High School Football

Friday’s games (Oct. 26)

Carolina Forest (1-8, 0-2) at West Florence (7-2, 1-1)

When | 7:30 p.m.

The game | All the promise of a young team at Carolina Forest is most likely going to have to wait until next year. The Panthers are in last place in Region VI-AAAA. Even with a pair of wins in the last two regular season games of the season, coach Drew Hummel’s team is probably not going to have the points necessary to win any potential tie-breakers. Still, Carolina Forest is in desperate need of something positive. The team’s only victory of the season was over St. James. Since then, the Panthers have lost six straight, all by double digits.

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

Last year | South Florence 34, Carolina Forest 20

Favorite | South Florence

North Myrtle Beach (4-5, 0-4) at Myrtle Beach (8-1, 3-1)

When | 7:30 p.m.

The game | Myrtle Beach’s Tyler Keane was already an offensive threat for Myrtle Beach when he took over the full-time starting duties prior to the season. But it’s apparent now that he’s even more comfortable with the position. Since throwing five picks against Socastee, Keane has just one pick in the last two. Maybe just as importantly, his completion percentage is also going up. With that now hovering closer to 60 percent, Keane has helped the Seahawks win two straight, secure second place in Region VII-AAA and get Myrtle Beach back to a spot where a playoff run is very possible.

On the air | WRNN-FM, 99.5; nmbchiefs.com; WYNA-FM, 104.9

Last year | Myrtle Beach 56, North Myrtle Beach 7

Favorite | Myrtle Beach

Socastee (9-0, 4-0) St. James (3-6, 2-2)

When | 7:30 p.m.

The game | St. James’ offense and defense are still in the early phases of relatively new schemes, and despite a 3-6 record, it’s apparent some of them are starting to take hold. The problem earlier this year was that the Sharks were getting worn down in the second half of their games. Now, St. James has won two of its last three and is very much in the running for a playoff berth. A win Friday night would seemingly do the trick. Granted, no one has been able to beat Socastee all season. We all know about the Braves’ high-powered rushing attack. That’s priority No. 1 for St. James. No. 2 is to avoid turnovers. Socastee’s defense has 18 interceptions and 11 forced fumbles this season already.

On the air | WSYN-FM, 103.1

Last year | Socastee 56, St. James 34

Favorite | Socastee

Loris (6-3, 3-1) at Aynor (7-2, 3-1)

When | 7:30 p.m.

The game | Aynor coach Jody Jenerette said earlier this week that Loris is starting to take advantage of a great talent pool, and that much was clear in the Lions’ loss last week to Dillon. In nearly pulling off the upset, Loris once against showed that its defense is no joke. They held a Dillon team averaging about 38 points per game to a respectable 21. Friday night, that defense will go against an Aynor offense that centers around running the ball about 95 percent of its offensive snaps. And unlike last year, the Blue Jackets have more experience to run these sets.

On the air | WLSC-AM, 1240

Last year | Loris 20, Aynor 0

Favorite | Loris

Dillon (8-1, 4-0) at Waccamaw (3-6, 0-4)

When | 7:30 p.m.

The game | Waccamaw stood little chance in this game anyway, and now the Warriors have a team coming in that is not only one of the best in the state but also pressured to prove it is the undisputed champion of Region VIII-AA. The Wildcats were pushed by Loris last week and eventually won 21-14 after scoring a late touchdown. Meanwhile, Waccamaw has lost five straight games and for the most part they haven’t been close. It will cap what has been a very tough region schedule for Waccamaw and third-year coach Tyronne Davis.

Last year | Dillon 51, Waccamaw 3

Favorite | Dillon

Andrews (2-7, 1-3) at Lake Marion (4-5, 1-3)

When | 7:30 p.m.

The game | Initially looking at this game, it may not appear that much is on the line. Andrews and Lake Marion are going to be playing for fourth place in Region VII-AA when they both know they’re going to the playoffs. However, it could be the difference in being able to extend the season an extra week. As for this one, it certainly falls into that category for Andrews. Lake Marion played a slightly softer non-region slate of games and its only win – like the Yellow Jackets – came against Kingstree.

Last year | Did not play

Favorite | Lake Marion

Timmonsville (8-1, 4-0) at (Carvers Bay (8-1, 4-0)

When | 7:30 p.m.

The game | After a monster eight-game stretch in which Carvers Bay has won by an average score of 35-9, the regular season and playoff standing comes down to this for the Bears. The winner of this game wins the region and gets one of the top three seeds for the Class A, Division I playoff bracket, which starts next week. It won’t be easy for Carvers Bay. Timmonsville has scored at least 50 points in three of its region games and six times overall this season. All that scoring from both sides might be for naught, though, as Carvers Bay and Timmonsville each have shown a propensity for huge defensive plays.

Last year | Did not play.

Favorite | Carvers Bay

Creek Bridge (1-8, 0-4) at Green Sea Floyds (1-8, 1-3)

When | 7:30 p.m.

The game | Green Sea Floyds hasn’t had much trouble getting big plays on offense. The Trojans’ four touchdowns last week against Lake View came from 25 yards or longer, highlighted by Jashaquawan McGill’s 88-yard pass to Shaquille Jordan. The problem for Green Sea Floyds, however, has been consistency. About three-quarters of the team’s total yards in the game came in those four plays. If the Trojans mix some ball control with those big plays Friday night against Creek Bridge – a team that has just two wins since the start of the 2010 season – Green Sea Floyds should be able to end 2012 on a good note.

Last year | Green Sea Floyds 55, Creek Bridge 8

Favorite | Green Sea Floyds

By Ian Guerin, For The Sun News