High School Football

This week's high school football preview capsules

North Myrtle Beach (0-5) at Socastee (1-4)

When | 7:30 p.m. today

The game | Socastee has won three in a row in the series. While the Chiefs have struggled all season, there have been signs of progress. "They have been getting better," Socastee coach Tim Renfrow said of the Chiefs. "I watched them against Carolina Forest last week, and they were 7-7 in the fourth quarter." Renfrow also noted the importance of the game in the region standings. North Myrtle Beach was able to get the ball in the hands of senior Temarrick Hemingway, a 6-foot-5, 210-pound receiver/defensive end. Hemingway had six catches for 65 yards and a score last week. Socastee had a bye last week.

On the air | WRNN-FM, 99.5; nmbchiefs.com; Live audio and video at www.htcnetracer.net

Last season | Socastee 31, North Myrtle Beach 10

Favorite | Socastee

Timberland (5-0) at Andrews (4-1)

When | 7:30 p.m.

The game | Timberland is ranked third in Class AA and represents the gold standard in what is a tough Region VII-AA. The Wolves have outscored the Yellow Jackets 115-20 in the last two meetings. Timberland hasn't lost a regular-season game since Sept. 7, 2007, and hasn't lost a region game since 2004, when the program was in Class AAA. Last season the Wolves outscored its region competition 210-43. Second-year Andrews coach Steve Blanchard served as the defensive coordinator and assistant head coach at Timberland for six years prior to taking over the Andrews program.

Last season | Timberland 46, Andrews 13

Favorite | Timberland

Dillon (5-0) at Aynor (3-2)

When | 7:30 p.m. today

The game | Dillon is the two-time defending Class AA state champion and the Wildcats are the clear favorites to win Region VIII-AA. Dillon has shutout Aynor in three of the previous four seasons and outscored the Blue Jackets 188-7 in those four meetings. Aynor had a bye last week, but injuries have taken a toll on the roster. Junior fullback Tony Greene tore an ACL against Hilton Head Prep and is done for the season while senior running back Hunter Lambert will sit tonight as he recovers from a concussion. Lambert should return next week. The good news is that senior linebacker/defensive end Phil Doyle, who has been out since the opening day of contact drills with a neck injury, will return to action for the first time tonight, and senior defensive tackle/offensive lineman Walt McCrackin will return following eye surgery after missing a game. Aynor coach Jody Jenerett knows his team faces a huge task tonight. "[Dillon] is giving up four points a game. We just want to string some first downs together ... see if the wing (offense) can work against Dillon," Jenerette said.

Last season | Dillon 48, Aynor 0

Favorite | Dillon

Green Sea Floyds (3-3) at Johnsonville (5-1)

When | 7:30 p.m. today

The game | Johnsonville's lone loss was a season-opening 63-20 setback to Andrews. The Flashes beat Aynor 57-13 while the Trojans lost to Aynor 49-13. The Flashes are averaging 43.8 points per game led by running back Brison Allison, who has 679 yards rushing and seven touchdowns with a 7.2 per carry average. Trojans running back Lassan Reaves is third in the area in rushing (123 carries for 712 yards) and touchdowns scored (8).

Last season | Johnsonville 54, Green Sea Floyds 20

Favorite | Johnsonville

Marion (2-2) at Loris (4-1)

When | 7:30 p.m. today

The game | Loris was 4-1 entering region play last season but went 2-3 in the league and missed the playoffs. Loris leading rusher R.J. Brown sat out last week, but coach Jimmy Longerbeam said Brown will play tonight. Longerbeam see a lot of athletecism in the Swamp Foxes. "They got tremendous skill kids," Longerbeam said. "Justin Gause plays wide receiver, running back, quarterback. He is a game-changer, a home-run hitter. ... They have lost twice to two very good football teams - Manning and Lamar." Gause has 263 yards rushing and 276 receiving while Marion quarterback Ross White has thrown for 715 yards and nine touchdowns.

On the air | WLSC-AM, 1240; wlscradio.com; Live audio at www.htcnetracer.net

Last season | Marion 24, Loris 7

Favorite | Loris

Waccamaw (3-2) at Mullins (4-1)

When | 7:30 p.m. today

The game | The Warriors are coming off a bye week and now get their first game in Region VIII-AA. Freshman running back Jalen Simmons leads the Waccamaw offensive attack with 377 yards rushing and six touchdowns. Mullins has won three in a row but those wins have come against teams with a combined 0-16 record.

Last season | Did not play

Favorite | Mullins

Carvers Bay (3-3) at Lake View (3-3)

When | 7:30 p.m. today

The game | Carvers Bay will be without senior running back Tevin Richard and senior quarterback Desmond Grate tonight. Richard, who is currently tied for the area's lead in touchdowns with 10 and second in rushing with 902 yards and a 9.0 yards per carry average, has a broken bone in his foot and will miss three to four weeks, while Grate is out after suffering a concussion during last week's loss to Hemingway. Senior Quae'shawn Brockington will fill in for Richard while junior Rollins Grier will start at quarterback. Both teams are 1-1 in the region and currently in a three-way tie with Green Sea Floyds for third in Region VIII-A.

Last season | Carvers Bay 20, Lake View 0

Favorite | Carvers Bay

Myrtle Beach (4-1) at Wilson (2-3)

When | 7:30 p.m. Saturday

The game | This game was postponed from Thursday night due to poor field conditions at Memorial Stadium in Florence. Myrtle Beach coach Mickey Wilson said the decision was made by the host school. The Seahawks will use the extra time to make up for the practice time lost early in the week due to the heavy rains in the area.

On the air | 104.9 BOB-FM

Last season | Did not play

Favorite | Myrtle Beach