Watson energizes Liberty County in win over Chipley

Published: Saturday, August 25, 2012 at 05:17 PM.

BRISTOL — Dustin Watson’s arrival at Liberty County provides more than just a boost to the passing game.

It’s also freed up the Bulldogs’ best athlete, Alex Marlowe, to make plays in space.

Both players were instrumental in Liberty County’s 35-28 home win over Chipley Friday night in a preseason football game. Marlowe scored three touchdowns, and Watson passed for two in the Bulldog victory.

The two Class 1A schools each enter the regular season next week with high expectations. Chipley, competing in District 3-1A, was the Class 1A state runner-up last fall. Liberty County is competing in District 4-1A and advanced to the Region 2-1A semifinals last year.

The Bulldogs looked like they were the team on the rise, however, and Watson’s presence at quarterback was a big reason why. Liberty County was a run-heavy team last year that ran into trouble when it faced third-and-long situations, in particular. Watson showed some ability to extend plays in the offensive backfield, and he looked sharp throwing the football.

A senior transfer from R.F. Monroe, Watson completed 5 of 9 passes for 105 yards.

“He’s going to increase our passing game,” said Marlowe, the Bulldogs’ quarterback last year. “We’re a lot more balanced now that we’ve got somebody who can throw the ball out there.”

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