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Spartans look to even ledger at home vs. PAC

Posted: September 25, 2014 3:54 p.m.
Updated: September 26, 2014 1:00 a.m.

WILL RICE AND CMA hope to enter next week’s bye with a 2-2 record following this afternoon’s home game with the Providence Athletic Club.

This was get healthy week for the Camden Military Academy football team.
The Spartans suffered their second consecutive loss in last Friday’s 30-20 defeat at the hands of East Clarendon. That came a week after a physically draining 20-14 setback at North Central in Boonetown.
Will Rice and company may get a bit of a break this afternoon when the Providence Athletic Club pays a visit to Spartan Field for a 4 p.m. start and CMA’s home opener. Well, at least the hosts hope this contest will not be as taxing as were the previous two pairings versus High school League opponents.
“We were pretty banged up after the East Clarendon game,” Rice said of his 1-2 squad. “We just went back to the basics in practice this week.
“We were worried about what we do and we worked on doing the fundamentals right. We also worked on our conditioning more.”
While the Spartans did not suffer any major injuries other than what Rice termed some tweaked muscles and a few bumps and bruises, those were enough for the coaching staff to decide that this past week would be one in which the team practiced in shorts, shoulder pads and helmets, only, while limiting the contact.
“We’re trying to get and keep people healthy. It was more of a decision by us to get everybody healthy,” Rice said. “But it has been a fairly good week of practice.”
The cooler weather which arrived this week should aid the Spartans which have had conditioning issues the past two Friday nights following a season-opening 32-0 win over North Myrtle Beach Christian Academy. In that game, most of the CMA starters played less than half pf the contest before turning the game over to the reserves.
The visiting Panthers, a team made up of home-schooled students, have a win over North Myrtle Beach Christian and pose a threat to the hosts. The guests run a spread offense and like the fill the sky with passes. That will put the pressure on the CMA secondary.
“They are going to throw it all over the place; that’s what they like to do,” said Rice, who along with members of his coaching staff took in PAC’s win over the North Myrtle Beach entry. “They have a wide-open attack on offense.”
Defensively, the Panthers will show the CMA offense a four-man front and employ man-to-man coverage in the defensive backfield. Rice said from what he has seen of PAC, its defense is not one which likes to blitz but would not discount the Panthers bringing pressure up the middle to try and slow down the CMA offense.
As for this week, Rice would like nothing better than to put an end to the Spartans’ two-game slide and enter next week’s bye week with a break-even record after four games.
“It would be very important for us to go into the bye week at 2-2,” he said. “That makes this a very important game.”
After last week, a contest in which East Clarendon jumped to a quick 16-0 lead and went on to a 10-point victory, Rice said the Spartans can ill afford to break slowly from the box and allow the Panthers to grab the early lead and momentum.
“We have to be ready to play right from the opening kick,” he said. “We need to come out there and play with intensity and play with a purpose. I also look for our conditioning to be a lot better this week.”


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