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Spartans prepared to put the past behind them
MAX BRYANT, A MISSOURI NATIVE, eyes a receiver during Camden Military Academys practice on Monday. - photo by C-I photo by Tom Didato
Some football coaches dread having of roster filled with new faces to their programs.Not Will Rice.After enduring back-to-back winless campaigns over the past two seasons, the Camden Military Academy head coach is hoping that an influx ofnew blood to the program will bring a new mindset to the team as the Spartans prepare for Friday’s night’s season opener against nearby North Central in Boonetown.Rice and his staff greeted a more physical and more athletic group of players when the team began preparations for the upcoming season a little more than two weeks ago. The CMA boss said having players who are unfamiliar with the program’s recent past is not a bad thing.“They didn’t go through the struggles we’ve had,” Rice said of the newcomers. “But the little core group of kids that we have understand that this is a process.”While many of the teams the Spartans will face this fall kicked off pre-season practice Aug. 2, Rice and company did not hit the field for the first time until Aug. 25.