High School Football

Prep football: Preview capsules of area games (Sept. 17)

Game of the Week

Waccamaw (3-1) at Georgetown (1-2)

When | 7 p.m. Friday

The game | Despite an open date last week, Georgetown didn't take time to digest its first win of 2010 back on Sept. 3. Immediately, the Bulldogs started going to work preparing for Waccamaw, and for good reason. The Warriors’ offense, led by backfield mates Jalen Simmons, Nick Davis and Daniel Poinsette, may not be the most explosive ball carriers in the area, but they can chip away at defensive lines. That may be an issue for Georgetown, which is already thin on the offensive line (and by association, defensive line) because of injuries to guards Darius Brown and Dustin Martin. Both will miss at least this week, if not more. That added strain in the trenches may be too much for the Bulldogs to overcome.

On the air | WRNN-AM 1400; ESPN 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 | Waccamaw

Player to watch

Patrick Ward

School | Georgetown

Position | Quarterback

Class | Senior

The scoop | Ward’s throwing hand is still partially covered by a splint from his wrist to the tips of his fingers. He’s not going to throw for 300 yards and he likely isn’t going to rush for a ton, either, but whether or not the Bulldogs are able to win this game may rely entirely on Ward’s ability to control Georgetown’s offense. The 5-foot-10, 160-pound senior will have to effectively keep his team winning the field-position battle and avoid interceptions while hoping his running backs also hold onto the ball against Waccamaw.

The rest of this week's area games

Myrtle Beach (2-1) at South Florence (3-1)

When | 7:30 p.m. Friday

The game | South Florence is looking for its fourth straight win, which would be the first time the program has accomplished the feat since 1992. The Bruins’ offense is balanced, with quarterback Kaleb Griffin throwing for 755 yards and seven touchdowns, running back Vincent Johnson leading the rushing attack with 378 yards and four scores, and three receivers with at least 10 catches and 100 yards receiving. The Bruins’ defense has 14 sacks and six interceptions on the season and will look to put pressure on Myrtle Beach quarterback Mitch Campbell., who made his first varsity start last week. Campbell will once again be under center as Everett Golson continues to recover from ankle and hand injuries. Both teams have played West Florence. Myrtle Beach beat the Knights 35-31 last week on a last-minute touchdown pass by Campbell while South Florence beat its archrival 42-10 in West’s season opener.

On the air | 104.9 BOB-FM

Last season | Did not play

Favorite | Myrtle Beach

Marlboro County (3-0) at Conway (2-2)

When | 7:30 p.m. Friday

The game | The Bulldogs, ranked No. 3 in Class AAA, are coming off a bye week. Marlboro County leads this all-time series 14-9. The Bulldogs’ shutout of Conway last year was the first time the Tigers had been shut out since 1998 – a 19-0 blanking by who else, Marlboro County. Bulldogs senior linebacker Lateek Townsend (6-2, 210) is a four-star recruit on rivals.com, where he is ranked as the nation’s ninth-best outside linebacker and the state’s fourth-best college prospect. His list of suitors includes almost every major college including South Carolina and Clemson. Junior quarterback Robert Nelson is expected to make his third straight start for Conway in place of injured sophomore Mykal Moody.

On the air | WGTR-FM, 107.9; Live video at htcnetracer.net

Last season | Marlboro Co. 52, Conway 0

Favorite | Marlboro County

Murray (2-1) at Andrews (3-1)

When | 7:30 p.m. Friday

The game | Murray’s lone defeat was last week, a 19-6 loss at Hemingway. The War Eagles are led by senior quarterback Fareal Walker, who was a Class A all-state selection in basketball as a junior. Walker, 6-foot-3, 170 pounds, is a three-year starter and has drawn interest from Georgia Tech, Army and Charleston Southern, according to scout.com. Since a season-opening 63-20 victory, the Yellow Jackets have scored a combined 28 points in their last three games, but – two of whichthose were wins. Andrews hasn’t won four games in a season since going 4-7 in 2006.

