Preseason teams are difficult to pick because so much can happen.
Players can suffer injuries; maybe their teams struggle, leaving individual numbers or impact limited. Or the media members selecting the team simply have no clue what they’re talking about (hard to believe, but it is possible).
But be it preseason, postseason or whenever, The Sun News’ fourth annual Grand Strand Football All-Name team is always good to go. These are the best names from the official high school rosters released by the coaches leading into our preseason coverage.
The monikers aren’t all necessarily given names – think former Myrtle Beach standout Chocolate Wilson, who is now going by D’Andre at Marshall. Either way, they are the best of the best the Myrtle Beach area has to offer.
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Pooh Brantley, So., Conway: Some of the biggest and baddest players of all time have had cuddly nicknames. It doesn’t have to make sense.
Reece Finch, So., North Myrtle Beach: Shortened for Maurice, either of the two nickname options would have flowed well with the family name.
Cavonte Gamble, Sr., Georgetown: Not too long ago, there was another pretty good Gamble who played cornerback. The name and the position just match.
Hunter Hucks, So., Green Sea-Floyds: Alliteration is a good way to go if you want your kid to be a quarterback.
Ian Lane, Jr., Georgetown/Ian Becker, Sr., Waccamaw: If you’re looking for an absolute stud, we recommend you start with this first name.
Katahj McKnight, Sr., North Myrtle Beach: Arguably the most original given name locally isn’t found on any of the top name meaning websites.
Jacob Necessary, Jr., Socastee: We felt it fundamental, paramount, crucial, imperative: mandatory, even: to include this kid on the list.
Precise Owens, Jr., Loris: The two-time selection had precisely 112 tackles last year, helping the Lions hold opponents to precisely 9.9 points per game while winning precisely 11 games.
Victory Woods, Sr., Carolina Forest: The first-ever three-time honoree on this list, we’re still awaiting confirmation of the “Victory Formation” play call.
CNB Kickoff luncheon on tap
The annual CNB Kickoff Classic luncheon is set for Tuesday at the bank’s Myrtle Beach branch on 21st Ave.
The event, which serves as one of the openers for the high school football season, will feature the nine coaches from Horry County and Waccamaw’s Tyronne Davis, as well as members of CNB’s management team and longtime local football coach and administrator Buddy Sasser.
The matchups for the 10-team jamboree on Friday at Conway are: Myrtle Beach vs. Aynor; Socastee vs. Waccamaw; Green Sea-Floyds vs. St. James; Carolina Forest vs. Loris; North Myrtle Beach vs. Conway.
The scrimmages will begin at 6 p.m.