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      Dillon's vaunted defense inspired by coach's daughter

      The Dillon Wildcats won their second consecutive Class 2A Division I state championship with a 41-3 rout of Fairfield Central in Columbia last Friday night. Dillon's defensive unit, dubbed the Nasty Cats, had the top ranked defense in the Zone Nation giving up just over 5 points per game. Dillon had 8 shutouts and only surrendered nine points during their post-season run to a state crown.

      Defensive coordinator Marty McIntyre especially enjoyed the championship win. His 6 year old daughter, Lacy, was in the stands with family to watch the state championship victory. Lacy was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma just before the start of the 2013 season. McIntyre saw his defensive players come together and play for Lacy and help the coach as he would often miss practices during the week to accompany his daughter on chemotherapy treatments.

      "It's incredibly special," Coach McIntyre said. "Number one for my little girl who is doing fabulous, and number two for absolutely an outstanding group of senior players who have done nothing but sold their selves a dedication and commitment to our program."

      Following a 44-0 victory over Loris, the Dillon team awarded an HTC Game Ball to coach McIntyre and his family. The entire McIntyre family is grateful to the support of everyone associated with Dillon football. "Even when we go for chemo she rallies the other children on there. Our community is absolutely the best, bar none," Salley Huggins-McIntyre said.

      Lacy continues her next round of radiation treatments on December 30th and there's optimism of a full cure.