While wondering how many new Notre Dame football fans there are on the Grand Strand...
Two of the top programs in the area have to wait an extra day to play this week - with Myrtle Beach and Conway playing in the Derrick Law Firm Kickoff Classic Saturday. However, that gives fans of those programs an opportunity to take in a number of other games Friday.
There's plenty of story lines.
- North Myrtle Beach attempting to win its second straight after losing 22 in a row;
- Carolina Forest and new offensive coordinator Joe Blackwell priming for hugh point totals;
- Socastee proving last week's big win wasn't a fluke;
- Green Sea-Floyds trying to move to 2-0 for first time in two seasons.
ST. JAMES (0-1) AT ANDREWS (0-0): How much is St. James really going to throw in 2012? That remains to be seen. But if Andrews - a team that lost a ton of talent from last year's team - has a strength, it's in the defensive backfield. Prediction: Andrews 15, St. James 12
CREEK BRIDGE (0-0) AT AYNOR (0-1): Aynor lost its season opener to Lake View. Keep in mind, however, that the Blue Jackets put up 38 points and were leading until the final minute of that game. Creek Bridge, meanwhile, is one of the most downtrodden programs in the state. Prediction: Aynor 40, Creek Bridge 20
JOHNSONVILLE (0-0) AT CARVERS BAY (0-0): When these teams meat, it's typically a close game. Don't be shocked if it happens again this season. Both teams are receiving votes in the statewide media poll and both have valid aspirations of deep playoff runs come November. Prediction: Johnsonville 17, Carvers Bay 13
GREEN SEA-FLOYDS (1-0) AT WACCAMAW (0-1): Waccamaw has five more weeks to prepare for region play, and chances are, the Warriors are going to take a few more lumps before then. Green Sea-Floyds, meanwhile, is trying to keep Tony Sullivan undefeated as a head coach. Prediction: Green Sea-Floyds 18, Waccamaw 17
SOCASTEE (1-0) AT WEST BRUNSWICK (0-1): The word is out on Socastee junior quarterback Hunter Renfrow and the rest of this offense. Sure, Carolina Forest had five turnovers last week, but the Braves took advantage and made a Class AAAA defense pay time and time again. With or without turnovers this week, Socastee should roll. Prediction: Socastee 51, West Brunswick 27
LORIS (1-0) AT NORTH MYRTLE BEACH (1-0): The Game of the Week for The Sun News and WBTW News13 should be a good one. Loris coach Jamie Snider apparently has another top-notch defense. Meanwhile, North Myrtle Beach scored 50 points last week en route to the team's first win since 2009. Something has to give. Prediction: Loris 27, North Myrtle Beach 21
FORT DORCHESTER (0-0) AT CAROLINA FOREST (0-1): Subtract the aforementioned five turnovers, and Carolina Forest probably scores in the 50s last week. Fort Dorchester is a solid Big 16 program, but they also have a more conventional offense that Carolina Forest can better match up with. Prediction: Carolina Forest 36, Fort Dorchester 27
NORTHWESTERN (1-0) VS. CONWAY (1-0): Northwestern showed it means business last week when it thrashed Gaffney 49-19. Conway's best chance of keeping this game close may mean moving its best receiver (Malcolm Green) to defense for a night in order to prevent the Trojans' passing game from blowing it wide open. Still, even that may not help. Prediction: Northwestern 45, Conway 30
IRMO (0-1) AT MYRTLE BEACH (0-0): In correlation with sharing a field with Conway for the day, this may be the most attended game Myrtle Beach has throughout the regular season. As if the Seahawks needed any more of a homefield advantage. Mickey Wilson has lost only two games at home in his three years as head coach. Don't expect that to change this weekend. Prediction: Myrtle Beach 31, Irmo 17
Last Week: 5-1