This, to put it mildly, has not been one of the most fun seasons to be a Lugoff-Elgin football player, coach or fan.
The Kershaw County Gamecock Club meets every Monday at 6 p.m. at the Old Towne Tavern on Broad St. in Camden.
No coach is ever fully prepared to deliver that final, end of the year post-game speech when in the midst of a state playoff run.
Kentucky in October has been good to Frank and Daphne Wooten of Frank Wooten Stables in Camden.
FLORENCE -- Sometimes a win is just not meant to be.
ENNETTSVILLE – Walking into his team's locker room at halftime of a 7-7 game with host Marlboro County on Friday night, Camden head coach Jimmy Neal must have thought he was having a déjà vu.
With his team's playoff hopes dashed after having lost their first eight games of the season, North Central head coach Louis Clyburn asked his players to turn the page and start anew with two games left to be played.
This is what you would call cutting it close.
They are the four numbers which longtime Camden football fans dread hearing: 188.8.131.52.
For the first Monday since the seventh game of the 2010 season, the Monday-after-the game film session at North Central was more relaxed, with smiles filling the film room.
Like the crew of a moving company, the Lugoff-Elgin football coaches have been kept busy by shifting players from one position into another not just in practice, but on Friday nights, as well.
Earlier this season, North Central was piling up some huge offensive numbers in all areas save for the scoreboard. Half of that equation changed on Friday night.
Monday: North at North Central in class A state volleyball playoffs (6 p.m.)
All that's left on the table, now, is pride.
It looks like someone will have to bring the banner heralding North Central's girls' volleyball region championships, down from the rafters again, to add "2011" to the program's ever-growing list.
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.
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.
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.
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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