Mickey Wilson could sit all of his starters for this week’s game against North Myrtle Beach and it wouldn’t matter in terms of playoffs.
Win or lose, Myrtle Beach will be one of the top four seeds in the Class AAA Lower State playoffs, which begin next Friday, and the Seahawks will be facing one of the bottom four seeds. But conceding a game, even one that doesn’t matter for Myrtle Beach’s postseason standing, wouldn’t be Wilson’s style.
“We’ll play everybody,” he said Monday. “We’ve got to get better. We know that. I think a lot of it is minor stuff, little things here and there. We’ve got to shore up. … This is step No. 10 of the regular season. Each week is important.”
Much of it has to do with rhythm.
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Wilson’s offense is predicated on timing, something that can be thrown off by light weeks. It’s why he schedules his off week each year during Week 0, allowing his team to play 10 consecutive games without a bye.
Myrtle Beach, ranked No. 1 in Class AAA since the original preseason poll, can start preparing for at least two home playoff games. The Seahawks will open up against one of the No. 4 seeds – which won’t be known until after this week’s games because of the point system used to determine the final eight teams. With a win there, Myrtle Beach will also play host in a second-round game.
That all presumes quite a bit, as does factoring in which other teams from Region VII-AAA will be playoff bound after this week.
Currently, Wilson is second with a 3-1 region record, followed by North Myrtle Beach (2-2) and Georgetown (2-2). Only the top three teams are guarantee postseason bids. As Georgetown found out a year ago, a fourth-place finish could also end the season depending on how the other fourth-place teams from around the Lower State regions finish.
Bulldogs coach Bradley Adams’ team could possibly eliminate some of the drama with a win Thursday at Wilson.
“It ain’t fun for me at all. It ain’t fun for us at all,” Adams said. “We’ve just got to go take care of business.”
Football this and that
After grabbing three interceptions in a Week 9 win over West Florence, Socastee senior Sam McKinney has already eclipsed the area’s best interception tally from 2013. McKinney now has nine picks this year, besting the eight that North Myrtle Beach’s Colby Gore had last year. … Aynor running back Kamron Johnson is just eight yards shy of 1,000 for the season. Teammate Daquan Smith has 907 yards so far. The Blue Jackets play against Loris at home on Friday. There are multiple scenarios that could give Aynor another game in the playoffs, as well. … The Loris defense is now second in Class AA in total points allowed (73) after Dillon scored 49 Friday. Timberland (57 points allowed through nine games) is in first place in the class.
Blitz Weekly Web Chat
The next episode of the Blitz Weekly Web Chat with WBTW’s Conan Gasque and The Sun News’ high schools reporter Ian Guerin will air at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
The show will wrap up the Week 9 action, preview all of the Week 10 games and continue breaking down the playoff scenarios for area teams. It can be viewed live at MyrtleBeachOnline.com or WBTW.com, and both sites will have the show available for archived viewing.
Fall sports playoffs
Three area volleyball teams and a number of golf programs will continue their postseasons Tuesday.
The Class AAA state golf meet will wrap up its two-day competition at Black Bear Golf Club in Longs. The first tee times are at 8 a.m.
Socastee volleyball will play host to Bluffton in the second round of the Class AAAA tournament Tuesday evening. Likewise, fellow No. 1 seed Myrtle Beach will continue its Class AAA tournament at home (vs. Orangeburg-Wilkinson). North Myrtle Beach, which finished No. 2 in Region VII-AAA, hits the road for its match at Hilton Head. The Chiefs are looking to extend their streak of back-to-back state title match appearances.