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Out with the old
Tonights Camden Shrine Club Jamboree begins a new chapter for local football squads
NORTH CENTRALS AUSTIN FURMAN reaches across his body to come up with this pass during a Wednesday morning practice. - photo by C-I photo by Tom Didato
That old saying which goes, “everything old is new again?” Well, throw that into the trash heap.None of the three Kershaw County high school head football coaches wants to return to last season’s form, in which the trio of programs combined to evenly split six wins on the field and, seven total, when factoring in North Central’s victory via forfeit over Lewisville.Tonight’s 37th edition of the Camden Shrine Club football Jamboree marks the start of a new season, a new day for Camden, Lugoff-Elgin and North Central which are all trying to exorcise the demons which haunted them last season; may they have been untimely errors, dropped footballs or injuries.All three squads will get a breath of fresh air in 2012 as they each head into new regions.For L-E, Scott Jones and his squad bid farewell to trips to the Pee Dee and the Grand Strand, trading Region 6-4A games with the likes of Carolina Forest, Conway and Sumter for games with nearby Region 4 foes Irmo, Blythewood, Spring Valley, Ridge View and Richland Northeast.Camden was moved into the Midlands-centric Region 4-AAA. Jimmy Neal and company will no longer meet up with programs such as Marlboro County, Hartsville and Darlington in league play. Instead, those programs have been replaced by A.C. Flora, Dreher, Chapin, Lower Richland and Westwood, a first-year school located in Blythewood.The biggest jump of the three county schools is being undertaken by North Central which leaves the 1A ranks to make a return to class AA, of which the Knights competed in 2005 and 2006.