MARION, S.C. – Randall State, the new head football coach at Marion High School, is off to a smooth transition from defensive backs coach to the lead role. The Swamp Foxes returned to the field for spring practice last month.

“We’ve been at it lifting since the season ended, but we have been practicing as a team since May 1,” State said.

He was excited the most about the number of players and the new participation.

“We can win like that,” he said. “When you have numbers and you have depth, that is a plan for winning and succeeding.”

State said the goal is to learn the new offense along with learning how to tackle and block.

The team will start practice the end of July in preparation for the Swamp Foxes’ opening game against Johnsonville on Week 0.

“It feels lovely, and we’re going to get back to Marion football,” he said. “We want to be physical at the point of contact.”

State wants to play fast and practice fast in his first time as a coach.

His experience includes all-state recognition as a player from Lake City. He played safety at Liberty University and played semi-pro football. His coaching experience includes three years at Missouri Southern State.

“I’ve learned a lot from a lot of head coaches,” he said. “We’re here for the players. It’s their team, and we just want to direct them the right way."

Born in Atlantic City; raised in Mullins. Graduated from SC State University, home of the mighty Bulldogs. Editor of the Marion Star & Mullins Enterprise. Loves spending free time with his daughter. Huge sports fan.

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