Neither Myrtle Beach nor North Myrtle Beach earned many style points on Friday night.
But in essence, both will take victories any way they can get them – especially if it keeps a zero in the loss column.
While Myrtle Beach labored to put away rival Conway on a soggy turf at “The Backyard” in the team’s annual Battle for the Victory Bell, North Myrtle Beach pulled away from Camden to remain unblemished on the season, despite giving up more than 400 yards of total offense.
Both now 6-0, this sets up quite the tilt next week at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium, one anticipated by many after each squad’s promising start to the season. While Myrtle Beach has proven resilient in winning three games against Class 5A foes, rival North Myrtle Beach has simply plugged right along, beating each of its opponents by double figures.
Certainly, the fact this matchup pits rivals whets the taste of fans in both communities. But what further adds juice to an occasion already laden with importance is this is the Region VII-4A opener for both teams, the winner getting the added incentive of a leg up over their top competition in the league along with bragging rights for a year.
Will the game mark the arrival of the North Myrtle Beach to the big time? Or will the rival Seahawks again shut the door on its aspirations of a conference title?
Come 7:30 p.m. on Friday night, we should begin moving in the direction of finding some answers.
AROUND THE AREA
▪ A year after losing its grip on the “Battle of 707” trophy, Socastee once again seized the hardware Friday night, downing rival St. James by a score of 35-14. The Braves were led by running back Edward Tucker, who rushed for 133 yards on 21 carries and scored a touchdown.
▪ Despite fumbling 10 times – turning it over on four occasions – Green Sea Floyds built some momentum headed into its league slate Friday night, earning a 26-0 victory over Camden Military. Akil Gause ran for 160 yards and two touchdowns in a winning effort.
▪ Carolina Forest managed less than 100 yards of total offense, completing only a single pass against a stout Loris defense on Friday night. But it was the Panthers’ defensive unit that owned the day, forcing six turnovers – taking a pair of fumbles to pay dirt – to lead it to a 21-0 win over its Horry County counterparts.
▪ Carvers Bay continued to build momentum in Region VII-2A play, rolling past Kingstree by a score of 46-6.
▪ Waccamaw was unable to hold on to a late lead, Hannah-Pamplico scoring a touchdown in the final minute of play to stun the Warriors, 19-15.
Edward Tucker, Socastee: The Braves running back ran for 133 yards on 21 carries, scoring a touchdown to lead his team to a 35-14 victory over St. James in the ‘Battle of 707.’
Akil Gause, Green Sea Floyds: Continuing to rack up yards in bunches, the Trojans running back rushed for 160 yards and two touchdowns to help his team to a 26-0 win over Camden Military.
Carolina Forest defense: The Panthers defensive unit forced six turnovers, taking two fumbles back for touchdowns to lead Carolina Forest to a 21-0 victory.
Keyonte Sessions, Myrtle Beach: Scoring two touchdowns on the ground, he also made a number of tackles to help the Seahawks secure the Victory Bell for the fourth time in five years with a 13-8 win over Conway.
T.J. Gore, North Myrtle Beach: The Chiefs running back ran for 101 yards on nine carries, scoring twice to help North Myrtle Beach remain undefeated in a 35-14 win over Camden.
1. Myrtle Beach: Despite a narrow win, the Seahawks’ defense looked more than up to the task on a sloppy night at “The Backyard.”
2. North Myrtle Beach: The Chiefs did their part to ensure a battle of undefeated teams at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium, and continue to round into shape as a force on the Grand Strand.
3. Carolina Forest: Despite doing next to nothing offensively, the Panthers again proved they were more than one player or one unit, its defense keying it to a hard-fought win.
4. Georgetown: Moving up on an off week, the Bulldogs have built solid momentum heading into their region schedule.
5. Conway: The Tigers’ defense did more than enough to pull out a victory. But getting their offense back on track is pivotal as the team moves into Region VI-5A play.
North Myrtle Beach at Myrtle Beach (The Sun News' Game of the Week)
Carolina Forest at Socastee
Carvers Bay at Marion
Conway at West Florence
Georgetown at Aynor
Lake City at Loris
Lake View at Green Sea Floyds
St. James at Marlboro County
Waccamaw at Dillon