Myrtle Beach is not only the best team in Region VIII-AAA, it's also the best in the area.
But what opposing teams are starting to discover is the oft-penalized Seahawks aren't exactly the most disciplined squad. One of the problems Myrtle Beach can't cover up with it's high-octane offense and respected defense is those penalties.
"I don't think it's discipline," Seahawks coach Mickey Wilson said. "I think we're just aggressive. We're just an aggressive football team. That's the way you want it. But at the same time, you got to be smart."
The Seahawks were already well on their way to blowing out Socastee on Friday night when they got tagged for back-to-back 15-yard penalties in the second quarter. First, a defensive back was flagged for a pass interference call.
Then, as the referees were discussing the call, a player said something to either one of the referees or a Braves player. Out came another flag.
In the span of seconds, Socastee went from having a third down and three on its own 39-yard to having a first and 10 on the Myrtle Beach 31. Again, it ended up not mattering much.
For starters, the Seahawks were already leading 27-7, and secondly, the Braves fumbled on their next play from scrimmage.
Still, the game totals -- eight penalties, 73 yards -- might be the difference-maker come playoff time. For all the talk Friday of the Seahawks "peaking" in the playoffs, curtailing the number of penalties, maybe even more than quarterback Everett Golson's return, may be priority No. 1.
"If you get pushed, you gotta walk away and not retaliate. Sometimes we do that," Wilson said. "You know, we're just an aggressive football team. And I like that. But at the same time, you just gotta cut 'em back."
It may start with Myrtle Beach players and coaches controlling some of the emotion, something easier said than down behind Wilson, the fiery second-year coach. He has no problem walking out on the field to argue with refs or defend one of his players, regardless of the score.
He did it in the season opener against Carolina Forest, a game the Seahawks won 63-6 but were penalized 11 times for 98 yards.
That kind of thing will be of little problem as Myrtle Beach sails through region play, which continues Friday at St. James, but the teams the Seahawks are going to face come playoff time will likely be able to better expose the issue.
Carvers Bay beat Green Sea Floyds rather handedly on Friday night. The impressive part of that may have been the fact that the Bears did it without starting tailback Tevin Richard and quarterback Desmond Grate.
The pair of banged up players probably won't be out for too much longer, though, coach Nate Thompson said after the game.
Grate (hand) is expected to return after this week's bye, and Thompson anticipates Richard will be suited up for the team's regular-season finale against Johnsonville at the end of the month.
Their return is key for the Bears, who are also easing linemen Stephen Bromell and Vonttrell Grimmage back into regular duty.
"Hopefully we'll have all our weapons back and we'll be able to make a run at this thing," Thompson said of Class A, Division I playoffs.