So far, so good.
Chris Brantley ran 24 times for 125 yards and two touchdowns and the Conway football team defeated West Florence 28-0 on Friday night in both teams' region opener.
"It's the first week of region, so half the teams are undefeated others are defeated," Conway coach Chuck Jordan said. "It's always good to get on the top side of that. The challenge is to stay there because that's going to help us for the playoffs."
The Tigers' defense came up with big plays when it needed to Friday to complete the shutout, Jordan said.
"Our defense played real well. We came up with four turnovers, of course that's always big," Jordan said. "I thought our defense played well. We played well in the red zone. We actually turned the ball over in the red zone once. Our defense came on strong and kept them out."
Robert Nelson was 12-for-15 passing for 105 yards and also ran for a touchdown and Malcolm Murphy had a rushing score for Conway (4-3).
"I thought we took advantage of opportunities we had. We were 12-for-15 passing and that never hurts when you complete those passes," said Jordan, whose team has been without injured starting quarterback Mykal Moody for several weeks. "We rushed the all well. I felt like we controlled the line of scrimmage."
Overall, Jordan says his team is where it should be at this point of the season.
"I think at this time of the year you just work on the details of the game," Jordan said. "Offensively, we just got to get better and better at the little things. Same for our defense. Same for the kicking game. The basics ought to be in place at this point in time. That's kind of where we are."
The Tigers' next opponent is Lugoff-Elgin, which is new to Class AAAA.
"It's not a team we've ever played," Jordan said. "I know they have grown a lot in the last several years population-wise. I just don't know much about them [as a football team]."
Wilson 42, (at) St. James 14 | Braxton Ivery ran 11 times for 122 yards and three touchdowns - including two second-half scores - as the Tigers pulled away in the second half.
Ivery also passed for a touchdown.
Sharks quarterback Chase Smith struggled, completing just 12 of 28 passes and throwing three interceptions. He connected with Caleb Duggan for his lone passing touchdown.
The Tigers had 339 yards of total offense while St. James had 289.
(At) Marion 31, Aynor 14 | After playing to a scoreless draw in the first quarter, the Swamp Foxes piled on 18 points in the second quarter to pull away.
Aynor coach Jody Jenerette said his defense played well, but lost opportunities on offense plagued the Blue Jackets.
"We didn't block very well. They're a lot better than we are up front," Jenerette said. "It was just one of those nights."
Aynor forced three turnovers on defense.
"It was a good effort," Jenerette said. "We changed some things on defense. They played hard, played their tails off. We've got to find a way to win two of the next three games and get in the playoffs.
Devante Kinlaw ran 25 times for 110 yards and a score in the loss.
"He's played better these last two weeks than the whole early part of the season," Jenerette said. "He's running tougher now, more physical. He's turning into a football player. He was [more of] a track kid."
(At) Lugoff-Elgin 28, Carolina Forest 21 | Tied 21-all, Lugoff-Elgin was able to go ahead and then hang on.
"They had an 11-yard run on a buck sweep that had given us some problems all night," Carolina Forest coach Drew Hummel said. "They're a big, physical football team. They run the ball downhill well."
The Panthers had two chances to make a comeback in the fourth quarter but both ended in interceptions.
"It just comes down to fourth-quarter execution and they just did a better job of that tonight," Hummel said.
The area's leading rusher, Mark Timmons, had 19 carries for 106 yards and Jarvez Holmes had six catches for 69 yards and a pair of touchdowns for the Panthers.