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Rice, CMA hoping to turn lessons learned into a 'W'

Posted: September 13, 2012 3:41 p.m.
Updated: September 14, 2012 5:00 a.m.

This is no time for Camden Military Academy to let its collective guard down.
The Spartans faced what may well be the best team they will see all season, a week ago, in a 49-6 loss to North Central. Next up, comes another road trip to meet another High School League member in East Clarendon.
The host Wolverines carry an 0-3 mark into tonight’s pairing in Turbeville. But after a pair of lopsided defeats in their first two games against Latta and Johnsonville, Dwayne Howell’s charges threw a scare into Hannah-Pamplico last Friday in falling, 39-28.
CMA head coach Will Rice said his team can ill afford to think they will not get a stern test from the hosts, in spite of their winless record.
“They’re fast all over the field, like always,” Rice said of the Wolverines. “You also know that they are going to be well-coached. Coach Howell always does such a good job over there. This should be a good test for us to see where we are and how close we are to getting to where we need to be.”
The Spartans will come into this game minus the services of starting tailback Tim Coleman (infection) and lineman Patrick Mulligan (concussion). Neither of the pair played last week against NC and their presence was missed on both sides of the football as each player is a two-way starter.
Not having Coleman in the backfield allows opposing defenses to key on tailback Ange Gadji, who rushed for more than 50 yards while returning a kickoff for an 84-yard touchdown last Friday. “Everybody we play is going to be trying to stop him,” Rice said of Gadji.
Despite the final outcome of a week ago, Rice said there were several positives which came out of the North Central game.
“We competed. We didn’t quit,” he said. “We were outmanned against North Central. They were bigger than us, but we battled them. We also didn’t have any turnovers, which was a big difference from our first game.”
Tonight, the CMA defense will go up against a Wolverine offense which operates out of the spread. While the hosts will take a shot with the long ball and mix in crossing patterns, Rice said, EC will also try to take advantage of its speed in the running game.
Defensively, the Wolverines used their speed to cover the field out of their “50” look.
“They try to get as many people to the ball as they can,” Rice said. “They do a good job with that.”
The CMA boss also said that after his team’s inability to get the passing game on track last week, he said quarterback Ricky Thornley and the Spartan offense will see a bunched-up box tonight.
“We know that they’ve seen the North Central game on film,” Rice said. “I’ve seen them put seven in the box, but after seeing us last week, it would not surprise me to see eight guys in there this week.”
After having endured some warm days in their little more than three weeks of practice, the Spartans were greeted with some cooler temperatures for practice this week. Rice said that has helped, but noted that his team still has work left to be done.
“We’re still trying to get into (playing) shape. We’re not there, yet,” he said. “It’s an ongoing process for us. We’re trying to get better each and every day. Eventually, we’ll get caught up.”

 

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