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.
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.
Growing up, Brandon Bowers was told by his coaches that he was too small to be any good at sports.
There is nothing like familir faces to make you feel at home.
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