Don’t expect Myrtle Beach defensive back Chocolate Wilson back in the Seahawks’ lineup in the next few weeks.
Wilson, who suffered a knee injury in the preseason and has missed the first two games, is being treated with extra caution. Myrtle Beach coach Mickey Wilson said his defensive back’s prospects beyond high school are also playing into the decision.
It was a similar approach the team took with former quarterback Everett Golson, who missed eight games his senior year with hand and leg injuries.
“It’s kind of like with Everett,” Wilson said. “We are going to make sure he’s 100 percent healthy before we put him back on the field.”
Golson started Saturday for Notre Dame in the Fighting Irish’s season opener. And many believe Chocolate Wilson will also be a college starter sometime in the future.
He already has scholarship offers from SEC programs Mississippi and Missouri, as well as North Carolina State and Purdue. He is rated as a three-star prospect from the recruiting service Rivals.
As a junior, Wilson had 39 tackles, six interceptions, three tackles for loss, two fumble recoveries and a pair of defensive touchdowns. Offensively, he also ran for 151 yards and had another 68 receiving. He was expected to be one of the team’s primary ball carriers this year prior to the injury.
He is going through rehabilitation on the knee, but again, his chances of playing any of the team’s non-region games are slim. Mickey Wilson, whose team is 2-0 and plays South Florence at home on Friday, would not put a time table on Chocolate Wilson’s return. He did say “I don’t think it’s going to be any time soon.”
Wilson isn’t the only Seahawk moving at less than 100 percent. Quarterback Tyler Keane rolled an ankle in Thursday’s victory at West Florence and was not able to finish the game. Keane will be evaluated by the Myrtle Beach training staff several times this week.
If he’s unable to go, C.J. Cooper will move into the starting spot.
Cooper, who split time with Keane at quarterback last year, has been all over the field for the Seahawks this season. He’s taken direct snaps out of the wildcat formation, caught passes at receiver, played a few snaps on defense and even blocked a punt in Week 1 that helped his team complete a comeback against Irmo.
“He’s just so vital to us in a lot of other places right now,” coach Mickey Wilson said. “But we may not have a choice. We’ll get him back there and get him some reps in case Tyler can’ t go.”
Wilson said late last week that freshman junior varsity quarterback Drayton Arnold also would likely get some varsity reps if Keane didn’t play.
Carolina Forest is going to be without its best defensive player for at least three more weeks. Starting middle linebacker Kyle Rice – who broke his left hand in the first half against Fort Dorchester in Week 1 – did not play in the Week 2 win at St. James.
Rice had 114 tackles as a junior, tops on the team. And his loss had coach Drew Hummel playing Tetris with that defense. He shifted starting tailback Harold Atkinson to a hybrid linebacker/defensive end position.
Based on Hummel’s original estimate, Rice should be back for the team’s Oct. 5 game at Goose Creek.
North Myrtle Beach also took some precautions last week with regular starting quarterback Kendrick Furness. The sophomore played the first two games of the season after suffering a minor ankle injury in the CNB Kickoff Classic.
However, after two games worth of contact, he needed a night off to recover. The staff held him out in a win over West Brunswick (N.C.).
“He was banged up and we thought he could play through it,” coach Perry Woolbright said. “He hurt it worse. So we just wanted to hold him out until he was 100 percent. He could have played if Will [Hardwick] had gone down. It’s not something where he couldn’t.”
It was a bit of a calculated move, too, because North Myrtle Beach has a bye week this Friday before playing Mullins at home on Sept. 14. The Chiefs expect Furness to be back on the field for that game, and have him back at near perfect health.
Coaches may not get too caught up in it, especially after just two or three games, but several players have already set a pace that will top their impressive 2011 numbers.
Georgetown quarterback Caleb Hughes – who last season set the school’s single-season passing record when he threw for 1,310 yards – is already ahead of that pace after just two games. Hughes’ passing numbers actually took a hit in the team’s Week 2 win against Andrews because the team ran the ball very well. However, at his pace, Hughes would re-set his record by more than 200 yards, and that assumes only 10 games.
Georgetown is obviously playing for a top-four spot in Region VII-AAA, thus earning at least one playoff game.
Carolina Forest has two players flirting with some dubious numbers.
Sophomore quarterback Will Brunson has already thrown for 666 yards in three games. At that rate, Brunson would top the 2,102 yards that Danny Daly threw for last season.
Atkinson’s rushing tallies may end up being less than last season – because of his aforementioned time on defense – but he is just one reception shy of his 2011 total. Last year, he had 10 catches for 116 yards and two scores. This season, he’s already put up nine receptions for 97 yards and two touchdowns. It’s proof that, as Drew Hummel said throughout the offseason, the offense was going to need to find ways to get him the ball.
The most noticeable increase, however, may be that of North Myrtle Beach junior tailback Delonzo Williams. After rushing for just shy of 700 yards last year, Williams has started the season very hot heading into the team’s bye week.
In three games, he has three 100-yard rushing totals – or the same number in had in all of 2011. In total, he has 454 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground. He’s also averaging a stout 7.4 yards per carry.
Those numbers are a big reason the Chiefs are 2-1 this season after failing to win a game each of the last two years.
“We thought this should be his year with the way he’s worked this offseason,” Woolbright said. “I didn’t know he was going to jump up this much for us.
“That’s one of those things you can enjoy when you win.”