Friday’s Games (Oct. 12)

October 11, 2012 

South Florence (5-2, 0-1) at Carolina Forest (1-6, 0-0)

When | 7:30 p.m.

The game | None of the five teams in Region VI-AAAA are out of the mix for a title, and Carolina Forest is out to prove that it is much better than its 1-6 record indicates. In order to do that, the Panthers would be well-served to take advantage of playing three of its four region games taking place at home. It starts Friday night against South Florence, a team that, like Carolina Forest, has had some problems with turnovers. The Bruins had five last week in a loss to Sumter. This one should come down to which fast-paced offense takes better care of the football.

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

Last year | South Florence 34, Carolina Forest 20

Favorite | South Florence

West Ashley (1-6) at Conway (3-4)

When | 7:30 p.m.

The game | Conway was certainly handed a bit of a blessing when it received West Ashley in the cross-bracketing with Region VII-AAAA. The game won’t count in the region standings, but it will give the Tigers a week to shore up some issues before the final three games of the regular season. West Ashley is the lone team from Region VII-AAAA that doesn’t have at least five victories. Meanwhile, Conway and quarterback Mykal Moody are coming off a big win at West Florence to open its own region play a week ago.

On the air | WGTR-FM, 107.9

Last year | Did not play

Favorite | Conway

Myrtle Beach (6-1, 1-1) at St. James (2-5, 1-1)

When | 7:30 p.m.

The game | Myrtle Beach players now have to do something they’ve never had to do before: Bounce back from a region loss. The current crop of Seahawks had not lost a region game in their careers, and after last week’s home defeat to Socastee, Myrtle Beach now has to right the ship and make sure it doesn’t spiral into bigger problems. Most likely, playing a St. James team that is down should help. Still, the Seahawks need to make sure the defense is ready to slow down a Sharks offense that – like Socastee before it – has an ability to put together long, clock-milking drives.

On the air | WYNA-FM, 104.9

Last year | Myrtle Beach 48, St. James 7

Favorite | Myrtle Beach

North Myrtle Beach (4-3, 0-2) at Wilson (2-5, 0-2)

When | 7:30 p.m.

The game | The Chiefs have struggled at the start of Region VII-AAA play, and for good reason. The team has basically played the opening two games without top running back Delonzo Williams (foot), and most of last week’s loss to Georgetown without starting quarterback Kendrick Furness. It played a role in blowout losses to Socastee and Georgetown, a pair of quality teams gunning for a top-two finish in the region. This week, though, it appears both players could be back in uniform. If so, North Myrtle Beach could win its first region game since 2009.

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

Last year | Wilson 27, North Myrtle Beach 10

Favorite | North Myrtle Beach

Aynor (5-2, 1-1) at Waccamaw (3-4, 0-2)

When | 7:30 p.m.

The game | Aynor’s top running back, Hunter Windham, may be a game-time decision after missing last week’s game with a stomach virus. But it may not matter. The Blue Jackets’ rushing attack is more than capable in the hands of Damion Riggins (108 yards last week, 561 on the season). If Windham does play, that’s even more trouble for a Waccamaw defense that doesn’t have much depth. The two backs, along with the third part of the triad, Ronique Smith, may have a bit of a field day.

Last year | Waccamaw 26, Aynor 14

Favorite | Aynor

Mullins (2-5, 1-1) at Loris (5-2, 2-0)

When | 7:30 p.m.

The game | It’s hard to get a solid gauge on Mullins, a team that has yet to play many close games this season. Both of the Auctioneers’ victories have been blowouts, including one over Region VIII-AA foe Waccamaw. But Mullins has also lost three games by wide margins. That points to inconsistencies in performance, and that’s not a good thing when preparing for Loris. The Lions have erupted on both sides of the ball, winning their first two region games by a combined score of 105-0.

On the air | WLSC-AM, 1240

Last year | Loris 10, Mullins 0

Favorite | Loris

Andrews (2-5, 1-1) at Lake City (1-6, 1-1)

When | 7:30 p.m.

The game | The Yellow Jackets are coming off an impressive win over Kingstree, and Andrews needs to fight to keep this momentum going. A good start in making sure that happens is to continue to ride the strong running of tailback Jaleel Filmore. Last week, he put together a 30-carry, 173-yard performance that allowed quarterback Ethan Wright to also get going. Wright threw for a touchdown and ran for another, in part because another opponent was struggling to slow down Filmore.

Last year | Andrews 17, Lake City 14

Favorite | Andrews

Carvers Bay (6-1, 2-0) at Hemingway (3-4, 0-2)

When | 7:30 p.m.

The game | This is starting to look like the Carvers Bay teams of old that went to four state championships (winning two) between 2002-2008. The Bears’ defense is nothing short of spectacular, and quarterback Da’Shaun Aiken (19 total touchdowns) has turned into a dynamic playmaker on both sides of the ball. Add in a running back in Devin Cuttino who is averaging just shy of eight yards per carry and Carvers Bay has a team capable of ending a five-game losing streak to its cross-town rival.

Last year | Hemingway 27, Carvers Bay 6

Favorite | Carvers Bay

Green Sea-Floyds (1-6, 0-2) at Latta (3-4, 1-1)

When | 7:30 p.m.

The game | The Trojans are reeling, and they’re running out of time in coach Tony Sullivan’s first season to make progress in terms of wins and losses. The biggest part of it comes on offense, where Green Sea-Floyds is simply failing to score enough points to take advantage of what has been a decent defensive showing. The Trojans are averaging fewer than eight points per game, and that figure is closer to five points per game in the current six-game losing streak.

Last year | Latta 14, Green Sea-Floyds 6

Favorite | Latta

By Ian Guerin, For The Sun News

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