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.
With the first-game jitters out out of his and his his team's system, interim Lugoff-Elgin head football coach Dave Thomas can now get onto the business of going home.
West Florence has adopted the mantra of "No Huddle, No Mercy" for its offense. Tonight, Camden would like to change that to "On the Bench, On the Shelf."
On July 16-20, the SC-BALLERS journeyed to Florida to compete in nationals. Both teams came in third place. The 8th grade team finished with an 8-1 record while the 11th grade team finished with a 5-2 mark.
Just when Camden thought it let a golden opportunity slip through its hands, another presented itself. This time, Tyrone Kelly did not let it get out of his mitts.
Telling anyone who would listen that just because C.A. Johnson was a Columbia city school without a rich football history that the Hornets were not a "cupcake" opponent, North Central head coach Louis Clyburn has the naysayers believing him now.
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.
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.
With so many schools opting to play a week zero game, it has led to jamborees having to be moved around and coaches looking for places to bring their teams in order to get a game-like experience for their players before they take to the field for the season openers.
Mother Nature must be a football fan. How else can you explain the dip in temperatures which occurred just in time for the start of pre-season football practice in Kershaw County last Friday.
Let's see, now. Two weeks ago, East Clarendon lost to North Central, 28-6. Last Friday, Camden Military Academy was edged by North Central, 20-14.
This is not the team which Camden head coach Jimmy Neal thought he would see when he agreed to play Lancaster last winter.
There's gold in the clay of the Bluegrass State.
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.
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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