Other Friday night matchups (Oct. 5)

October 4, 2012 

Conway (2-4) at West Florence (5-1)

When | 7:30 p.m.

The game | Conway’s had two weeks to rest up after its 56-55 slugfest loss to Myrtle Beach, and the Tigers will be thankful of that break Friday night. The Knights run a no-huddle, spread offense that has shown it can put up points in a hurry. Last week, West Florence led 21-0 at the end of the first quarter against Ashley Ridge – Conway’s opponent next week – and never looked back. It’s going to put the Tigers defense to the test again. Considering Chuck Jordan’s defense has given up 96 points in the last two games, it may be up to the offense to continue to score at will in order to start Region VI-AAAA play off on the right foot.

On the air | WGTR-FM, 107.9

Last year | West Florence 20, Conway 14

Favorite | West Florence

Carolina Forest (1-5) at Goose Creek (6-0)

When | 7:30 p.m.

The game | It’s hard to imagine Carolina Forest playing a tougher team this season. Goose Creek – the No. 2 team in Class AAAA in the state and the defending Class AAAA, Division II state champ – has won 19 straight games, all by double digits. Five of the Gators’ games this season have been decided by 32 points or more. Add in the fact that Carolina Forest tailback Harold Atkinson (knee) may not play, and the Panthers have their work cut out for them. The good thing for Drew Hummel’s team is that this game, a cross-bracketed game with Region VII-AAAA, won’t count in the Panthers’ Region VI-AAAA standings. That begins next week when Carolina Forest gets South Florence at home.

On the air | WHSC-FM, 101.9; WIQB-AM, 1050

Last year | Did not play

Favorite | Goose Creek

Georgetown (4-2) at North Myrtle Beach (4-2)

When | 7:30 p.m.

The game | North Myrtle Beach’s blowout loss to Socastee last week had quite a bit to do with starting tailback Delonzo Williams being out with an injury. To make matters worse, starting quarterback Kendrick Furness was hurt in the third quarter when he re-injured his ankle. Chances are, both of them won’t be at full strength – if they play much at all – and that could be a problem Friday night against the Bulldogs. Georgetown’s Caleb Hughes is starting to show off some of the flair fans were waiting for earlier this year, as he threw for 270 yards in a win last week over St. James.

On the air | WGTN-AM, 1400; WRNN-FM, 99.5; nmbchiefs.com

Last year | Georgetown 36, North Myrtle Beach 14

Favorite | Georgetown

Wilson (2-4) at St. James (1-5)

When | 7:30 p.m.

The game | The Sharks have a legitimate chance at home at snapping their current four-game losing skid, but they’re going to have to rely on the things they do right in order to upset an experienced Wilson team. St. James has only one win on the season so far, but it’s not like coach Mark Fischer’s team has been getting blown out. The team is getting outscored by an average of just six points per game, and much of that has to do with the running game’s ability to control the clock. If the Sharks get up over 200 yards in this one, they could pick up a region victory.

Last year | Wilson 31, St. James 7

Favorite | Wilson

Loris (4-2) at Waccamaw (3-3)

When | 7:30 p.m.

The game | Waccamaw’s non-region schedule helped the Warriors put up a three-game winning streak, but coach Tyronne Davis’ team is into the thick of it in a big way. After falling 40-8 to Mullins in the Region VIII-AA opener a week ago, Waccamaw is not going to be playing host to a team that stormed into the meaningful part of the schedule in a big way. Loris forced three turnovers, dominated Marion on both offense and defense and won 56-0. It was enough to keep the Lions and the top defensive unit on the Grand Strand in terms of points per game allowed, and it will be a major uphill climb for Waccamaw to overcome.

On the air | WLSC-AM, 1240

Last year | Loris 49, Waccamaw 7

Favorite | Loris

Aynor (4-2) at Marion (1-5)

When | 7:30 p.m.

The game | Aynor is more than likely not going to hold Marion to the five first downs and 121 total yards Loris did a week ago. But, that doesn’t mean that the Blue Jackets’ quality running game won’t be able to put up similar offensive numbers Friday night. Aynor has its toughest Region VIII-AA game out of the way, and after years of struggling against Marion, this should be the season coach Jody Jenerette’s team gets into the top half. Wins over Marion are a must, though.

Last year | Marion 40, Aynor 22

Favorite | Aynor

Kingstree (1-5) at Andrews (1-5)

When | 7:30 p.m.

The game | Andrews’ record may not show it, but the Yellow Jackets aren’t as bad as the 1-5 start would suggest. The team’s last two losses have come by a combined eight points, and while coach Steve Blanchard’s team may not have the firepower to keep up with region front-runner Timberland, this is one of those games that should put another check in the win column. Kingstree did not win a game in either 2010 or 2011, and Jaguars are struggling again this season.

Last year | Andrews 35, Kingstree 8

Favorite | Andrews

Carvers Bay (5-1) at Scott’s Branch (0-6)

When | 7:30 p.m.

The game | Carvers Bay is rolling, and seemingly everything is going right for the Bears since a Week 1 loss to fellow Class A power Johnsonville. Last week, the Bears kept it up, beating C.E. Murray 47-0 and proving that an above average offense goes hand-in-hand with a stifling defense. Carvers Bay is allowing a little more than nine points per game through the first six contests of the year, and it means Friday night’s game – Scott’s Branch is scoring even fewer than that – should be another lopsided Bears’ victory.

Last year | Did not play

Favorite | Carvers Bay

Hannah-Pamplico (1-5) at Green Sea-Floyds (1-5)

When | 7:30 p.m.

The game | It’s hard to take a look at either of these teams’ records and be too impressed. However, both small programs have played against some much better competition. That included the first week of Region VIII-A play, when Hannah-Pamplico (vs. Lake View) and the Trojans (Johnsonville) played the two teams expected to finish first and second in the division. Friday night, Green Sea-Floyds is going to need another big effort from quarterback Devante Dawkins (two scores last week) and running back Jamel Swinton, who caught one of the touchdowns, an 83-yarder.

Last year | Did not play

Favorite | Green Sea-Floyds

By Ian Guerin, For The Sun News

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