High School Football

High school football: Preview capsules for tonight's games

A closer look at this week's game beginning with the game of the week and the plater(s) to watch from the game of the week:

GAME OF THE WEEK

Byrnes (0-1) at Myrtle Beach (1-0)

Time | 8 p.m.

The game | Byrnes is ranked fifth in AAAA and the Seahawks are No. 1 in AAA in the state’s sports writers’ poll. The Rebels are coming off a season-opening 14-0 loss to Hoover (Ala.), which is now ranked No. 11 in the nation in USA Today’s Super 25. Prior to last week, Byrnes hadn’t been shut out since 1999. The Rebels are not the juggernaut they were last season, but they are still very talented. Myrtle Beach coach Mickey Wilson said the Rebels’ team speed is what stands out on film. Byrnes is short-handed, with wide receiver Tony Hillman out for the season with a knee injury, tight end Craig Weick out up to two months with a foot injury and receiver Akia Booker suspended for the first two games. The Rebels also have a first-year quarterback in Zach Blair, but there is still junior running back Shakeem Wharton, who has drawn interest from South Carolina. Myrtle Beach quarterback Everett Golson is closing in on the top-10 in the national record books in career touchdown passes. Former No. 1 NFL Draft pick Tim Couch is 10th on the all-time list with 133 career passing touchdowns – Golson is now at 130. Golson cracked the 10,000 yards passing mark last week against Carolina Forest and now has 10,179 yards passing in his career – 2,004 yards short of 10th on the all-time list.

On the air | 104.9 BOB-FM, www.htcnetracer.net

Last season | Byrnes 65, Myrtle Beach 14

Favorite | Myrtle Beach

PLAYER TO WATCH

Kerry Chestnut

School | Myrtle Beach

Position | Linebacker

Class | Junior

The scoop | Chestnut is the veteran of an inexperienced linebacking corps. The 6-foot, 229-pound junior saw plenty of action in 2009, returning a fumble for a score and pulling down an interception for the AAA finalist, but the other two starting linebackers for the Seahawks -- sophomore Octavius Thomas (5-8, 187) and senior LaQuan Anderson (5-11, 190) -- did not see much action last season. The group as a whole will be key to Myrtle Beach’s success tonight. Byrnes is likely to turn to its ground game with a depleted passing attack, and running back Shakeem Wharton is capable of a big game. If Chestnut and Co. can keep that from happening, the Seahawks will have a good chance at exacting a little revenge on the Rebels after last season’s humiliation.

OTHER AREA GAMES

Andrews (2-0) at Georgetown (0-2)

Time | 7 p.m.

The game | The visiting Yellow Jackets have 625 yards rushing in two games this season, and their defense has been just as good. In its season-opening win over Johnsonville, Andrews had two blocked punts and an interception returned for touchdowns, and last week it shut out Mullins while forcing three more turnovers. In their first two games, the Bulldogs have been outgained on the ground 324-47 and outscored 44-2. Injuries at quarterback have slowed the Georgetown attack, but it’s been an inability of the offensive line to create holes that has been the biggest obstacle.

Last season | Andrews 28, Georgetown 10

Favorite | Andrews

Aynor (2-0) at Green Sea Floyds (2-0)

Time | 7:30 p.m.

The game | This is an unlikely battle of unbeatens. Aynor has turned the ball over once on the season and two running backs have gained more than 150 yards rushing in a game. For all of last season, the highest single-game individual rushing total for the Blue Jackets was 102 yards. As a team in 2009, Aynor averaged 2.9 yards per carry and 117.7 rushing yards per game. In two games this season, the Blue Jackets are averaging 6.4 yards per carry and 275.5 rushing yards per game. For the Trojans, a win would give the program its best start since beginning 4-0 in 2007. A third victory would also give Green Sea Floyds more wins than in each of the past two seasons. The Trojans have posted back-to-back 2-8 records.

Last season | Green Sea Floyds 32, Aynor 20

Favorite | Green Sea Floyds

Carolina Forest (1-1) at St. James (0-2)

Time | 7:30 p.m.