Last season | Did not play

Favorite | Andrews

Carolina Forest (3-1) at Kingstree (0-3)

When | 7:30 p.m. Friday

The game | Take away that 63-6 loss to Myrtle Beach, the top team in Class AAA, and Carolina Forest has outscored its opposition 105-19. The Panthers are an entirely different team this season, not only in record but in philosophy. In 2009, Carolina Forest threw the ball an average of 30.5 times per game and totaled just 693 yards on the ground with a 2.28 yards per carry average. In four games this season, the Panthers average 12.3 pass attempts per game and have already rushed for 914 yards with a 7.8 yards per carry average. The Class AA Jaguars have been outscored 120-7 on the season, giving up 39, 40 and 41 points, respectively. Two of those lopsided losses came against Class A competition.

Last season | Did not play

Favorite | Carolina Forest

Latta (0-4) at Carvers Bay (2-2)

When | 7:30 p.m. Friday

The game | The Vikings haven’t held an opponent under 47 points this season and have been shut out twice. In the previous four meetings between these schools, Carvers Bay is 4-0 and has outscored Latta 178-30 with the closest outcome last year’s contest. Carvers Bay is expected to get several injured starters back this week. Injured senior quarterback Desmond Grate (hand) should be back after coming in for the final series last week. Senior linebacker Tyquell Goss (5-foot-11, 235 pounds) and senior lineman Vontrell Grimmage (6-3, 245) are among the injured who could return tonight as well.

Last season | Carvers Bay 32, Latta 6

Favorite | Carvers Bay

Lake View (2-2) at Green Sea Floyds (2-2)

When | 7:30 p.m. Friday

The game | The Wild Gators’ wins have come against teams with a combined 1-7 record while the two losses have comeing against teams that combine for a 7-1 mark, including a 21-15 season-opening loss to Aynor. Green Sea Floyds lost to Aynor 49-13. This is the beginning of region play for both teams. The Trojans haven’t beaten Lake View since 2006.

Last season | Lake View 48, Green Sea Floyds 14

Favorite | Lake View

Socastee (1-3) at Lake City (2-1)

When | 7:30 p.m. Friday

The game | The Braves have started to click on offense but their defense has struggled. Tonight they will get tested by one of the top backs in the state in Lake City’s Shon Carson. The 5-foot-9, 185-pound senior has 558 yards and nine touchdowns on 66 carries through three games. Carson had 136 yards and two touchdowns on six carries in this matchup last season.

Last season | Lake City 41, Socastee 7

Favorite | Lake City

St. James (0-3) at Hemingway (3-0)

When | 7:30 p.m. Friday

The game | The Sharks are coming off a bye week and get the sixth-ranked team in Class A tonight. Hemingway once again has a tough defense. The Tigers have given up just six points on the season while St. James has scored just nine. The Sharks have a capable passer in Carl Buddin, but to this point, the offense hasn’t been able to consistently move the ball. It’s doubtful things will be much better tonight against the stingy Tigers, but with an extra week to prepare, maybe coach Billy Hurston has figured out how to make his offense go.

Last season | Hemingway 19, St. James 7

Favorite | Hemingway

Aynor (3-1) at Hilton Head Prep (1-2)

When | 3 p.m. Saturday

The game | Aynor may be a little banged up with some of its top running backs, but the Blue Jackets have plenty of options. Hunter Lambert, Blair Fleming, Devante Kinlaw and Will Carroll are all hurt, but only Lambert is definitely out. Lambert is expected to miss two weeks with a concussion suffered last week while lineman Walt McCrackin will miss this weekend with an eye injury. Hilton Head Prep hasn’t been able to stop the run at all this season. The Dolphins added Aynor to their schedule after a deal to play Hilton Head High was nixed when Prep was alleged to have illegally recruited players from the Hilton Head area’s public schools.

Last season | Did not play

Favorite | Aynor