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September 20, 2012

Pigskin Pick 'Em, Week 5

It's hard to believe that region play for the majority of the local high schools doesn't start until next week.

Conway heads to Myrtle Beach; North Myrtle Beach attempts to start 4-1 after failing to win a game the past two years; Aynor attempts to surpass last year's win tally (3); and Loris and Georgetown meet in a game that will propel either into the region slate.

Before we go any further, you've still got time to get into the mix for The Sun News/WBTW News 13 Pigskin Pick 'Em contest for this week. On the line is a $50 gift card to Liberty Steakhouse and Brewery. Last week's winner - Tom Byrd of Myrtle Beach - accurately picked 22 games, enough for the first-place prize after the tie-breaker was used.

This week's guest picker is Buddy Sasser, the former CCU and Conway High athletics director and Big South Conference commissioner. Buddy's one of the best, and he really knows his stuff. 

To see if you can beat him, click here to test your prognostication abilities.

That said, let's get on to this week's high school predictions:

ANDREWS (1-3) AT STALL (1-3): Stall is struggling to stop small-class programs, and Andrews has a good bit of confidence after finally cracking into the win column a week ago. If the Yellow Jackets can run the ball with the gusto it did against C.E. Murray, it could turn this one into a laugher. Prediction: Andrews 31, Stall 15

WACCAMAW (3-1) AT TIMMONSVILLE (3-1): The Warriors, with their next win, will double up on their 2011 total. It's going to happen eventually, but probably not this week. Waccamaw will need to play a near-perfect game against a team whose loss came in a shootout to Lamar. Prediction: Timmonsville 38, Waccamaw 22

HANNAH-PAMPLICO (1-3) AT AYNOR (3-1): No one should be shocked by the Blue Jackets' hot start. And to think this team is about 90 seconds away from being 4-0. That Week 1 loss to Lake View is Aynor's only pockmark, and it's going to stay that way for one more week. Prediction: Aynor 44, Hannah-Pamplico 18

CARVERS BAY (3-1) AT ST. JAMES (1-3): The Bears aren't all the way back, but they're not far off. With another win, Carvers Bay probably moves into the state's top-10, and as of right now, it has to be one of the favorites to win Region VII-A. The Sharks, meanwhile, are still trying to find themselves. St. James will find a way to keep this close, and that will have to be good enough. Prediction: Carvers Bay 22, St. James 16

LORIS (3-1) AT GEORGETOWN (2-2): If you're looking for a high-scoring, flashy game, this one isn't for you. Loris is giving up 7.5 points per game. By comparison, Georgetown's opponents are running up huge points totals - Bulldogs give up about 17 a game. There are going to be some big collisions and great defensive stops. Prediction: Loris 14, Georgetown 13

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH (3-1) AT GREEN SEA-FLOYDS (1-3): North Myrtle Beach is a week away from an awfully big match-up against Socastee in the Region VII-AAA opener. All the Chiefs need to do to make sure they get there at 4-1 is do exactly what they should - which is run the ball over and through a much smaller defense that may not see another rushing offense like this one all season. Prediction: North Myrtle Beach 51, Green Sea-Floyds 13

CAROLINA FOREST (1-4) AT BEAUFORT (2-2): Beaufort is adept at running the ball. Carolina Forest can't stop the run. Sound familiar? The problem with that line of thinking is it doesn't take into account the Panthers' offense. Drew Hummel's bunch is averaging 25 points per game and has yet to have a game that could be considered anywhere close to perfect. It's going to lead to the lights on the Beaufort score board changing early and often, even if it doesn't necessarily equate to a Panthers' victory. Prediction: Beaufort 41, Carolina Forest 37

CONWAY (2-3) AT MYRTLE BEACH (4-0): The big dog in the room is here. The Victory Bell series is going to be the crown jewel of the Grand Strand football scene, and for good reason. Conway (32-10 overall in the series) snapped a four-game losing streak to Myrtle Beach last year on the strength of a huge defensive performance and a couple of big Mykal Moody runs. Those two may again happen, but this Seahawk team has the gumption to make up for it. Prediction: Myrtle Beach 24, Conway 22

Last week: 6-2

Overall: 29-10

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