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Spartans snap 20-game skid with 30-0 win

Posted: October 22, 2013 3:30 p.m.
Updated: October 23, 2013 5:00 a.m.

This was a bath which was nearly three years in the making.
Shortly after his team’s 30-0 romp over visiting New Covenant Christian on Saturday afternoon at Spartan Field, Camden Military Academy head football coach Will Rice was dumped with a bucket of ice cold water by members of his team.
The ceremonial bath was the exclamation point on an afternoon in which CMA’s 20-game skid came to an end. The win was the first since the Spartans defeated Prince Avenue Prep, a school which no longer exists, to close out the 2010 season.
Never had an ice bath on a late autumn day felt so good or in this case, maybe, not so refreshing.
“It was freezing,” Rice said with a laugh while talking about the water bath. “It about took my breath away.”
While the majority of the CMA players did not play for the school in either of the past two seasons, Rice said the first-year Spartans were anxious to get a win under their belt. The CMA coach shifted the focus to the current group of players rather than talk about the past.
“This was great for our kids,” he said of the end to the string of losses. “They’ve worked hard and they deserve it. I was happy for them.”
The hosts (1-4) received all the points they would need when Michael Moses found the mark with a 32-yard field goal in the first quarter.
On a day in which CMA did not need any help, the Spartans received some when an errant snap on a New Covenant punt was recovered by the hosts at the visitors’ four yard line. Fullback Ian Benton would get the final two yards with a second down carry into the end zone for a 9-0 Spartans’ lead.
Playing on a short field would be the order for the day for the Spartans who forced six turnovers on defense. Benton recovered a pair of fumbles from his post at linebacker while defensive backs Colton Rogers and Romani Susewell each had a pair of interceptions with Susewell having 45 return yards on his two picks.
“We forced them into a lot of turnovers and then, turned them into points,” Rice said of the CMA defense and giving the offense plenty of help.
“That was the exact opposite of what we did against Carolina (Wildcats) in our last game when we turned the ball over and they capitalized on our mistakes. It was a nice turnaround for our guys.
“Our defense gave us great field position all day.”
The Spartans blew this one open with a pair of second quarter touchdowns on drives aided by the defense. The first of two scoring runs was a four-yard run by Drake Battle to make it 16-0 following Moses’ PAT kick. The final score of the opening half came when Colton Rogers went in from three yards out on a scoring run which was trailed by a Moses kick as the hosts carried a commanding 23-0 lead into the locker room at halftime.
While the Spartans were finding their way into the end zone on offense, New Covenant’s offense was stymied by a hardened CMA defensive unit.
“We took away the things they liked to do,” Rice said. “They like to throw deep and when they did that, we intercepted it. They also like to run the sweep and we took that away from them on the outside.
“In the first three quarters, we shut down what they like to do.”
The Spartans tacked on one more score in the third quarter before Rice cleared his bench.
In the third, Treyvon Darby found his way into the end zone with an 11-yard scoring run. Moses booted home the PAT kick to make it 30-0.
Rice said he anticipated this being a good week of practice in preparation for Friday’s game at McBee. “I hope they enjoyed this win for a day and a half because we have to focus on McBee.”

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