Practices for high school football teams in South Carolina opened Friday, and games are just three weeks away.
That means every school is looking for its go-to players, guys who can present matchup issues for opponents, and, if necessary, take over a play, series or even game.
Some area coaches already have a good idea of who those players will be. Here are 10 local standouts every area fan should know. Regardless of college potential, they could ultimately be the most influential players on the Grand Strand in 2014.
•Michael Billings, RB, Sr., Georgetown
| A high-ankle sprain stopped Billings in his tracks during his junior year after just four games at full strength. But he’s healthy again and ready to improve upon his 540-yard, seven-touchdown season. If the Bulldogs return to the playoffs, it could be because of Billings’ running ability.
•Will Brunson, QB, Sr., Carolina Forest
| Brunson has twice set the school record for touchdowns and passing yards, and after his 2,967-yard, 28-touchdown season in 2013, he is the centerpiece of a Panthers team trying to turn things around under first-year coach Marc Morris. Brunson’s chances at big numbers are actually going to increase, as Carolina Forest is going to a quick-snap offense.