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Wolverines add insult to CMA injuries with 15-12 victory

Posted: September 22, 2015 2:50 p.m.
Updated: September 23, 2015 1:00 a.m.
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CMA QUARTERBACK REGGIE CURRIE threw for one touchdown and ran for another touchdown in Friday’s loss to East Clarendon being leaving the game with a knee injury in the fourth quarter.

A week of practice which opened with Camden Military Academy players being asked to step out of their comfort zone and take on new roles ended with a 15-12 loss to East Clarendon last Friday night in Turbeville.

The defeat evened the Spartans’ on-field record at 1-1 while the win was the first in four tries for the Wolverines.

CMA received a gutsy performance from starting tailback Blake Roberts, who despite having a nagging ankle injury, played the first half of this game before being removed due to the injury worsening as the night went on.

As if injuries weren’t enough on this night, said CMA head coach Will Rice, his team was victimized by a “phantom block in the back call” which negated a 70-yard first quarter Romani Susewell punt return for a touchdown.

“It hurt,” Rice said of the injuries which curtailed Roberts’ performance while keeping starting linebacker/running back Ryheem Watson on the sidelines the entire night. “When your number one running back can only go half speed and, basically, could only play the first half ... It definitely hurts when you have to play people who haven’t played a lot. But we played pretty well, considering all the injuries.”

With the Spartans’ six points from Susewell’s return being taken off the board, it was the Wolverines who opened the scoring with 11:24 left in the second quarter as quarterback William Ard took off on a three-yard scoring run to give the hosts a 7-0 lead following a successful PAT kick.

CMA answered a little more than three minutes later when quarterback Reggie Currie hooked up with Susewell on a 56-yard scoring pass with 8:18 to play in the second stanza. EC snuffed out the two-point try as the hosts entered halftime with the 7-6 advantage.

Facing an EC wishbone offense which is designed to control the football and eat up the game clock, Rice said his defense played well with only allowing a long pass play which set up a Wolverine score as one of the few blips on the radar screen.

“They scored twice on us but we stopped them when we needed to on defense to get the ball back to our offense,” Rice said.

CMA took the lead midway through the third quarter when Currie called his own number and went over from the two with 6:14 left in the third quarter to give the Spartans a 12-7 lead.

The Wolverines responded with a drive of their own after getting the ball back on the ensuing kickoff. This time, Ard flipped an eight-yard scoring pass which was followed by a successful two-point conversion as the hosts regained the upper hand at 15-12 with 2:01 showing on the third quarter clock.

The Spartans were on the move late in the fourth quarter only to lose Currie at quarterback due to a knee injury. That led to some reshuffling at the quarterback post on a night in which the last thing CMA needed to overcome was another injured player.

CMA had another scoring chance go by the boards when a lost fumble gave the Wolverines the ball at their own six yard line.

“We shot ourself in the foot a couple times with penalties and miscues but we played hard, I can’t fault the guys for that; they played extremely hard,” Rice said of the effort. “It was almost like we were snake-bit; we couldn’t get any breaks when we seemed to need them. It is what it is, though. We just have to move forward.”

Rice said his team made positive steps in several areas from the first to second game of the season. But a thinned bench led to several players having to play both ways on a warm evening.

 “There was improvement but we’re so far behind the curve as far as conditioning is concerned,but we’re getting there,” he said. “We were banged up and we’re still banged up. We’ll go back to work and get ready for Friday’s game.”


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