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CMA drups Panthers to take 2-2 record into break

Posted: September 30, 2014 2:24 p.m.
Updated: October 1, 2014 1:00 a.m.
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CMA FULLBACK IAN BENTON scored on a 35-yard run in the first quarter of the Spartans’ 41-7 win over visiting Providence Athletic Club last Friday afternoon.

Just as his team seems to be on the rebound, Camden Military Academy head coach Will Rice will have to wait an extra week to see if the Spartans will be able to build on their momentum
Rice and company snapped a two-game skid with a 41-7 victory over the visiting Providence Athletic Club last Friday afternoon at Spartan Field. The lopsided win gave CMA a 2-2 record heading into this week’s bye, which comes due to the school’s annual fall break.
The Spartans, who were coming off consecutive losses to North Central and East Clarendon, will not play again until the Carolina Wildcats come to town on Saturday, Oct. 11. With the break and no practices being held this week, Rice said it will be up to his players to maintain their conditioning while on their own.
Rice said that, in a perfect world, his team would be playing this week but the break comes at a good time for the student body, as a whole.
“It’s probably not the best time,” Rice said when asked of the timing of the break. “We are just getting our conditioning where we need it to be. We can’t practice this week and when we come back, we need to get ready for a tough four-game stretch to close the season.
“But the break is good for the players to go back home and spend some time with their families. We’ll just deal with it like we do every year.”
Against an outmanned Panthers squad last Friday afternoon, CMA built up a 27-0 first half lead in which Rice went to his bench with the game being turned over to the back-up players in the second quarter.
The Spartans jumped on the scoreboard in the opening minutes of play with quarterback Raeshawn Breckenridge taking off on a 65-yard quarterback keeper for a touchdown. Paul Kleiber booted home the PAT kick and the hosts were off and running with a 7-0 lead.
Fullback Ian Benton made it 14-0 in the first quarter with a 35-yard scoring run which was followed by a Kleiber kick.
The Spartans tacked on two more touchdowns before the break. The first was a Breckenridge to Nyaun Pate screen pass which the tailback turned into a 35-yard touchdown as he zig-zagged across the field to avoid would-be tacklers while finding a wall of blockers at his own 10 to close the deal as the lead went to 21-0.
Minutes later, Zach Irtenkauf was inserted under center and capped a drive with a four-yard scoring run to make it 27-0 at halftime.
“Our game plan was to throw the ball more than we had,” Rice said of his team’s offensive plan of attack. “We ended up being able to get some of our younger guys some playing time.”
The host tacked on a fifth touchdown in the third quarter as Irtenkauf found Kirk Vaniscak with a 19-yard scoring strike to make it 34-0. On the ensuing kick, CMA special teams performer Cody Auburger stripped the Panther return man of the football, recovered the loose ball and sprinted 40 yards into the end zone with the touchdown to make it 41-0.
The visitors avoided the shutout with a 23-yard scoring pass late in the game.
Rice said his team kept it simple on the defensive side of the ball with defensive back Danny Colbert-Sims picking off his third pass in four games.
“We just stayed in our base defense,” Rice said. “Our defensive line played a great game. Tyler Van Loan and Life Matthew both played well on the line and so did our linebackers. We had some junior varsity players and guys like Michael Porter and Seth Orcutt played well for us when they went into the game.”
With the starters being rested from the second quarter on, Rice said it gave his staff a chance to see what other players could do when it came time for them to take the field. After having seen PAC in person, Rice said he thought this could be a little more than a cameo appearance for his team’s starters.
“We knew that they weren’t going to be playing too long in this game,” he said of his starters. “We would have liked for them to have played longer but it is what it is.”
With a break-even record at the midway point of the season, Rice said his biggest concern is that the week off does not have his team having to start from the ground out when they return to the practice field next Monday after break.
“We do have some bumps and bruises so, it this will give a lot of people some time to heal up,” he said. “We told our kids to run and keep working out during the break so that when we come back, we will not have to worry about our conditioning.
“Hopefully, we will be all right when we come back from break because we are looking forward to the second half of our season.”

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