High School Football

Myrtle Beach's Everett Golson to be game-time decision against Conway

Mickey Wilson decided to go Bill Belichick, even citing the secretive New England Patriots coach by name.

Wilson, the Myrtle Beach High School football coach, said he will not make a final decision on quarterback Everett Golson until 6:30 p.m. Friday, approximately one hour before kickoff in the Seahawks' game against area rival Conway.

Golson, who injured his left hand and left foot against Byrnes in Week 1, has not played since. And while Wilson was being short with most of his answers, he did say Golson will not have another doctor's appointment unless there's another setback.

Wilson said the decision on Golson for Friday "will depend on how he responds to rehab."

The coach would not rule out anything, including platoon work between Golson and backup Mitch Campbell, who won both games he started in Golson's absence.

Wilson reiterated his quarterback will not be rushed into action.

"I think it's tough. This is really the first time he's been hurt in any sport," Wilson said. "It's the first time he's ever had to sit out. He's hurting a little bit, really wanting to be out on the field.

"He knows he's going to get a chance to get back on the field at some point. ... We just don't know quite that timetable yet."

Conway and Myrtle Beach will kick off at 7:30 p.m. at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium.

Panthers making statement

Carolina Forest coach Drew Hummel can try all he wants.

But he can't ignore history. All he can do is attempt to rewrite it.

Hummel and his Panthers (4-1) have already reset the school record for most victories as a Class AAAA school. And while this is just the team's third year in one of South Carolina's top two tiers, the program's improvement during the coach's first four seasons is apparent.

"We're making our own statement here," Hummel said Monday. "We're trying to make our own waves, so to speak."

Thus far, Carolina Forest has done just that. Outside of a Week 1 beating by the area's best team, Myrtle Beach, the Panthers have made it look all too easy. In the team's four wins, it is outscoring opponents by an average of 27 points per game.

Carolina Forest has a legitimate chance to go into its bye week 5-1 if it can beat a winless North Myrtle Beach team this week. But Hummel has his sights set on something bigger.

"I think we've got a chance here," he said. "We've got one more game (before region play begins Oct. 8). Hopefully we can go into this thing on a four-game win streak.

"We want to compete for a title; we want to compete for a region championship."

That won't be easy, but as opposed to the Panthers' first three tries in Region VI-AAAA, they are at least in the conversation for a playoff berth.

Considering the team was one win (against region foe Conway, no less) from the postseason a year ago, it's within the realm of possibility the Panthers can take that step this season. So far, Carolina Forest has built its record primarily on the ground.

Tailbacks Mark Timmons and Harold Atkinson are keeping teams off-balance defensively, despite the fact that they aren't exactly shocking anyone's defense.

"I think as every team moves on in the course of your seasons, your team starts to realize your identity," Hummel said. "I think both units have to complement one another. We've got some good backs, but at the same time, we can't be so one-dimensional that we can't [pass] when the need arises."

Too much yellow

For those who missed it, Conway's 35-7 win Friday night over Marlboro County did a lot of things for the Tigers. It gave them the necessary confidence heading into their matchup this week against Myrtle Beach.

But the most important aspect of the game - penalties - perhaps taught Conway something it didn't already know.

The Bulldogs were flagged 18 times for a whopping 177 yards. The tally included eight personal fouls/unsportsmanlike conduct calls (originally thought to be seven), and made the game at times look more like brawl.

On several occasions, it was unclear how many flags went down on a specific play because so many were called. And while Conway was also tagged for 105 yards on 11 penalties, coach Chuck Jordan was happy it wasn't worse against the third-ranked team in Class AAA.

"That was the biggest thing. We told our guys 'Just keep your head about you and don't retaliate with anything,' " Jordan said. "They're a program with a lot of pride. They've been very good. They're gonna get frustrated. You just need to make sure you don't get frustrated back."

Conway and Marlboro County had offsetting personal fouls twice, meaning the numbers actually could have been higher.

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