Getting defensive: Dillon is tops in the state, again

DILLON, SC (WMBF) - Dillon defensive coordinator Marty McIntyre is proud of his defense.

"We've had an awful lot of kids put a lot of emphasis in our program," he said. "Not just our defense, but our program."

Though the defense shouldn't be overlooked. On an 11-2 Dillon squad that is playing for its fourth state title in six years, it is a key component to the Wildcats' success, especially in the postseason, as they've only allowed six points since their opening round.

"I really love my defense," said linebacker Damu Ford. "We have this bond. We don't back down from anybody. We don't care about size, speed, or anything else. We can compare to anything there is."

Some of the credit goes to the players, but some also is given to McIntyre. It is his sixth year with Dillon, but he is in his first season holding the coordinator job with the team. The Wildcats have led the entire state in scoring defense the last two years, and this season is only surrendering 5.6 points per game. But these players aren't surprised with the output now given the work put in during August.

"This all started in the offseason," said linebacker Joe Blue. "This didn't all start with us just saying 'We want to be good.' This started in the offseason, so give coach Mac a lot of credit for that."

Thanks to that effort, the Wildcats don't want good outings anymore from the defensive side of the ball - they expect them each game.

"As a defensive coordinator you really want to pitch a shutout every time you go out there, but sevens and sixes will be ok too," said McIntyre.

Out of Dillon's 11 wins this year, eight have been shutouts, and it has allowed 19 points combined in the three other games.

The Wildcats face Fairfield-Central in an SCHSL AA, Division I title rematch from last year on Friday at Benedict College in Columbia. Kickoff is set for 8:30.

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