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Quick-starting Wildcats blank CMA, 18-0

Posted: October 15, 2013 2:21 p.m.
Updated: October 16, 2013 5:00 a.m.

It took just a few seconds for the Camden Military Academy to find out just what type of opponent the Carolina Wildcats would be.
The Pickens-based program, which had been playing eight-man football for most of the season, switched back to 11-man football on Saturday and started its game at CMA with a Gus Anderson kickoff return for a touchdown. That would be all the Wildcats needed in what became an 18-0 win over the Spartans.
The loss dropped CMA to 0-4 on the season.
Anderson would cap the scoring with a touchdown run in the third quarter. But his performance was not the biggest story on the afternoon. Instead it was the hosts’ turning the ball over on five occasions, much to the chagrin of CMA head coach Will Rice.
“We lost four fumbles and had a pass intercepted,” Rice said. “You can’t turn the ball over five times in a game and expect to be competitive.”
The toughest part of the turnovers, Rice said, was that each one stunted a Spartan scoring opportunity. That made the miscues even harder to take.
“On every one of the fumbles,” he said, “we were driving the ball. We were moving the ball on them. We shot ourselves in the foot too many times in this game. We need to have better ball security.
“The strange thing about it was that we only had one fumble in our first three games.”
The combination of the fumbles and the extra gear of speed possessed by Anderson made for a miserable Saturday afternoon for the hosts.
“(Anderson) is the fastest kid we’ve seen all year,” Rice said of the 5-foot-6 Wildcat back. “He has sprinter’s speed and, if he gets in the open on you, he’s gone.”
On an afternoon on which the CMA defense played well, the one area which the visitors hurt the Spartans was getting to the corners on the running game. “We had trouble containing their speed on the outside all day,” Rice said.
The Wildcats used that speed to score their second touchdown of the game, this coming on a run just a few minutes before halftime.
“Our defense played pretty well, especially considering that they only gave up two touchdowns in this game,” Rice said.
CMA went to a two-man backfield and quarterback Max Bryant directed a scheme which operated out of the “I” formation. Brandon Crandall returned to the lineup and was used at tailback along with Treyvon Darby and Colton Rogers, who had a solid second half running the football. Helping to pave the way for the halfbacks and having a solid afternoon when handed the ball was fullback Ian Benton.
“Benton played a good game at fullback for us,” Rice said.
The Spartans will stay at home for the fourth straight game when they entertain New Covenant, out of Charlotte, in a 2:30 p.m. contest on Saturday.

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