High School Football

Friday night matchups (September 28)

Myrtle Beach (5-0) at Wilson (2-3)

When | 7:30 p.m.

The game | Who knows? Maybe Myrtle Beach loses its first region game in four years this season. But it’s hard to imagine that loss will come this week. Wilson has struggled in the last three games, including blowout losses to two teams – South Florence and West Florence – that Myrtle Beach defeated. The Seahawks receive a boost this week, as linebacker Sean Michael Orcutt returns after missing a game with a broken hand. In this case, it appears to be simply another weapon added to an already loaded team.

On the air | WYNA-FM, 104.9

Last year | Myrtle Beach 31, Wilson 6

Favorite | Myrtle Beach

St. James (1-4) at Georgetown (3-2)

When | 7:30 p.m.

The game | An emotional St. James team will take the field for the first time since discovering head coach Mark Fischer is taking a partial leave of absence to treat multiple cancer diagnoses. The Sharks will have to find a way to channel that emotion, though, and make the most of its misdirection running game behind Austin Adams and Allen Crum. If not, Georgetown may again do what it has been courtesy of a strong defense and an offense that is slowing coming along.

On the air | WGTN-AM, 1400

Last year | Georgetown 27, St. James 0

Favorite | Georgetown

Dillon (4-1) at Aynor (4-1)

When | 7:30 p.m.

The game | Aynor coach Jody Jenerette has a pretty simple reason for why his team has had its best start in years. “This is the most healthy we’ve been since I’ve been here,” Jenerette said. “That correlates to us being 4-1. I think we’ve had one kid miss one game.” Health is important, and it will play a huge role down the stretch. As for Friday night? It may not matter much. Dillon is likely going to compete for a Class AA, Division I state title. That doesn’t mean Aynor can’t accomplish some goals and keep some momentum going.

Last year | Dillon 42, Aynor 0

Favorite | Dillon

Marion (1-4) at Loris (3-2)

When | 7:30 p.m.

The game | Loris hasn’t exactly been lighting up the scoreboard so far this season, but that could change in a hurry Friday night. Marion is giving up about 37 points per game, and that figure comes despite giving up just 14 last week. It should help the Lions start off Region VIII-AA play on a good note. Even if Loris doesn’t jump all over the Swamp Foxes, though, this is still a Lions team with a proficient defense. They’re allowing a shade over 10 points per game and should be able to hold Marion in check.

On the air | WLSC-AM, 1240

Last year | Loris 12, Marion 6

Favorite | Loris

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

When | 7:30 p.m.

The game | When these teams met last year, they couldn’t have looked much different. The Warriors were missing their top running back – then-sophomore Jalen Simmons. This year, a healthy Simmons has rushed for 603 yards and seven touchdowns. More importantly, he and fellow tailback Jeffron Smalls gives Waccamaw the type of guys who can help control the clock. That will be important as Mullins and first-year coach John Williams take a similar approach to its offense.

Last year | Mullins 42, Waccamaw 12

Favorite | Waccamaw

Andrews (1-4) at Lee Central (3-2)

When | 7:30 p.m.

The game | Lee Central is a point-scoring machine, evidenced by its 35-plus per game average. The Stallions have been prone to giving up some points too – including the 80 Class AAAA Hartsville put up three weeks ago. However, Andrews can’t afford to get into a shootout here. Lee Central has the makings of a team that could challenge Timberland for the top spot in Region VII-AA, and Andrews is still dealing with having to revamp a majority of its starting lineup after a successful 2011.

Last year | Did not play

Favorite | Lee Central

Carvers Bay (4-1) at C.E. Murray (1-4)

When | 7:30 p.m.

The game | When Carvers Bay was originally re-assigned to Region VII-A, it appears as if the Bears were going to be moving to a tougher bracket. Gone were annual games against teams like Latta and Green Sea-Floyds. However, the non-region portion of the schedule has left just two teams in the new region – the Bears and 4-1 Timmonsville – with winning records. It’s hard to tell exactly where it will shake up, but Carvers Bay has to be one of the favorites to win the region come the end of next month.

Last year | Did not play

Favorite | Carvers Bay

Green Sea-Floyds (1-4) at Johnsonville (5-0)

When | 7:30 p.m.

The game | There’s no kind way around this for Green Sea-Floyds. Johnsonville is ranked No. 3 in Class A in the statewide prep poll. The Flashes destroyed two of the teams who were expected to compete for the Region VII-A crown. And they’re scoring 42 points per game. The Trojans, meanwhile, are still struggling to find a winning identity. There’s a solid chance Green Sea-Floyds and first-year coach Tony Sullivan are going to pull a couple region victories this season. But this probably isn’t one of them.

Last year | Johnsonville 48, Green Sea-Floyds 14

Favorite | Johnsonville

By Ian Guerin, For The Sun News