The coaches of Region VII-AAA contended their teams would be battle-tested when the playoffs began.
At least for now, they have been proved correct.
Of the eight teams remaining in the Class AAA playoffs, two come from the Grand Strand. Myrtle Beach and Georgetown advanced to the third round with home victories. Only one other division in the classification can say that, as Region III-AAA’s South Pointe and Union County repeated the feat in the Upper State.
The Bulldogs and Seahawks, though, also have an area-wide distinction, courtesy of their wins on Friday night. They are the lone local teams remaining in the state football playoffs following losses by the other four squads that suited up.
As far as Region VII-AAA, it now stands at 5-2 in this year’s playoffs after St. James’ second-round loss at Midland Valley and North Myrtle Beach’s in the first. In order to continue its bragging rights, both Georgetown and Myrtle Beach will have uphill tests next week.
The Seahawks will have to topple Class AAA’s undisputed No. 1 team, Hartsville. Georgetown, meanwhile, will to to navigate a four-hour trip to Midland Valley. Basically, they’re going to have to rely upon what got them here, which includes the tough slates that helped them become playoff-ready squads.
AROUND THE AREA
▪ Westwood ran for 400 yards en route to a 34-13 win over Conway. The Tigers’ season ended at 9-3 after back-to-back 2-9 years, and coach Chuck Jordan will return the majority of his starters on both sides of the ball. However, the team will also enter 2016 – when it moves to the new Class AAAAA – having not won a playoff game in eight years.
▪ Carolina Forest – making its first trip to the Class AAAA playoffs – put a scare into Goose Creek before falling 39-27. The Panthers led 14-12 at halftime but couldn’t keep pace with the Gators after the break.
▪ Myrtle Beach jumped all over Hilton Head in a 63-27 win in the second round of the Class AAA playoffs. The Seahawks had two players score four touchdowns apiece and didn’t have to attempt a pass in the second half in the lopsided victory.
▪ Georgetown advanced to the Class AAA Lower State semifinals for the first time in school history with a 33-13 win over Brookland-Cayce. The Bulldogs were able to hold the Bearcats’ offense in check while getting plenty of offense early and often.
▪ St. James’ dream season finally came to a close with a 56-21 loss to Midland Valley. The Sharks were overwhelmed by a pair of Mustangs standouts. It ended the year for Robby Brown and Co., but not before St. James finished with its first-ever winning record and first-ever playoff win.
▪ Lake Marion put up 390 yards of total offense and then played lock-down defense in the second half to beat Loris 31-13. The Lions finished with their first losing season under head coach Jamie Snider, although it ended in the second round of the playoffs or later for the fourth straight season.
Number of the week
6Carries for Georgetown dual-threat quarterback Jarvis Brown. The Bulldog senior threw for 189 yards – a relatively quiet night, especially when he had only 11 rushing yards – but in minimizing contact, the team should have him 100 percent for its third-round game next week.
Quote of the week
We get to do things people haven’t done (at Georgetown) so it means a lot to us.
Bulldogs receiver Deakidd Anderson, after the team won a second playoff game in a single season for the first time in school history.
WEEK 13 GAME BALLS
Brandon Sinclair, RB, Myrtle Beach: The senior tailback topped 5,000 yards rushing for his career with a 193-yard, four-touchdown performance for the Seahawks.
Drayton Arnold, QB, Myrtle Beach: The Seahawks signal-caller had another stellar postseason performance, throwing for 226 yards and four touchdowns – all in the first hall.
Deakidd Anderson, WR, Georgetown: Six catches, 140 yards, three touchdowns. Bulldogs fans saw one of their top two targets have another huge game at a crucial time.
WEEK 14 SCHEDULE
Georgetown (9-3) at Midland Valley (8-4)
Hartsville (12-0) at Myrtle Beach (9-3)