Playoff Previews & Picks: MC-MB ready for rematch

mbfoot-22mcThere’s only one game on the local high school football playoff slate Friday night, but it’s a doozy.

Marlboro County vs. Myrtle Beach is a common occurance in the Class 3A playoffs – perhaps not common enough to call them true rivals, but there’s definitely some bad blood between these two state powerhouses. The series is also a bit too one-sided for it to be a true rivalry since the Bulldogs have never beaten the Seahawks in the playoffs, but that just makes the blood a little bit badder for Marlboro County.

The Seahawks won a surprise defensive battle over the Bulldogs, 20-6, in last year’s Lower State final en route to the Class 3A state championship. Other meetings have been more offensive, with Myrtle Beach taking a 40-13 playoff win in 2009. But the most memorable matchup came in Myrtle Beach’s 2008 state title run that almost didn’t happen. The Seahawks had to work triple overtime to beat the Bulldogs in a 51-50 thriller.

Friday night’s showdown looks to be another one for the record books. The Seahawks are rolling behind senior quarterback Jake Deskins, who replaced injured starter Drayton Arnold in last week’s 46-34 victory over Hanahan. The Bulldogs have reached the third round despite starting the season 1-4, turning it on late with senior quarterback London Johnson.

There are two things you can count on when these two teams clash. One, Marlboro County will bring a huge crowd and two, there will be a lot of big hits on the gridiron. And, if history truly repeats itself, there’s a third: the Seahawks will prevail in the end. … Myrtle Beach 31, Marlboro County 27.

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