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Swamp Foxes eager to get back to winning ways

By Justin Driggers
Consulting Editor

Marion – The week of October 1 was almost like starting the season over again, Marion High School head coach Quin McCollum said. 
It was the first time in nearly three weeks the Swamp Foxes had been on the field together in the wake of Hurricane Florence.
“They completely understand what’s going on,” McCollum said of his team. “There are some things that take precedent over football. We’ve had our kids on standby keeping them updated about the school and potential community service activities that we could do.
“But they’re glad to be back out there together.”
While McCollum said his team will have to ease into playing football again, he hopes his squad can turn things around from what was an unexpected slow start.
MHS is 0-3 on the season after losses to Latta, Mullins and Timmonsville. Marion lost the Whirlwinds 29-6 in its last contest before the long break. 
“We’re not where we wanted to be or where we planned to be,” McCollum said. “… We’re not able to finish. That’s one of things we stressed in the offseason was being competitive and trying to finish. We’re looking forward to try and reestablish that.
“Games can turn in a matter of plays, a matter of minutes.”
There’s no aspect or phase of the game McCollum points to specifically – it’s more or less been a combination of things, he said. But the potential is there for a quick turnaround.
“I think we have the potential to be very explosive on offense and dominant on defense,” he said. “We have a very good preseason that showed a lot of flashes of that. We just have to be able to put it all together.” 
One issue has been injuries at quarterback. Junior D’vonte Allen was injured in the opener and senior Tyshaun Davis stepped into the role. He was injured in the second contest and that forced sophomore defensive end Davian Evans to take over. 
Tyquan Covington has also been effective behind center running some wildcat type of packages and running the ball overall, McCollum said. Against Timmonsville, he rushed for 110 yards on six carries and had a touchdown.
On defense, junior defensive back Trey Buie has led the secondary and been a force all over the field, McCollum said.

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