There is little chance that even with a win over visiting C.A. Johnson tonight, that North Central can earn a berth in next week's first round of the class A playoffs. That does not mean, however, that the season finale is a throwaway game.
Three years ago, Prince Avenue Prep used a late-game score against host Camden Military Academy to advance to the Carolinas Independent Schools Athletic Association championship game.
If only things finished the way they started for North Central.
Camden High volleyball coach Paige Wilson got just what she was looking for as her team closed its regular season with a three-game sweep of visiting Sumter last week.
Suntanned and smiling, Don Collins was the picture of someone who was where he always wanted to be.
Talk about a reversal of fortune.
Friday marks the final day to purchase discount general admission tickets to the Marion DuPont Scott Colonial Cup Steeplechase Races. The 41st edition of the Camden fall classic will be run over the Springdale Race Course on Saturday, Nov. 13.
SUMTER --- With its running game null and void, Camden looked to its passing attack to get itself out of the offensive doldrums. On this night, not even that was clicking.
FLORENCE --- Remember those old Westerns where a card player would deftly sneak an ace into his hand in a poker game?
Needing a win over Blythewood to nail down a spot in this week's state class AAAA volleyball playoffs, Lugoff-Elgin swept the Bengals, 25-22, 25-16 and 25-16, to nail down third place in Region 4 behind champion Spring Valley and runner-up Dutch Fork.
If only the rest of the game had gone the way it started for North Central.
Who would have ever thought a week one loss would come back to help a team eight weeks later?
As he sat down and watched the film of his team's 45-6 loss to Providence Country Day, Camden Military Academy head football coach Will Rice was hoping the video would not be as one-sided as the outcome of the contest was last Friday night.
It has been a tale of two halves for Camden over the course of its past two games.
Playing on a short week, against a West Florence squad which may or may not be at full-strength and in front of what usually has been a placid atmosphere for football, Lugoff-Elgin head coach Scott Jones is hoping all those factors turn into the perfect storm for his team on Thursday night at Florence Memorial Stadium.
How long has it been since North Central opened the football season with a victory? Well, the last school which the Knights beat to kick off a campaign is no longer in existence.
As if this pre-season has not been a rush job already for interim Lugoff-Elgin head football coach Dave Thomas, he had one week less than normal to work with in preparing the Demons for tonight's Week Zero game with Camden in the Mid-Carolina Credit Union Kickoff Classic.
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.
Jamborees are hardly the occasion to show a conference opponent your playing hand. But after watching Buford grind its way to 50 yards in an 11-snap opening drive, North Central head coach Louis Clyburn had no other choice than to switch into game mode.
Jimmy Neal has been around Camden High football long enough to know what is thought to be a harbinger of bad things for the upcoming regular season is winning your portion of the Camden Shrine Club Football Jamboree.
Since last Tuesday's scheduled scrimmage with Hartsville and Lower Richland was cancelled by that day's storm, Lugoff-Elgin entered Friday's 39th annual Camden Shrine Club Football Jamboree with one scrimmage under its belt.
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.
Before they left following Wednesday morning's off-season contioning session, members of the Lugoff-Elgin football team took a knee and listened to their head coach who was in his third full day on the job.
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