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Bulldogs have their work cut out for them in bounce back season
Jimmy N.
JIMMY NEAL BEGINS his 15th season at Camden and will field what may be the youngest team in his tenure at his alma mater.
There are those who look back at last season’s opening game --- in which Camden led host Spring Valley, 16-7, with less than five minutes to play only to lose a 20-16 decision --- as the turning point in what spiraled into a 2-8 season.Not since the 1974 campaign had a Bulldog squad won less than three games.Camden’s fall from grace was staggering, considering a year earlier, Jimmy Neal’s troops went 9-2 and probably could have been better than that had it not been for an unlucky draw in the first round of the AAA state playoffs.As the Bulldogs prepare for Friday’s season opener at tradition-rich Cheraw, Neal said neither he nor his team can afford to think about last year’s week zero contest and what could have been had fate smile on them that night at Harry Parone Stadium.“I don’t know how much that had to do (with the rest of the year),” Neal said of the setback to the 4A Vikings. “It was a frustrating game, obviously. If we win that game then, maybe, we do go on and win a few more games.