It was as if the rain cloud which had followed the Lugoff-Elgin football program for more than two years gave way to sunny days and a brighter disposition.
It took just a few seconds for the Camden Military Academy to find out just what type of opponent the Carolina Wildcats would be.
After two sets of Monday's best-of-five match with visiting Andrew Jackson, the only thing host North Central had in common with its rival was the fact that both teams wore pink T-shirts in honor of "Dig Pink" festivities at The Castle in Boonetown.
Through the season's first seven games, Camden has been the ultimate escape artist thanks to getting three of its five victories by three points or less.
Heading into Friday's homecoming game against visiting Pelion, North Central head coach Louis Clyburn said his Knights worked on cleaning up several areas which proved costly to his team in the previous week's loss to Keenan.
The streak is finally over.
Sure, the temperature dropped a few degrees earlier in the week. But for Will Rice, he was already talking about snow.
There are those games when you have two teams coming into a particular contest from opposite directions.
In the process of applying the brakes on a 10-game skid in conference games with last week's 34-33 win over A.C. Flora, Camden also found out a little something about itself.
Glancing through the six-game North Central offensive statistics, one sees the Knights have busted one play for more than 40 yards. That was a 63-yard William Jenkins carry. There is no other back with a long gain of more than 13 yards.
For a scant few moments, there was the opportunity for the Camden Military Academy to get back into Saturday's game with visiting Q Foundation.
COLUMBIA -- It's a mantra which football coaches preach on the practice field, in the locker room and, on the sidelines: "Don't take a play off."
LEXINGTON -- The unstoppable force against the immovable object.
If you call an entire team emptying the bench to celebrate a touchdown in the end zone and a group of school-aged youngsters working the chains and then, leaving their duties during the middle of the game then, yes, this was your typical Friday scene at Bolden Stadium in Columbia.
You would think this would be the week in which Jimmy Neal would turn himself into a street corner preacher and talk to his team about retribution and, an eye for an eye.
Chalk it up to the wooden bats. Better yet, give the credit to the two pitchers.
Playing football in the fall and basketball in the winter leaves Elliott Campbell precious little time to prepare for baseball season in the spring.
Tournament officials were hoping that Tuesday's weather would not throw a crimp into the Kershaw-Richland Wooden Bat Classic at American Legion Park in Camden.
Pitching on just four days' rest is not common in high school baseball. But recently, Camden's Grey Hoke has been anything but ordinary.
For a scant few seconds, players from both benches spilled out onto the apron of the infield waiting to see the landing spot of Bradwin Salmond's drive to right field in the eighth inning of Tuesday's Lugoff-Elgin game with visiting Richland Northeast.
Seated beneath a plaque honoring the achievements of his uncle and former North Central and then, Super Bowl champion cornerback Tyronne Drakeford, Omar Johnson smiled as he signed a National Letter of Intent to play football at Methodist College.
In this age of baseball in which pitchers are always looking to add another pitch to their repertoire, Zac Bowers is in the reduction mode.
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