Saints’ season put on hold due to low numbers, youth

One year after a breakthrough season, the Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach football program has suffered a big setback due to low participation numbers.

After posting the SCISA program’s first winning season and earning a first-ever playoff bid in 2017, the Saints (0-2) were forced to forfeit their home opener with Orangeburg Prep last Friday because they didn’t have enough players to field a full squad.

CAMB graduated 10 players from last year’s 6-5 team, and now have only 10 numbered players on this year’s roster. The Saints dipped under the magic number of 11 following their season-opening, 31-6 loss at Williamsburg Academy on Aug. 24, but hope to dress enough to salvage a few games this season.

“We are going game by game to play because our numbers are low and our team is so young,” said CAMB coach and athletics director Matt Adams. “We are rebuilding this year and it will be a process. But due to numbers and our players being so young, this is the route we have to take this year.”

CAMB had considered a plan to join forces with Conway Christian’s upstart football program before the season but the arrangement fell through. The Saints have reinforcements in the JV pipeline if they can get through this season.

The Saints plan to play this Friday at Thomas Sumter Academy.

Photo by Janet Morgan/myhorrynews

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