There are "must win" games and there are your "better win this one" contests.
Trailing host McBee, 32-6, at halftime, Camden Military Academy head coach Will Rice gave the go-ahead to scrap his team's spread offensive scheme in favor of the I-formation backfield.
It was not like North Central's defense did not know about Indian Land quarterback Rondreas Truesdale and his athletic talents.
It was like going from the state fair to the county fair.
Officially, tonight's game with Andrew Jackson marks homecoming for Camden High School.
As the clock winded down on his team's 35-20 win over rival Camden last Friday, Lugoff-Elgin head coach Scott Jones admitted to counting the house to see what was left of the unusually small crowd at Zemp Stadium.
Will Rice is hoping that lightning can strike twice in 366 days in the same town.
It all seems too simple … and it was.
The Kershaw County-based Demon Dogs' 16U baseball travel team played finished second in the Fall Kick-Off Tournament Global Sports tournament on Sept. 10-11.
Oftentimes, high schools will have a junior ring ceremony to present rising seniors with their school ring well before graduation.
C-I (Camden, S.C.) sports editor
Playing minus six starters who were unavailable for every reason from illness to suspension to injury, North Central went into Friday night's home game with Buford short-handed. But NC head coach Louis Clyburn said he was more rankled with the players he had at his disposal rather than those he could not coach on this night.
Unknowingly, Jimmy Neal may have been speaking for both himself and Lugoff-Elgin head coach Scott Jones when the Camden boss talked about tonight's Wateree River Rivalry at Zemp Stadium.
In each of North Central's first three games of the season, the Knights have out-gained the opposition in total yards. Still, Louis Clyburn's team finds itself searching for that first victory of the season.
Will Rice is glad that his defense will not have to face another Wing-T offense this week when Camden Military Academy travels to meet East Clarendon.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Before they left following Wednesday morning's off-season contioning session, members of the Lugoff-Elgin football team took a knee and listened to their head coach who was in his third full day on the job.
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