Friday’s games (Nov. 9)

November 8, 2012 

Conway (5-6) at Goose Creek (11-0)

When | 7:30 p.m.

The game | College scouts have been lining up all season to get a look at Goose Creek senior Tramel Terry. The 20 or so major football programs believe he’s going to be a stud on the next level, and for good reason. All Terry has done this year is run for 659 yards and 16 touchdowns while adding another 550 yards and three touchdowns through the air. Take into account the fact that Goose Creek is generally giving younger players time on the field during all those blowouts, and Terry’s numbers could jump off the page even more. Now consider that Terry is one of just five players on the Gators’ roster who already have college offers from BCS level schools. Point being, this Goose Creek team – one that won the Class AAAA, Division II state title a year ago and has won 24 straight games overall – is about as loaded as anyone in South Carolina. Conway, meanwhile, will be taking a less-than-100-percent quarterback into the game. Mykal Moody has been day-to-day all week while still recovering from a thigh bruise suffered two weeks ago.

On the air | WGTR-FM, 107.9

Last year | Did not play

Favorite | Goose Creek

Myrtle Beach (10-1) at Hanahan (10-1)

When | 7:30 p.m.

The game | Myrtle Beach is about to get a look at a quarterback who has the arms and legs to hurt the Seahawks, something coach Mickey Wilson’s team hasn’t had to deal too much with lately. Hanahan senior Anthony Smalls threw for just shy of 1,500 yards and 23 touchdowns during the regular season while rushing for another 700 or so yards. The last duel-threat quarterback Myrtle Beach saw this season was Conway’s Mykal Moody back on Sept. 21. Moody threw for 153 yards and rushed for 116 in that game. And while Smalls may not be Moody, it is something the Seahawks will need to be on top of this week. Last week’s game was the first time all season Wilson dressed out every player on his varsity roster. And good thing; containing the likes of Smalls, 1,000-yard receiver Mario Gates and 1,000-yard running back Octavius Hayes will likely require plenty of fresh bodies.

On the air | WYNA-FM, 104.9

Last year | Did not play

Favorite | Hanahan

Battery Creek (6-5) at Loris (7-3)

When | 7:30 p.m.

The game | Unlike last year, 2012’s playoff scenario looks dramatically different for Loris. A season ago, the Lions enjoyed a first-round bye. However, even then, they knew second-round opponent Timberland was the favorite. Sure enough, the Wolves won the game 34-12 and went on to win the Class AA, Division I state title. There aren’t many who believe this week’s opponent is that type of team. The Dolphins are coming off a 21-13 win over Waccamaw in the first round, the victory was the team’s first in postseason play in a decade. It pushed Battery Creek’s current winning streak to four games. However, those four victories came against teams with a combined 11-30 record. For Loris, then, getting the first-round playoff bye and then this type of second-round home game is much more appealing this season than it was in 2011.

On the air | WLSC-AM, 1240

Last year | Did not play

Favorite | Loris

Aynor (8-3) at Lee Central (7-3)

When | 7:30 p.m.

The game | Much like Aynor, Lee Central is a team built around running the football, albeit out of a completely different set. Utilizing primarily the spread, the Stallions are running for more than 200 yards per game. That figure stems mostly from three running backs DeVonte Wright (657 yards, nine touchdowns) and Johntel Johnson (439 yards, six touchdowns) and quarterback T’Darius Gregg (630 yards, 13 touchdowns). The high point came three weeks ago against Kingstree, when Lee Central put up 533 yards on the ground en route to a 76-point scoring spree. Combine that with Aynor’s ability to put up similar numbers, and more than likely, this game will be decided by the team that is able to execute its rushing attack without fumbling the ball away. It was a problem last week for Aynor in a closer-than-it-should-have-been win over Kingstree. If the Blue Jackets can correct it, though, a second playoff victory this year is not out of the question.

Last year | Did not play

Favorite | Lee Central

By Ian Guerin, For The Sun News

Myrtle Beach Sun News is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service