FLORENCE -- Sometimes a win is just not meant to be.
ENNETTSVILLE – Walking into his team's locker room at halftime of a 7-7 game with host Marlboro County on Friday night, Camden head coach Jimmy Neal must have thought he was having a déjà vu.
With his team's playoff hopes dashed after having lost their first eight games of the season, North Central head coach Louis Clyburn asked his players to turn the page and start anew with two games left to be played.
This is what you would call cutting it close.
They are the four numbers which longtime Camden football fans dread hearing: 22.214.171.124.
For the first Monday since the seventh game of the 2010 season, the Monday-after-the game film session at North Central was more relaxed, with smiles filling the film room.
Like the crew of a moving company, the Lugoff-Elgin football coaches have been kept busy by shifting players from one position into another not just in practice, but on Friday nights, as well.
Earlier this season, North Central was piling up some huge offensive numbers in all areas save for the scoreboard. Half of that equation changed on Friday night.
Monday: North at North Central in class A state volleyball playoffs (6 p.m.)
All that's left on the table, now, is pride.
It looks like someone will have to bring the banner heralding North Central's girls' volleyball region championships, down from the rafters again, to add "2011" to the program's ever-growing list.
Halftime turned into work time for Lugoff-Elgin.
If you are going to make a four-hour trip to a football game, you would, at least, want a victory to make the journey back home more bearable.
Been there, done that.
When and where will it all end?
Two more horses with Camden connections will try and stay on the Kentucky Derby trail when they go head-to-head in Saturday's $400,000 San Felipe Stakes (Gr. II) at Santa Anita Park.
Nursing a one-run lead with two outs in the top of the seventh and a runner on first, Lugoff-Elgin closer Bradwin Salmond walked River Bluff's Josh Senter. That was not the worst thing which could have happened at the time since Senter rapped out hits in each of his first three at-bats.
Mitch Lowder laughed when talking about an honor which has been 32 years in the making.
Usually, signing day allows a high school student-athlete time to look back and reflect on what led up to this special occasion.
After having played football for his first two years at Camden High School, Xavier White decided to hang up his cleats and dive head first into wrestling following his sophomore season.
Dakota Jones was asked to step out of his comfort zone in Lugoff-Elgin's defensive scheme last fall.
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