Bulldogs say goodbye – maybe

Published 5:57 pm Thursday, October 30, 2008

Marbury’s game against Verbena tonight could be historic. Or not.

It’s impossible to tell at this point, but the game against their inter-county rivals could be the Bulldogs’ last at their current home.

Marbury students and teachers are scheduled to move into a new school next year, but it’s unclear whether the new football stadium will be completed in time for the 2009 season.

Also, there’s a possibility the Bulldogs (4-4, 4-3 region) could play another home game if they pulled out a win in the first round of the state playoffs, which begin Nov. 7.

But Marbury’s focus isn’t on where it’s playing as much as who it’s playing, coach Kyle Glover said.

“Verbena poses a great challenge with what they do offensively,” Glover said about the Red Devils’ use of a strong running game to set up playaction passes. “We still have to play a complete game. I don’t know that we’ve done that.”

Verbena coach Mike Harris said his team needs to avoid mistakes, “the same thing we needed to do last week and the week before.”

Both teams would love a momentum-building win tonight – though for different reasons.

Marbury has a playoff appearance to prepare for, but the Devils (3-6, 2-5) only have next year to look forward to.

“We’ve talked to them about it all week,” Harris said about the good a win would do for a young team.

Glover’s team is young, also. That’s why the Marbury coach is concerned about the Bulldogs’ mindset.

“It’s going to be a task no matter what,” Glover said about the rivalry. “As youthful as we are, I hope our guys are ready for that task.”