Atlas Must Rise

The Spring Game is behind us…

The Summer is upon us..

Which means the season is almost upon the shoulders of young men,coaches and of course us, the fans..


I think sometimes us as fans get a little too excited before we even give our team the benefit of the doubt.I am just as guilty of this flaw as anyone else. Most of the time,we really don’t know how good our team actually is until a month or so into the season…and sometimes your schedule doesn’t afford the luxury of being “a work in progress”.

One of the things I personally have always loved is The Spartanburg Vikings willingness to put together a schedule that is tough,sometimes damn near brutal. Over time,the off-season schedule of high school football has basically evolved into the same commitment of toughness. Over the next Month or so Spartanburg will face a lot of good competition.



Assistant Offensive coordinator & Wide receivers Coach Nate Harris recently spoke with me about The Blue and Gold Game this Past week. “The spring game was Awesome,”he said. “We put on film a lot new things we have been working at. We showed that our “Death Row” is better than its ever been”.  Harris also added,”As a whole we are super excited for these group of kids. We left it short 2 years in a row in the upper state, we are working hard to finish and not let games slip away from our mistakes…We only work on us, and how we use the process to get better.”

Tommy Washington, Romain Kelly, and Damyjai Foster did a great job on the Blue on offense. Rock Ferguson, Nigel Moore, and Kam Robinson did the heavy lifting on the Gold side of the Ball. You can watch Kam Robinsons Highlights from the Spring Game below.

Kam Robinson definitely has the tools and skills to be one the best Viking Players ever.While that statement may be my biased opinion,to the eyes of Spartanburg fans and some others around the Southeast..IT IS FACT. The 6’1 215 pound prospect was recently named one of the top ten Running Backs at EPT TRAINING CAMP. KAM2

“The spring game went well for me but I feel like I could have done more in the game than what I did.”,Robinson said. “My main goals for this summer is to get stronger and learn all of the positions on the field,so I can be more of a threat.” Kam added,”I’m going to be honest I had to work on running harder, but like Coach Miller would tell me with my size,speed and skill there should be no reason I should be trucking downfield and running over people. This spring I proved to the coaches that I’m not afraid to run in between the tackles,and they can depend on me.”

Kam Robinson Highlights

The Spring Game also gave us a first glimpse of QB Jax Cash. Cash a South Carolina Baseball commit knows he will have to compete for a starting job,but realizes how much the spring practices and summer program are to him,coming back to football after some time away.


 “It was a great feeling! Last year, I was recovering from an arm injury and was forced to take the fall off ,I found out real quick that being in the stands on Friday nights was not for me”,Cash continued,”I’m really looking forward to being back on the football field this fall. It was good to be back in a football game environment with my teammates. I feel like I played pretty well, after taking a year off, but still have some things that I need to work on. The biggest thing is continuing to get comfortable & confident with my decisions, reads and  understanding that we have a lot weapons and my #1 job is getting the ball to those playmakers.” When I asked Jax about any “rust” he might have had he was quick to acknowledge, “I also need to continue working on my mechanics. I was a little rusty getting back out there but I know my coaches will help me with that.”

You see besides being a Gamecock Baseball commit and overall great athlete Jax has something that many Vikings in the past have. Family that bleeds Blue & Gold. Jax’s Father and Uncle were two of the best Lineman to ever play for Spartanburg. “Those guys are two of my biggest supporters. They both had a great run and are Vikings to the core. They have always talked to me growing up about what it really means to wear the Gold Helmet. I am thankful that I will have the chance and hope to make them,my team,my coaches and the Spartanburg Faithful proud.”

Well there you have it.Two young men and a Coach who will gladly place some of the weight of the season upon their shoulders.

I think in the Ayn Rand classic novel “ATLAS SHRUGGED”..


The title is a reference to Atlas, a Titan described in the novel as “the giant who holds the world on his shoulders”. The significance of this reference appears in a conversation between the characters Francisco d’Anconia and Hank Rearden, in which d’Anconia asks Rearden what advice he would give Atlas upon seeing that “the greater [the titan’s] effort, the heavier the world bore down on his shoulders”. With Rearden unable to answer, d’Anconia gives his own response: “To shrug”.

For my own personal taste while shrugging may have lifted the world off of Atlas..I think James Hetfield from Metallica may sum up The Spartanburg Vikings mindset a little bit better..




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