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September 21, 2012

Your Football Friday primer (Sept. 21)

We'll find out soon enough what some bulletin board material actually means to the Myrtle Beach and Conway football teams.

Tiger senior Jacob Moreland went off this week, declaring that not only did Conway have a speed advantage on both sides of the ball, but that it was "time we put them back in their place." There's only so much room in the print edition, though, and Moreland had other interesting things to say, too.

Before we go further, though, know this:

Jacob Moreland wasn't just talking smack and shooting from the hip. Kid knows the history of the series, having watched his two brothers play seven combined games against the Seahawks. Let's also not forget that Moreland is one of the leading tacklers and most influential defensive players on the Grand Strand.

So it wasn't as if this was some third-string freshman JV player piping off.

Again, though, what appeared in the print edition was by no means all Moreland had to say.

He pointed a finger at himself and his teammates, saying something big had to change to beat Myrtle Beach for the second straight year.

"We’ve got to start, and we’ve got to finish," he said. "Our defense is very inconsistent this year. I wish it was more consistent. Our problem is that we don’t come out with emotion; start very well. If we get a good start on them, get a few good plays, maybe get a touchdown or two, we don’t need many points. Their offense isn’t as explosive as it was last year. If we can hold them below 28, I believe we can get the W.”

He also talked about how easy it is to get up for Myrtle Beach, despite the fact that Conway has a bye week and then region play chasing this game.

"It’s extremely easy, especially since both sides are always talking,” Moreland said. “We’ve got fans boosting us up."

Moreland wrapped up our conversation by actually saying that a loss to Myrtle Beach is extremely possible. But he was also quick to point out that there are bigger games in the coming six weeks of the regular season.

A year ago, Conway beat Myrtle Beach 21-12, then lost a close one to West Florence its next time out. Had the Tigers won that game, they would have been in the mix for a region title.

"Last year, we beat them. We beat them and then we let off. We went into the bye and we let off and we lost a game we shouldn’t have," Moreland said. "We’re 2-3 right now. We need to use this momentum, and if we do beat them or if we do play a good game and perhaps maybe lose by one score, use that momentum and take it into region. We’re not good enough to take any games off at all."

As we started last week, all of the components of our Football Friday print edition are now on the Web.

Here is the capsule for our Game of the Week, Conway's Victory Bell Series trip to Myrtle Beach. In includes breakdown and radio information for both teams.

There's plenty of players who will have a key role in the outcome tonight. Here's one to keep an eye on, especially early in the game.

Game capsules for the remaining Grand Strand football games can be found here.

And what week of coverage would be complete with out the Grand Strand Power Rankings, which this week includes a new team.

Lastly, Beaufort Gazette/Hilton Head Island Packet reporter Stephen Fastenau did a quick Q&A with me this week in advance of Carolina Forest's trip to Beaufort.

Enjoy the links, as well as tonight's games.

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