High School Football

Conway likely without Moody for Wando game

For all those coaches who made it through preseason practice with a sigh of relief because of the lack of injuries, there's others - after two weeks of the football season - who are starting to feel the crunch.

Maybe the biggest injury of last week's games came at Summerville, where Conway starting quarterback Mykal Moody sprained an ankle during a third quarter pileup and was forced to the sidelines. The Tigers had the lead when Moody went down, only to lose the game 50-26.

Coach Chuck Jordan won't make any excuses for the loss; at the same time, he recognized what the injury did to not only his offense, but his defense. Backup quarterback Robert Nelson, a starting safety on defense, was forced to move over to offense.

"He was spent when he came in at quarterback," Jordan said of Nelson.

As for this week?

Jordan said Moody is day-to-day. Trainers told the coach the ankle sprain may have been higher than originally thought. Typically, the high-ankle sprains require longer to rehabilitate.

"Robert is the starter, and we're going to prepare that way," Jordan said. "You just don't know. Those things are so funny."

The Tigers host Wando on Friday, followed by a Week 3 matchup against Socastee. The two non-region matchups should allow Conway to ease Moody back behind center.

The sophomore quarterback might not play a full game before a Sept. 17 contest against Marlboro County.

Moody, who had 145 yards and three touchdowns rushing before he left the Summerville game, has 226 yards rushing in essentially one full game of playing time. He was removed from a Week 0 blowout victory over North Myrtle Beach in the third quarter with his team leading 35-0.

Now, Moody is going to spend plenty of time in the whirlpool getting that ankle ready. His teammates will be getting what Jordan said is a fortunate side effect to an unfortunate situation.

"It forces you to create depth," he said. "We're not only going to create more depth at quarterback, we're going to create more depth at safety where Robert is playing."

More on the mend

A number of other area schools will also be playing the wait-and-see game with players this week.

At Georgetown, a team struggling to find some semblance of offense, quarterback Patrick Ward played despite a broken bone on the outside of his throwing hand.

"He needs surgery on it, but he's gotten through it," Georgetown coach Bradley Adams said. "I don't know how he's doing it, but he's pushing through it."

Adams said Ward will continue to wear a splint that stretches from his ring and pinky fingers on that right hand down to his wrist. It forces him to grip the ball with his middle and index fingers and his thumb.

Caleb Hughes is expected to return to practice today after suffering a concussion during practice the week before the season opener. Like Moody at Conway, he likely won't be rushed back into action.

That means the Bulldogs could play three quarterbacks Friday against Andrews.

More injuries

In case you missed it, Waccamaw quarterback Alex Burdette left Friday's win over St. James after hurting his throwing shoulder. At Carvers Bay, coach Nate Thompson was without three players last week: linebacker Tyrell Goss and linemen Stephen Bromell and Vontrell Grimmage. The losses didn't stop the Bears from winning, but they are still of concern for one of the better teams in Class A.

Come again?

Although Myrtle Beach-Byrnes is going to get most of the attention Friday night, Aynor and Green Sea Floyds - two of the smaller schools in the area - will be playing to see which begins the season 3-0.

Green Sea Floyds hasn't been 3-0 since 2007, when the Trojans finished 7-4. For Aynor, coach Jody Jenerette says it's been at least "10-15 years" since the Blue Jackets accomplished the feat.

And the ultra-realistic Jenerette doesn't care who those wins come against.

"It don't matter if we're playing the Conway Rec league," he said. "It would mean a lot for our community and our kids. We're trying to turn this thing around a little bit. It would be a big step in our process."

Would it ever.

Jenerette, in his sixth year at Aynor, has finished with win totals of 4, 2, 0, 3 and 1 in his first five seasons.

So moving to 3-0 against a semi-rival in Green Sea Floyds would be a major boost in morale for a team accustomed to losing. It won't be easy.

Under first-year coach Joey Still, the Trojans are starting to reap the benefits of new blood. Wins over West Columbus (N.C.) and North Central aren't going to push Green Sea Floyds into the national rankings, but it has certainly opened a few eyes, including Jenerette's.

"This is the best Green Sea team I've seen since I've been here," he said. "This squad, he's got a lot of athletes on the field."

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