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CMA falls to Q Foundation after layoff, 34-6

Posted: October 8, 2013 2:03 p.m.
Updated: October 9, 2013 5:00 a.m.

For a scant few moments, there was the opportunity for the Camden Military Academy to get back into Saturday’s game with visiting Q Foundation.
But as quickly as the door was left open, the guests from Charlotte slammed it in the face of the Spartans which fell to 0-3 on the season with a 34-6 loss to the Fighting Falcons in a warm Saturday afternoon contest played at Spartan Field.
Trailing, 20-0, at the break, the hosts got on the scoreboard thanks to Jake Harper’s 45-yard punt return for a touchdown. The guests, however, answered with a score of their own to put this game out of reach at 28-6.
While CMA was unable to get any traction on offense, the Fighting Falcons did not have to travel far in order to put this game away.
“We gave them the short field four times and they capitalized on that by scoring three times,” said CMA head coach Will Rice of Q Foundation’s not having to drive the length of the field for its scores. On one occasion, a blocked CMA punt set the guest up deep inside Spartan territory.
The hosts needed to try and keep the Falcon quarterback in check and while he did not hurt CMA much with his legs, the air game was an entirely different story.
“They threw the ball on us,” Rice said. “We have to shore up our pass defense.”
The game was the first for the Spartans in 15 days after having had a week off for the school’s fall break. The contest was the first since CMA nearly upended East Clarendon, only to fall, 20-18, in its previous outing.
“It was disappointing after how we played in our game with East Clarendon,” Rice said. “I don’t know if it was the break or what which got us off track.
“Our defense played well, at times, but we left them out on the field for too long. The (90-degree afternoon) heat may have been a factor in how we played.”
Offensively, Rice said, the Spartans sputtered and were out of sync on that side of the football.
With an entire week to get ready for this Saturday’s home game with the Carolina Wildcats, who are replacing the disbanded Raleigh Titans on the schedule, CMA has a good idea as to what areas it need to focus on as it enters the second half of its season.
“All we can do,” Rice said, “is to go back to work on the practice field and try to get our mistakes corrected.”

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