HOPKINS --- Don't tell Kendrice Slater he was operating behind a patchwork offensive line. The Camden tailback is having none of that talk.
As he watched his team's defense scrimmage against its offense on Tuesday afternoon, Camden Military Academy head coach Will Rice was concerned about the Spartans' conditioning.
Look at the personnel, not their record.
While those coaches in classes AAA, AA and A whose teams are having rough starts in the non-conference portion of their football schedules look to the conference campaign as a new beginning, for 4A entries, week seven is, well, week seven.
Coming off a 42-point loss, the last thing North Central probably wanted to see on its football schedule was a game with a team with which the Knights had no history.
It was a dreary night for Louis Clyburn and North Central. And playing most of a game in a driving rain only served to make matters worse.
On a rainy Friday evening in the Midlands, visiting Lexington used a balanced offensive attack to outlast and win over the Lugoff-Elgin Demons, 27-13, on Military Appreciation Night in the West Wateree.
Sending out a first-time starter at quarterback behind a young and rebuilt offensive line is hardly the recipe for a big offensive night. And, it wasn't for Camden.
What a difference a week or, in this case, a game makes.
Quite possibly the best sight which Dave Thomas will not see tonight is a school bus parked outside the Lugoff-Elgin locker room gassed up and ready to take the team to a road game.
One of the things which North Central head coach Louis Clyburn was excited about when the High School League moved the Knights into Region 4-AA was an improved football atmosphere on Friday nights.
Inside its cinder block walls and on its grass field, Zemp Stadium has played host to legendary teams, coaches and players, not to mention a myriad of bands and musicians, recreation department football championship games, championship soccer teams, high school graduations and to, at least, hundreds of thousands of fans.
While their Carter Street barn is preparing for a new string of horses which will learn the basics of the racing game, Frank and Daphne Wooten can only hope their next batch of Thoroughbreds will be as productive as their graduates who recently completed a strong summer of racing.
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
SUMTER --- You can use your own adjective to describe Camden's 24-0 loss to host Lakewood on Friday night at J. Frank Baker Stadium.
Homecoming is that Catch-22 for a head football coach. He must walk a fine line between allowing his players to enjoy the week-long festivities while also making sure their minds are on Friday night's game.
Youth, like ignorance, can sometimes be bliss.
Camden High School (CHS) has been ruled ineligible to compete in this year's AAA state football playoffs after the S.C. High School League (SCHSL) completed its investigation of the post-game incident involving the Bulldogs and Dreher High School last Friday night at Zemp Stadium following a 39-30 Camden victory.
After the heartbreak of a 34-28 loss to the Carolina Wildcats one week earlier, the Camden Military Academy football team righted the ship on Saturday with a 20-12 win over the visiting New Covenant Knights.
Camden native and former Camden High School baseball standout Michael Kohn has signed a one-year Major League contract with the Tampa Bay Rays.
It should have been the perfect ending to a festive Friday night at Zemp Stadium. A Camden High School (CHS) Bulldog football victory over once-beaten Dreher, which put them in a four-way tie atop the Region 4-AAA standings, came after a pre-game and halftime tribute to the school's 1964 AAA state championship team.
Long snappers are a lot like plumbers. You never realize how much you need one until there is an inch of standing water in your kitchen.
It was business as usual for the football program at Lugoff-Elgin in the early part of the spring and summer.
For almost as long as North Central fans can remember, schools such as Andrew Jackson, Indian Land, Buford and Chesterfield have been the region rivals of the Knights' athletic teams.
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