By TOM DIDATO
After playing visiting East Clarendon to a standoff in a scoreless first quarter, North Central head football coach Louis Clyburn briefly thought of reworking his team's schedule the next time around.
Sometimes good, just isn't good enough.
Hartsville unleashed its big red and black threshing machine and put it a nearly identical effort against Camden as it did a year ago.
On a hot Tuesday afternoon, Will Rice was putting his Camden Military Academy football team through the paces in preparation for tonight's season-opener at North Myrtle Beach Christian School (NMBCS) while looking down a clipboard and a piece of paper with the names of his players written in pen.
Facing a pass-happy Nation Ford offensive attack, what could possibly be the best sight for Lugoff-Elgin's sore eyes tonight would be the Falcons to "have to" rather than "want to" go up top.
Like an image seen in a car's rear-view mirror, Camden's view of the back of Brian Rivers' jersey got smaller and smaller with each passing carry.
With Region 4-AA being a seven-team circuit, it means that each team will play six conference games. With that being the case, it leaves teams just four --- rather than the regular five --- out-of-league contests.
On a day on which Paige Wilson was forced to miss practice, members of her Camden High volleyball team were being interviewed by a reporter from WLTX TV 19 in Columbia after an online poll conducted by the station rated the Lady Bulldogs as the top team in the Midlands heading into the upcoming season.
There was a time when a volleyball match with Lugoff-Elgin meant the opposing team's bench players would see plenty of action on the court.
One of the busiest people in Boonetown has to be the person charged with updating the volleyball region championship banner at North Central High School. Then again, the flag made of felt never collects a whole lot of dust.
FLORENCE -- Maybe it was an omen of what the rest of the evening held in store for Camden as its team buses were stuck in the middle of I-20 after an overturned van brought eastbound traffic to a halt near Darlington early Friday evening.
FORT MILL -- It was a bitter homecoming Friday night for Lugoff-Elgin interim head coach Dave Thomas as the visiting Demons were shut out by Fort Mill. The hosts jumped out front early and were never threatened on their way to a 41-0 victory.
Sometimes, you just can't win for losing.
If imitation is, indeed, the sincerest form of flattery, North Central's offense could see pressure coming from all across the field from the Timmonsville defense tonight when the nights make the trip to the Pee Dee for their second game of the season.
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
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.
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.
There are those victories which you take, put them in the books and move ahead to the next chapter.
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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