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Q Foundation surges past Spartans, 28-8

Posted: November 1, 2011 2:06 p.m.
Updated: November 2, 2011 5:00 a.m.

Right from the start of the season, Camden Military Academy head football coach Will Rice knew the 2011 season could be an interesting one for the Spartans.

With less than a handful of returning players and a more-than-healthy mix of young players and older ones who had never played organized football before, the ingredients were there for a learning experience for both the players and the Spartans’ staff.

The end result was an 0-8 season which was capped by Saturday’s 28-8 loss to the visiting Q Foundation Academy at Spartan Field.

Trailing, 12-0, early in the second quarter, the hosts cut the lead in half when quarterback Blake Holmes found wide out Sampson Israel with a 50-yard scoring strike. CMA furthered reduced the deficit when a fourth quarter safety brought the Spartans to within, 12-8.

"Then, the wheels fell off," Rice said of the game and season’s final minutes in which the guests scored a pair of touchdowns while adding a pair of two-point conversions to ice the contest.

The Q Foundation used a 65-yard scoring run in the second quarter to go on top by a dozen points. That was about the lone blemish for the CMA defense until the guests’ closing salvo in the game’s final few minutes of play.

"For the first three quarters and the early fourth," Rice said, "we played very well defensively. We were tackling well and we were making plays on defense. But we wore out in the fourth quarter. At the end of the game, you could tell that our defense had been on the field too long."

In spite of his team’s winless campaign, Rice said there were more than a few bright spots which he saw throughout the course of the season.

"It was definitely a very frustrating season," he said. "We were very inexperienced; even some of the older players on our team had never played football before; they were learning to play the game.

"Even in some of our close games, the ball just didn’t bounce our way. But, your character shows in those hard times. Even though we had our share of hard times this year, our guys really showed a lot of character."

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