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.
Not to be superstitious, but the North Central volleyball team probably did not want to be stuck on 13 wins for any longer than they had to be there.
The machine just keeps on rolling along with a hiccup.
Looking into his players' eyes told Louis Clyburn all he needed to know as to the character of his North Central football team.
If there was any good which came out of last week's 39-0 loss to Keenan for North Central, it was the fact that the Knights got a feel for the speed of some of the teams they will face in Region 3-AA over the next four weeks.
Obviously, Keenan is not superstitious.
An athlete is an athlete is an athlete.
It turned out to be a good week after all.
(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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