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Spartans ready to take first step against Grace Crossing

CMA kicks off season at home on Saturday

Posted: September 3, 2015 10:18 a.m.
Updated: September 4, 2015 1:00 a.m.

WILL RICE AND CMA will try for their second straight opening game victory when Grace Crossing comes to Spartan Field on Saturday afternoon.

When Camden Military Academy opens its season on Saturday afternoon, Will Rice is hoping his troops will get off to a quick start to set the tone for the game and, hopefully, the season.

As for Grace Crossing Home School, the Fighting Christians are hoping to slow down somebody … anybody in this 2:30 p.m. start.

The visitors have allowed 139 points in their first two games of the season and will come to Spartan Field following last Friday’s 71-6 loss to Metrolina Christian Academy in which the winners scored the final 64 points.

Before you chalk this one up as a victory, Rice only has to look at the Grace Crossing’s first game when it hung up 46 points in a 68-46 setback against Kestrel Heights.

“They’re fairly big up front and they have a lot of speed,” Rice said of the first-year program made up of home and private school students in the areas of North Carolina’s Mecklenburg and Union counties.

“We have to be able to tackle well in space and rally to the football. We don’t want to give those guys an opening because they can go the distance at any time.”

One thing which Rice and his coaching staff have kept a close eye on for Saturday is the weather forecast. With a team which has only had 10 practices and has many players going both ways, adjusting to the mid-day heat is something with the Spartans cannot take lightly. For what it is worth, the forecast for Saturday had the temperature being in the high 80s with a slight chance of scattered thunderstorms.

Rice can do without the threat of bad weather but a cloudy day? He and his players will take it. Either way, though, the CMA head coach said his players need to stay hydrated in the days leading up to the game as well as throughout the day on Saturday.

“It’s going to be an issue. It is what it is,” he said of should the weatherman be wrong it turns out to be a sunny and hot day. “We’re going to have to deal with it, get some subs in the game and give our guys a blow during the game.”

With so many new players on the CMA roster, Rice said it will be interesting to see how his players react to whatever situation they find themselves in during their first game together. The bottom line, though, is that coming away with a victory is the goal for a team looking to continue on the upward trend established a year ago.

“A win would be huge,” Rice said. “It would be a great way to start the season and build some confidence. We just want to keep getting better week by week.”


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