MULLINS, S.C. – The 12th Annual Anderson Brothers Bank Tobacco Bowl game between the Mullins Auctioneers and Marion Swamp Foxes has been moved to Monday night with a 6:30 p.m. kick-off. The game was postponed due to Hurricane Dorian.
The clash between cross-town rivals for the trophy was sponsored by Anderson Brothers Bank in 2008. The winner claims possession of the trophy and bragging rights until the following year. The trophy has been passed back and forth over the years and will memorialize the scores for the next 50 years.
“This year will be the 12th Tobacco Bowl game and we can’t wait to present the trophy to the winning team this year,” Anderson Brothers Bank Marketing Director Susan Grant said. “It’s our hopes that the trophy will be passed on for many years to come and as time passes it will continue to be treasured by the students and faculty of each school.”
Mullins coach John Williams has his team coming off a bye week and a season opening loss at Latta in preparation for the game.
“We’re going to try to do the best we can and get ready for them,” Williams said. “They look mighty good on film and I know it’s going to be a good game and tough.”
Williams said he wants his team to play hard, discipline and tough regardless on the road or at home.
Mullins (0-1) won last season at home 52-34. The Auctioneers have now won the Tobacco Bowl trophy eight times, including the past three in-a-row.
“The key is when we play Marion, we are pumped up for that game,” Williams said.
Marion’s first-year coach Randall State has the team off to a 2-0 start to the season, defeating Latta week on the road 39-0. Kickoff for the Tobacco Bowl will be held at Fox Field in Marion.
“We want to try to step-in and just play hard, stay focused and try to give a good game,” State said. “Starting out we worked hard during the summer and they knew they put the work in. If that is any indication then it will pay-off.”
State said he wanted to keep his players focused on the Latta game and then turn their attention to Mullins, working to prepare.
“One game at a time and one play at a time along with staying focus throughout the game,” State said.
Williams said the week off gave the team time to recover emotionally.
Mullins Principal Michael Stone is hoping the team can add another one.
Marion County Superintendent Kandace Bethea said she was proud of both of the teams.
“We just look forward to having a successful year with both teams,” Bethea said. “I would like to remind everyone of our clear-bag policy. Safety comes first and that policy is on our website.”
Annual Tobacco Bowl Scores
Marion 19, Mullins 8
Mullins 28, Marion 7
Mullins 14, Marion 0
Marion 40, Mullins 7
Mullins 24, Marion 6
Mullins 34, Marion 8
Mullins 35, Marion 6
Marion 26, Mullins 22
Mullins 48, Marion 46
Mullins 37, Marion 7
Mullins 52, Marion 34