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: 184.108.40.206.
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.
Halftime turned into work time for Lugoff-Elgin.
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.
If you are going to make a four-hour trip to a football game, you would, at least, want a victory to make the journey back home more bearable.
Been there, done that.
When and where will it all end?
Perched in front of their dugout, members of the Kershaw County American Legion baseball team started leaning as they prepared to rush the field after Bradwin Salmond's diving grab of Mark Allen Nash's liner to right field put the locals on the door step of a long-awaited trip to the state American Legion tournament.
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.
One night after heavy rains in the Georgetown area forced the postponement of Tuesday's game two of the state American Legion second round playoff series between Kershaw County and host Georgetown, weather problems stopped the following evening's game dead in its tracks.
It was a normal day which was about to take an abrupt U-turn.
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