This was not the Cardinal Newman team which North Central and head football coach Louis Clyburn signed up to play last winter.
CHERAW – Final exams are not supposed to be given on the first day of school.
There have been times when even some of the best teams which Jimmy Neal has coached were so keyed-up that they nearly or, did, lay an egg in the first game of the season.
Some coaches dread playing week zero games. Not Louis Clyburn.
There are those who look back at last season's opening game --- in which Camden led host Spring Valley, 16-7, with less than five minutes to play only to lose a 20-16 decision --- as the turning point in what spiraled into a 2-8 season.
When last season ended and North Central began preparations for its 2012 football campaign, the Knights had 18 rising seniors amongst their ranks. That number has now been reduced by a half-dozen.
Like big-time actors in a low-budget film, many of North Central's starters had but cameo roles in what turned out to be a 20-0 loss to Buford in Friday's opening game of the 37th annual Camden Shrine Club Football Jamboree at Zemp Stadium.
Sure, there were plenty of times in which Lugoff-Elgin's 7-6 win over Andrew Jackson in the middle game of Friday's 37th annual Camden Shrine Club Football Jamboree were painful to watch. For the purists, however, there was something to smile about.
As if having a completely rebuilt defense was not enough of a challenge for the Camden coaching staff, Crestwood compounded that problem and shred the Bulldogs on that side of the football in a 22-0 victory in the final game of Friday's 37th annual Camden Shrine Club Football Jamboree.
By TOM DIDATO
That old saying which goes, "everything old is new again?" Well, throw that into the trash heap.
Over the past few weeks, many hours of television coverage has been devoted to events such as the Tour de France or Olympic bicycle races.
It has been a mixed bag of a summer for Kershaw County's professional athletes between their coming, going and waiting.
One of the first signs that the summer vacation is coming to an end while the start of the school year is lurking is the Camden Shrine Club Football Jamboree.
As he entered American Legion Park to watch a potential prospect from visiting Orangeburg take on the Kershaw County Post 17 American Legion team in a June game, Francis Marion University head baseball coach Art Inabinet got a "two-fer."
Decked out in new camouflaged-themed game jerseys in honor of Military Appreciation Night, Camden went old school in its 14-0 win over previously unbeaten Lancaster last Friday night at Zemp Stadium.
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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