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High school football notes: O-D Bowl could end up at Conway

The Offense-Defense All-American Bowl was by most accounts a major success in January at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium.

The locally based national instruction company, however, is keeping its options open for the 2011 game. While nothing is official and talks between Offense-Defense and another venue appear preliminary, at best, Conway coach and Athletics Director Chuck Jordan said he has been contacted about the potential of moving the annual game to Conway for at least one year.

"It's a matter now of working out some things," Jordan said. "We've got to figure out what it's going to cost us to do it.

"The benefits to us would be financial, No. 1. Secondly, we've got a nice venue; we've got a nice high school football stadium. It's kind of crazy not to use it when it's available."

Again, Jordan reiterated that moving the O-D Bowl to Conway is still a ways off. Still, the potential for moving the game to its third stadium in three years would mean the game is constantly searching for something else, be it financial or otherwise. The game was held at Coastal Carolina University's Brooks Stadium in 2009 before moving to Myrtle Beach's Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium in January 2010.

Offense-Defense director Artie Gigantino did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment Monday.

Jordan said he was not able to witness last year's game in person, but he was impressed two years ago when he watched the game at CCU.

"When I went to the one at Coastal, I was quite surprised at the quality of athletes they had," Jordan said. "You never know with an All-Star game. They had some really good players."

Last year, a number of highly touted players who signed NCAA Division I scholarships in February played in the game.

Making lemonade

In many ways, Conway and Myrtle Beach are simply trying to hang on until their quarterbacks return in full health.

In others, they proved last week that they can make the most out of an otherwise abysmal situation.

Conway's Mykal Moody and Myrtle Beach's Everett Golson appear to be headed to yet another Friday on the sidelines, each with their own respective injuries. But last week, both teams showed they could still win, even if they were both expected to do so.

The Seahawks did it with Mitch Campbell, the longtime backup. The senior completed 57 percent of his passes for 384 yards, four touchdowns and a pair of interceptions in leading Myrtle Beach to a 35-31 win over West Florence.

Think about what that could mean down the stretch. How do the rest of the Myrtle Beach players respond now come October should Golson tweak that ankle and need to come out for a series, a quarter, a half? This team now knows - as good as Golson is - it can win without him.

At Conway, Robert Nelson stepping in behind center is showing the Tigers how to do something completely different. The team's regular starting safety spelled Moody for the second straight week. And while it wasn't the most glorious of starts, he did his job just the same.

Jordan said having to replace his quarterback is "frustrating," but he's also realizing that when the region slate kicks off on Oct. 8, his defense will have a depth it otherwise didn't. Simply, with Nelson playing so many minutes at safety before, other players weren't getting their chance on the field.

Now, a number of underclassmen are getting more looks in live action than they ever would have previously. That should continue to pay off for the rest of this season, not to mention next.

Clear directive

North Myrtle Beach has yet to win its first football game under first-year coach Perry Woolbright, but the Chiefs at least have something to focus on during their week off.

After their open date Friday, the Chiefs will play back-to-back games against strong running teams, Carolina Forest and Socastee. The game against the Braves will mark the beginning of the Region VIII-AAA schedule.

While the two teams run the ball in different methods - Socastee with a triple option and Carolina Forest with more of a straightforward approach - it could increase North Myrtle Beach's chances of playing tighter games as September winds down.

The Chiefs (0-4) have allowed an average of nearly 38 points per game through their first four contests, the highest amount of any team in the region.

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