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August 17, 2012

Pigskin Pick 'Em, Week 0

In case you missed it, another portion of the collaboration between The Sun News and WBTW News 13 went live in Thursday's print edition. Each week, the newspaper and TV station will each have three media members picking high school, college and NFL games.

This is where you come in.

We're allowing the public to get involved, too. Free of charge, you can sign up and take your chances against the reporters and personalities you see or read on a daily basis. Predictions for this week's games can be done through this afternoon, as the high school season starts tonight. Click here for a chance to own bragging rights over yours truly and a slew of other media members. Once we add in the college games (Labor Day weekend) and NFL (Sept. 6), we'll be adding some cooler prizes to the mix.

And if you ever forget the link, simply click on the "Pigskin Pick 'Em" logo at the top of online sports front.

But I'm not stopping there. Each Friday, I'll break down the high school games with score predictions. I'll keep a running tally so you can see how I'm doing throughout the season.

That said, on to the games:

GEORGETOWN (0-0) AT CONWAY (0-0) - As I said in the Weekly Web Chat, Conway has only one real worry in this game, and it's holding on to the football. It's going to be hot and humid, and the Tigers are going to be tested on that right away. However, if it's not a problem, Conway could run through Georgetown's new defensive line. Prediction: Conway 41, Georgetown 22

SOCASTEE (0-0) AT CAROLINA FOREST (0-0) - I was the only one in our media panel who seemed to think Socastee would win this game, and I'm sticking with it. If this game was being played in five weeks, it goes the other way. However, right now, Carolina Forest is dealing with significantly more turnover at the positions it needs to function at a high level to succeed. Socastee has its primary guys in that triple option offense back. Prediction: Socastee 31, Carolina Forest 30

ST. JAMES (0-0) AT LORIS (0-0) - Much like Carolina Forest, Loris is replacing some of its biggest weapons from a season ago and needs some time to prepare for the Region VIII-AA schedule. Don't expect a huge drop-off from the Lions' 2011 finish. However, don't expect a 9-1 regular season, either. Prediction: St. James 17, Loris 15

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH (0-0) AT WACCAMAW (0-0) - The North Myrtle Beach losing streak has to stop here, right? The Chiefs haven't won since the 2009 season, and with plenty of the biggest contributors from a season ago back in uniform, tonight should be the night. Prediction: North Myrtle Beach 28, Waccamaw 14 

AYNOR (0-0) AT LAKE VIEW (0-0) - Thankfully for Aynor, this isn't the Blue Jackets' only non-region game against a lower-division opponent. However, it may be the toughest of the bunch. As it stands, I still think this might be the only game Aynor loses before region play. Prediction: Lake View 13, Aynor 10

GREEN SEA-FLOYDS (0-0) AT WEST COLUMBUS (0-0) - Welcome to the Rashad Bessant Show at Green Sea-Floyds. Despite changes in the coaching staffs and offensive schemes, the Trojans always seem to have a high-quality running back. Bessant is that guy, and his ability to chew up yards and keep his offense on the field should prevent a loss to start first-year coach Tony Sullivan's time at GSF. Prediction: Green Sea-Floyds 11, West Columbus 9.

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Ian Guerin has been covering sports in Myrtle Beach since 2005 and in South Carolina since 2004. In that time, he has served as a reporter on the college and high school beats at multiple publications. You can reach him directly via ian@ianguerin.com.

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