The game | These two programs haven’t played since the Panthers left the local AAA region after the 2007 season, and the Panthers hold a 3-1 all-time series lead. Both teams have faced a top defense in the area and both offenses were shut down in those games. But the Panthers found a ton of running room against Socastee while St. James’ offense sputtered in both outings this season. Sharks senior Carl Buddin has taken most of the snaps under center in what was expected to be a two-quarterback rotation with Chase Smith. Carolina Forest has averaged 6.2 yards per rush attempt while the Sharks are giving up 5.0 per attempt.

On the air | The Team 93.9-FM, mysportsstation.com, teammyrtlebeach.com; TV replays at 2 p.m. Sundays on HTC Ch. 16 and 8 p.m. Wednesdays on HTC Ch. 4.

Last season | Did not play

Favorite | Carolina Forest

Waccamaw (2-0) at Carvers Bay (1-1)

Time | 7:30 p.m.

The game | The Warriors have a true playmaker in running back Jalen Simmons. The exciting freshman can make things happen in the open field, but the bunched attack the Warriors employ on offense hasn’t provided him much room to this point. Simmons has been most exciting on returns and makes the Warriors dangerous in the kicking game. Both teams are banged up. Waccamaw senior quarterback Alex Burdette injured his shoulder last week while the Bears were missing four starters on the offensive line. Carvers Bay has given up just 154 rushing yards on the season while Waccamaw has run the ball on 74 of 80 offensive plays.

Last season | Did not play

Favorite | Carvers Bay

Wando (1-0) at Conway (1-1)

Time | 7:30 p.m.

The game | The big question is whether Conway sophomore quarterback Mykal Moody will play tonight after suffering an ankle sprain last week against Summerville. If Moody sits, junior Robert Nelson will have to lead the Tigers’ attack. Nelson has completed 6 of his 12 pass attempts but he has also thrown two interceptions. Wando went 2-9 last year, but gave Conway a tough game in ’09. The Warriors have only played once this season, a 31-0 pasting of Ridge View. Conway has scored 16 points against Wando in each of the last two seasons.

On the air | WGTR-FM, 107.9, www.htcnetracer.net

Last season | Conway 16, Wando 12

Favorite | Conway

West Brunswick (N.C.) (0-2) at North Myrtle Beach (0-2)

Time | 7:30 p.m.

The game | On the season, the Chiefs have 115 rushing yards on 44 carries and have completed four of 18 passes for 14 yards with two interceptions. In all, they have scored zero points, turned the ball over seven times and average 64.5 yards of offense per game. Things have gotten off to a slow start for first-year coach Perry Woolbright, but the schedule lightens up a bit now after opening with Conway and Loris. West Brunswick gave up 345 total yards to Socastee last week and was penalized 12 times for 90 yards in a game the Trojans lost by one in overtime.

On the air | WRNN-FM 99.5, nmbchiefs.com, live video at htcnetracer.net

Last season | Did not play

Favorite | West Brunswick (N.C.)

Ashley Ridge (1-0) at Socastee (1-1)

Time | 7:30 p.m.

The game | Ashley Ridge, a AAAA school out of Summerville, shut out AAA’s Cane Bay 14-0 last week in both teams’ season opener. It was the program’s first shutout and came in its first game under new head coach Kenny Walker. Ashley Ridge quarterback Cameron Cox had 95 yards rushing and 140 passing in the win. The Braves looked more like themselves last week with senior P.J. Braves rushing for 252 yards on 29 carries, including the game-winning, two-point conversion run. The Braves’ defense has allowed 545 rushing yards in two games.

Last season | Did not play

Favorite | Socastee

Loris (2-0) at South Columbus (N.C.) (1-0)

Time | 7:30 p.m.

The game | This was the turning point for Loris football last season. Trailing 25-7 entering the fourth quarter, Loris scored the final 22 points against the Stallions. The win propelled the Lions to a winning record, their first since 2003. Now expectations are much higher in Loris. The Lions are averaging 40 points and 329 yards rushing per game, led by senior R.J. Brown’s 380 yards on the ground and 11.2 per carry average. The Stallions feature senior playmaker Brian Riggins, who has drawn interest from Clemson, South Carolina and North Carolina, to name a few. Riggins (5-11, 190 pounds) has played running back, quarterback, receiver and defensive back for South Columbus.

On the air | WLSC-AM 1240, tigerradio.com, WTAB-AM 1370, wtabradio.com

Last season | Loris 29, South Columbus 25

Favorite | Loris

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