It was almost as if the officials at Tuesday's AA Upper State championship volleyball match between North Central and host Liberty wanted to see how much emotional stress the visiting Lady Knights could handle.
Nothing takes the wind out of team sails like ending a half like missing out on a scoring chance inside the opposition's one yard line.
North Central will travel to Liberty on Tuesday to play for the AA Upper State volleyball championship.
Things like this happen when you are on a roll. And no team is rolling along any better than the North Central volleyball squad.
Sometimes, you just tip your hat, give credit where it is due and live to fight another day.
Youth, like ignorance, can sometimes be bliss.
As his team boarded the bus for Friday's game with Indian Land, North Central head football coach Louis Clyburn just about had enough healthy bodies to form a hockey line, never mind an offensive line.
How long could tonight's North Central at Indian Land football game last? To hear NC head coach Louis Clyburn tell it, fans could return to the cars with the engines still hot from the drive to the contest.
Like the song says, sometimes "you don't know what you've got 'til it's gone."
On a night in which the trip to get to Cheraw probably took longer than the match itself, the North Central volleyball team stayed perfect on the season with a 3-0 win over the host Braves.
Coming off a 42-point loss, the last thing North Central probably wanted to see on its football schedule was a game with a team with which the Knights had no history.
The green and gold machine keeps on churning, this time to another region volleyball title.
North Central drew ever closer to adding another conference volleyball championship to its growing collection of crowns as the Lady Knights cruised past neighboring rival Andrew Jackson last Thursday night in Kershaw.
It was a dreary night for Louis Clyburn and North Central. And playing most of a game in a driving rain only served to make matters worse.
One of the things which North Central head coach Louis Clyburn was excited about when the High School League moved the Knights into Region 4-AA was an improved football atmosphere on Friday nights.