When you are 0-6, it can be hard to feel confident when you are preparing for your next game.
Two nights after suffering their first conference loss in more than two years, the North Central volleyball team released their frustration on McBee to the tune of a 3-0 shutout win at The Castle on Thurday.
In a week in which baseball took center stage in the middle of football season, North Central head coach Louis Clyburn and his staff used a baseball analogy to help prepare their team for Friday night's visit from Region 3-A kingpin Chesterfield.
Five weeks without a win has hardly made life dull at North Central.
Last season, the only pimple on North Central's unbeaten run through Region 3-A volleyball play came when Chesterfield took one game from the Lady Knights, which went 23-1 in games played in eight conference matches.
ay's home match against North Central was two more letters.
North Central opened the Region 3-A portion of its schedule with the same result as the Lady Knights have enjoyed in non-conference matches this year with a pair of 3-0 victories.
It was not like North Central's defense did not know about Indian Land quarterback Rondreas Truesdale and his athletic talents.
It all seems too simple … and it was.
For the second time in three years, the North Central High volleyball team proved to be inhospitable hostesses as the Lady Knights won their own Carolina Challenge Volleyball Tournament held Saturday in Boonetown.
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.
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.
Just when it looked like North Central was going to make its move against rival Andrew Jackson, the Volunteers came up with a trump card.
The North Central boys cross country team opened their season by finishing fourth in a five-team in Cheraw on Wednesday.
He smiled as he talked about his current team and his former team, which will meet tonight for the third time on the football field since Louis Clyburn left as head coach at Andrew Jackson after one season to take the reins at North Central, which is a hop, skip and a jump from his boyhood home.
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.
Michael Williamson has yet to take a snap in a high school junior varsity or varsity football game. In fact, he has yet to enter the hallways of North Central High School for a class.
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