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Spartans tame Stallions, 32-0

Posted: September 6, 2014 1:41 p.m.
Updated: September 8, 2014 5:00 a.m.

By TOM DIDATO

C-I (Camden, S.C.) sports editor

As good as Will Rice felt after Nyann Pate’s season-opening 85-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, the Camden Military Academy head coach felt ever better after his team bolted to a 26-0 halftime lead which paved the way for a 32-0 rout over host North Myrtle Beach Christian Academy on Friday night in Longs.

The win equaled the Spartans’ victory total from a year ago while giving the team momentum heading into Friday’s game at North Central.

The guests trampled the Stallions by picking up all 325 of their yards in total offense over the ground against their overmatched hosts. By the second quarter, CMA was already going to its bench to keep the score relatively close.

“Everybody we had played in this game,” Rice said after the opener. “It’s always a positive for you to be able to play your backups and see what they can do in a game situation so, we were pleased with that.”

On the other hand, with a tougher game on deck, Rice said the CMA starters did not get much work in. That, he said, concerns him since those players will have to play much longer stretches come Friday night in Boonetown.

As for this game, however, Pate kick-started the year by taking the opening kickoff at his own 15 and outracing the Stallions into the end zone to start the season with a bang as the visitors jumped to a 6-0 lead.

Before the first quarter ended, Joshua Miller found his way into the end zone from four yards out for a 12-0 lead.

Pate, a transfer from McBee, would strike two more times in the second quarter as he capped scorings drives with runs of eight and 29 yards. Ian Benton then got the call and went in with the two-point conversion run after the first of those runs to make it 20-0 in a first half which ended with CMA holding a commanding 26-0 advantage.

The Spartans capped the scoring in the third quarter with Ramani Susswell scoring on a 57-yard run.

Miller led all rushers with 92 yards on six carries. Benton added 53 yards on six carries while Pate went for another 46 yards on seven attempts for a CMA offense which did not have to put the ball in the air. “We never had to throw the ball,” Rice said.

The CMA backs played behind a new-look offensive line which is still a work in progress, according to Rice.

“We had some good moments and, we had some bad moments, too,” he said of the group. “Overall, though, I thought our line played pretty well.’

In pitching a shutout, the CMA defense received a pair of interceptions from Danny Colbert-Sins while Miller had a strong game from his linebackers’ post.

“I thought we were able to get to the ball and we pursued the ball pretty well,” Rice said of the defensive effort.

While the shutout was nice, Rice said that he knows after watching the game film there will be plenty for the Spartans to work on in practice this week.

“As good as it is to open the season with a win,” he said, “we know that after we watch the game film, there will be plenty of things for us to get better at on defense, on offense and on special teams.”

 

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