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Camden quartet helps lead Generals into SCISA title game

Posted: November 18, 2010 3:14 p.m.
Updated: November 19, 2010 5:00 a.m.
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FOUR PLAYERS FROM CAMDEN will try to help bring back a SCISA state class AA football championship to Thomas Sumter Academy from Saturday’s state championship game with Hilton Head Christian. Pictured, from left, are Joseph Prewitt, Hunter Grant, Fletcher Green and John Eckert.

   Dalzell – Country singer Kenny Chesney got it right with the song, “The Boys of Fall.” It doesn’t matter your age, male or female, it is what the students of Thomas Sumter Academy feel.

   For the fourth year in a row, the Thomas Sumter Academy varsity football team has earned the SCISA AA Region Championship. After a 10- 1 season, the Generals entered the first round of the SCISA playoffs, facing the Northwood Chargers of Charleston. Northwood, which beat TSA in the 2008 state championship game, and the team that kicked TSA out of the playoffs in 2009, was going to be a serious challenge again this year. However, the Generals came out with a 30-6 victory in the regular season game, and on Friday, Nov. 5, the Generals were victorious after a 44- 7 win over the Chargers in playoff action.

   Last Friday, Thomas Sumter defeated St. Andrews School of Savannah, Ga., 48-24, on the Generals’ home field in Dalzell in the second round of the playoffs. TSA had not played St. Andrews before, but everyone has faith in the success of the Generals.

   By virtue of the 24-point win last Friday night, TSA (12-1) advanced into Saturday’s SCISA AA Championship to be held at 3 p.m. at Charlie W. Johnson Stadium, located on the campus of Benedict College in Columbia.

   The Generals will be playing Hilton Head Christian, the only team to beat TSA in the regular season.

   Right now, the Generals are living the song where every student feels that “every ounce of heart and sweat and blood, to get to wear those game-day jerseys down the hall” and the faithful fans will be in the stands “going crazy for the boys of fall.”

   (Camden resident Ashley Cantey is a student at Thomas Sumter Academy.)

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