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Demons host Dogs in MCCU Kickoff Classic
DARIUS SMITH ... CHS cornerback
As if this pre-season has not been a rush job already for interim Lugoff-Elgin head football coach Dave Thomas, he had one week less than normal to work with in preparing the Demons for tonight’s Week Zero game with Camden in the Mid-Carolina Credit Union Kickoff Classic.The meeting between the two rivals was moved up from week four, which had recently become the landing spot for a contest which has bounced from the first game to the last game to this year being one of the first games to be played in the state and, for that matter, the country.Rest assured, said Thomas who took over the Demon reins in July, this is hardly the optimal way to begin a transitional season.“It puts restraints on us in trying to install an offense and getting the defense and special teams ready, all at the same time, for a Week Zero game,” Thomas said before his first game as a head coach after 19 years as an assistant, including one at L-E. “If I could have planned it, we wouldn’t have a Week Zero game. Obviously coming in during July, you can’t adjust the schedule at that point.”Moving the game to its earliest playing date ever was a mutual decision made between retired L-E head coach Scott Jones and Camden boss Jimmy Neal. Their thinking on the move was two-fold: First, the game would create excitement throughout the off-season and, as far as coaches are concerned, it got the season’s biggest distraction --- for both sides --- out of the way early.“When Coach (Scott) Jones and I first started talking about this,” Neal explained, “we talked about the advantages for both teams with it being your rival, there would be good focus on it.