” head coach Dean Boyd said.
There’s always talent in Bennettsville, so Marlboro County doesn’t have to rebuild often, but they’ll have some big holes to fill in 2015. The Bulldogs seniors say they’re ready to step up/
“We know this is our last year to make our statement, and last year we got so close. This year, we just want to see if we can finish the job,” senior Kijana Johnson said.