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."
Summer has never been too bad a time for Winter Memories, especially in Saratoga.
With high school football practice nearing the first week of completion it is time for Kershaw County's three public school programs to begin their scrimmage campaigns.
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.