FLORENCE -- You do the math.
FORT MILL -- There is no mulligan in football, not even a reset button.
When the dust had settled following his team's 51-38 loss to Cheraw in last Saturday afternoon's season opener, Camden head football coach Jimmy Neal said there was plenty to build on.
Even the mere mention of the word "concussion" is enough to give Scott Jones a migraine.
If you think North Central is sweating out its move into the state class AA volleyball ranks, well, you can put those sports drinks and towels away.
For the past four seasons, when the Camden High volleyball team convened for pre-season practice, they may as well have spent a half-day designing a conference championship T-shirt. That was how certain it was that the Lady Bulldogs were going to win the Region 6-AAA title.
There are no "fixer-uppers" on Park Avenue. Anything not up to snuff is bought up or steamrolled.
Comfort can be found in a favorite pair of broken-in shoes or, a home-cooked meal.
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.
No trick. No treat.
A team which will include Kershaw County School District (KCSD) Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan, KCSD attorneys, Camden High School (CHS) Principal Dan Matthews and CHS head football coach and athletic director Jimmy Neal will appeal the Bulldogs football team's post-season ban before the S.C. High School League (SCHSL) Executive Committee at 2 p.m. Thursday in Columbia.
It was business as usual for the football program at Lugoff-Elgin in the early part of the spring and summer.
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