There have been days when, long after the North Central football team has come off the practice field, that the lights inside the old gymnasium at the school were still burning.
Three years after starting a competitive cheerleading team, North Central High School is headed to the AA Competitive Cheer State finals.
Sitting behind his office desk, North Central head football coach Louis Clyburn simply shook his head and smiled when asked if he was aware of some of the things being said between members of his team and players from Andrew Jackson, which comes to Boonetown for tonight's first round AA Upper State Division II playoff contest.
North Central will host its first state playoff game since the 1994 season when the Knights welcome arch-rival Andrew Jackson to Boonetown for Friday's first round AA Division II Upper State contest.
Louis Clyburn has been told by several people about when, in 1984, North Central played and lost a game to eventual state champion Woodruff, 34-7, in the third round of the state class AA playoffs.
Nothing to win. Nothing to lose.
Of all the times for an injury to strike, this was the worst.
Early last week, North Central head coach Louis Clyburn was feeling pretty good about his team's ability to host a first round state playoff game with a victory in either of the Knights' final two regular season games.
Nobody will ever accuse Columbia High head coach Kemper Amick of ducking people.
Dreams of a perfect season came to an end for the North Central volleyball team as the state's top-ranked AA squad was dealt a 3-2 loss at Columbia last Thursday night.
On a night in which North Central needed a win in a big way, the Knights went big in a 26-14 homecoming win over visiting Eau Claire on Friday.
Five years ago, when he was the head coach at Andrew Jackson, Louis Clyburn saw the Volunteers score the first touchdown of the night against Eau Claire, which proceeded to fold up like a card table.
Central broke open a close game by scoring a combined 10 runs in the fourth and fifth frames to lock up the fourth and final playoff slot in Region 4-AA baseball with a 14-3 win over host North Central last Friday night.
A misplayed fly ball here, a booted grounder there and a flare or two thrown in for good measure.
It looks like the Clyburn family will be on the lookout for new babysitters.
Suddenly, things are getting a bit cramped in the back seat.
When they first met on March 13, North Central left Buford with a 22-0 loss in a Region 4-AA baseball game stopped in the fifth inning.
(7 p.m.); 13 – at Buford; 16 – at Chesterfield; 18 – Andrew Jackson; 20 – Indian Land (7 p.m.); 24 – Cheraw; 27 – at Central
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