High School Football

Friday’s Games (Oct. 19)

Conway (4-4, 1-0) at South Florence (6-2, 1-1)

When | 7:30 p.m.

The game | Conway is coming into this game with a full head of steam. The Tigers have averaged 47 points per game in the last four outings, and they were a two-point conversion away from being 4-0 in those games. Mykal Moody added another monster game to his resume last week when he combined for seven touchdowns against West Ashley. What has hung up Conway in recent years, however, is the ability to remain consistent in region play. After beating West Florence two weeks ago, a win Friday night would go a long way toward a region championship.

On the air | WGTR-FM, 107.9

Last year | Conway 46, South Florence 35

Favorite | South Florence

Sumter (3-5, 1-1) at Carolina Forest (1-7, 0-1)

When | 7:30 p.m.

The game | Last week, Carolina Forest coach Drew Hummel said his players are no longer intimidated by Sumter, and the Panthers’ play in that match-up the last two seasons proved it. However, make no mistake: This Carolina Forest team has its back against the wall in terms of turning things around. The Panthers’ 1-6 non-region record is going to hurt them in terms of potential tie-breakers for a playoff spot, and if they don’t win this week, the chances of making the postseason may be gone. Simply, they have little room for error, and they need to find a way to get into the win column soon.

On the air | WHSC-FM, 101.9; WIQB-AM, 1050

Last year | Carolina Forest 27, Sumter 11

Favorite | Sumter

Myrtle Beach (7-1, 2-1) at Georgetown (5-3, 2-1)

When | 7:30 p.m.

The game | Georgetown has no choice but to move past last week’s blowout loss to Socastee in a hurry. The Bulldogs and Myrtle Beach are fighting for the rights to a home playoff game. Georgetown found out how difficult that could be a season ago. This year, the third-place team from Region VII-AAA is likely headed to either Marlboro County or Manning, a pair of teams that each have spent time in the state’s top-10 poll this season. It adds more weight to Friday night’s game. The winner is likely going to get Marlboro County or Manning, but at home.

On the air | WYNA-FM, 104.9; WGTN-AM, 1400

Last year | Myrtle Beach 42, Georgetown 0

Favorite | Myrtle Beach

St. James (2-6, 1-2) at North Myrtle Beach (4-4, 0-3)

When | 7:30 p.m.

The game | North Myrtle Beach has been relatively unlucky when it comes to injuries this season. Quarterback Kendrick Furness (ankle) is questionable for Friday night after missing each of the last two games. Tailback Delonzo Williams, the team’s best player, is back after dealing with problems of his own. However, the snake-bit feel is understood. The Chiefs have yet to play a region game with both of them in the lineup, and as a result, the comfort level the offense had during non-region play is gone. North Myrtle Beach, though, won’t make excuses. Simply, the Chiefs can’t afford to. If they lose Friday night, their playoff hopes are gone.

On the air | WRNN-FM, 99.5; nmbchiefs.com

Last year | St. James 17, North Myrtle Beach 0

Favorite | St. James

Wilson (3-5, 1-2) at Socastee (8-0, 3-0)

When | 7:30 p.m.

The game | There’s little reason to believe that Socastee won’t do to Wilson what it has to the majority of its opponents so far this season. The Braves, who are averaging 39.6 points per game, are running around and through opposing defenses, and that’s going to be a huge problem for Wilson. The Tigers gave up more than 100 yards to North Myrtle Beach’s Delonzo Williams last week, allowed 42 points against St. James two Fridays ago and before that gave up 54 points to Myrtle Beach. More than likely, then, Socastee shouldn’t have problems scoring at will.

On the air | WSYN-FM, 103.1

Last year | Socastee 28, Wilson 12

Favorite | Socastee

Mullins (2-6, 1-2) at Aynor (6-2, 2-1)

When | 7:30 p.m.

The game | Aynor has already surpassed its four victories from a season ago, but the Blue Jackets aren’t ready to stop there. Behind a rushing attack led by Hunter Windham (845 yards in seven games), the offense is chewing up yards and overwhelming a number of its opponents. Because of that, Aynor has flipped the script on a 2011 season that failed to earn one region victory. With a win at home against Mullins, the Blue Jackets will have three this year, setting up an important Week 10 game against Loris.

Last year | Mullins 39, Aynor 22

Favorite | Aynor

Waccamaw (3-5, 0-3) at Marion (1-7, 0-3)

When | 7:30 p.m.

The game | Tailback Jalen Simmons continues to put up impressive numbers while the team as a whole continues to lose. Last week, Simmons rushed for 123 yards and three touchdowns against Aynor, and he’s got 888 yards on the season. Friday night, Simmons’ abilities could lead to the Warriors’ first Region VIII-AA victory. If not, Waccamaw is guaranteed to finish no better than fifth place. There is hope, though, in that Marion isn’t exactly having a great year. The Swamp Foxes have a single win to their credit and five of the team’s seven losses have come by 25 points or more.

Last year | Marion 42, Waccamaw 30

Favorite | Marion

Timberland (7-1, 3-0) at Andrews (2-6, 1-2)

When | 7 p.m.

The game | Timberland has rolled through its first three region games, and there’s little reason to think the rest of the Wolves’ regular season is going to be any different. Simply, Timberland, the defending Class AA, Division I state champs, are too loaded for the majority of teams on their schedule. That includes Andrews, a team whose lone victory in the last month came against Region VII-AA sixth-place team Kingstree. The Yellow Jackets need to start preparing for the playoffs, however, so no matter how ugly this score may get, coach Steven Blanchard’s team can make some progress that could possibly extend the season come November.

Last year | Timberland 40, Andrews 0

Favorite | Timberland

East Clarendon (4-4, 2-1) at Carvers Bay (7-1, 3-0)

When | 7:30 p.m.

The game | Carvers Bay is riding high, and it only got better after ending a five-game losing skid to rival Hemingway a week ago. The Bears are seemingly doing everything right since dropping the season opener to Johnsonville back in August. In the current seven-game winning streak, Carvers Bay has scored 32 points per game while allowing just eight points per contest. It’s been an impressive run, and it should continue into next week, when the Region VII-A title will be decided against Timmonsville.

Last year | Did not play

Favorite | Carvers Bay

Lake View (5-3, 2-1) at Green Sea Floyds (2-6, 1-2)

When | 7:30 p.m.

The game | Lake View’s three losses this year have come to teams ranked in the top five in the state in their respective classes. And don’t forget that a season ago, the Wild Gators made a deep playoff run that culminated with an appearance in the Class A, Division II title game. That’s what Green Sea Floyds is facing. The Trojans picked up their first Region VIII-A victory a week ago against Latta, but even with that victory, Green Sea Floyds is essentially playing a de facto playoff game each of the last two weeks. The Trojans will likely need to win both games for a shot at the Class A, Division I playoffs.

Last year | Lake View 34, Green Sea-Floyds 15

Favorite | Lake View

By Ian Guerin, For The Sun News

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