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October 25, 2012

Pigskin Pick 'Em, Week 10

Week 10 may not have the feel of some of the last few weeks.

Region champs are already decided in Region VII-AAA and Region VIII-AA. Still, playoff spots are up for grabs for several other teams, and in the case of Class AA squads, seeding for the postseason is not locked in.

Still, area teams like Conway, Carvers Bay, St. James, Georgetown and a handful of others haven't been taking the last week of the regular season lightly.

On to the predictions:

THURSDAY'S GAME

GEORGETOWN (5-4, 2-2) AT WILSON (3-6, 1-3): Plenty of people will be paying attention to this game. Not only does it have playoff implications for these two teams, but also for St. James. Region VII-AAA is guaranteed only three spots in the postseason, and Socastee and Myrtle Beach have two of those locked up. This game could possibly hinge on the availability of Georgetown receiver A.J. Walker and tailback Julian Lunsford. Both missed last week with concussions. Prediction: Georgetown 15, Wilson 14

FRIDAY'S GAMES

CREEK BRIDGE (1-8, 0-4) AT GREEN SEA-FLOYDS (2-7, 1-3): Green Sea-Floyds is playing for pride, but also to prove that first-year coach Tony Sullivan's schemes can work at the tiny school. The Trojans were eliminated from playoffs last week, and this should be a good game for them to finish the season on. Green Sea-Floyds won this game big last year. Prediction: Green Sea-Floyds 38, Creek Bridge 17

TIMMONSVILLE (8-1, 4-0) AT CARVERS BAY (8-1, 4-0): Arguably the best game on the entire Grand Strand will take place at Carvers Bay. There's plenty on the line for both teams, and for the Bears, it's an opportunity to continue their current eight-game winning streak and win a second region title in school history. Carvers Bay has the athletes to do just that. Prediction: Carvers Bay 40, Timmonsville 35

ANDREWS (2-7, 1-3) AT LAKE MARION (4-5, 1-3): There's a clear division between the top and bottom of Region VII-AA, and both of these teams are certainly in the bottom half. Both have struggled to play with much consistency, and that type of problem is one that will likely rear its head for both squads next week in the all-inclusive Class AA playoffs, too. As for this one, Lake Marion gets a slight edge, if for no other reason that its playing at home. Prediction: Lake Marion 25, Andrews 21

DILLON (8-1, 4-0) AT WACCAMAW (3-6, 0-4): As we said on the Weekly Web Chat, Waccamaw probably had little chance of pulling the upset anyway. And then Loris took Dillon to the wire last week. Dillon will be wanting to get some momentum going, and the Warriors are going to bear the brunt of that. Prediction: Dillon 45, Waccamaw 7

LORIS (6-3, 3-1) AT AYNOR (7-2, 3-1): We knew Loris was going to be a competitive team prior to the season. What we didn't see coming was Aynor backing up a strong non-region slate by winning three straight Region VIII-AA games. The Blue Jackets have a strong running game based on three senior tailbacks, and they'll prove to be a test for the top-notch Loris defense. That defense, however, should be enough to win second place in the region. Prediction: Loris 20, Aynor 19

SOCASTEE (9-0, 4-0) AT ST. JAMES (3-6, 2-2): The Sharks don't necessarily need to pull the upset of the season on the Grand Strand to qualify for the playoffs, but it would surely help. The aforementioned Georgetown-Wilson game will shed some light on exactly what the Sharks need to do. Either way, St. James is going to have to find a way to dominate the time of possession and get a few key stops against Socastee. Easier said than done, especially since basically no one has done that all season. Prediction: Socastee 38, St. James 28

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH (4-5, 0-4) AT MYRTLE BEACH (8-1, 3-1): Myrtle Beach's defense put up an impressive performance a week ago in shutting out Georgetown, and that unit playing well is exactly where coach Mickey Wilson wants out of his team. The Seahawks will be tested again this week by North Myrtle Beach tailback Delonzo Williams. The junior is already over 1000 rushing yards for the season despite playing only seven games. Prediction: Myrtle Beach 30, North Myrtle Beach 19

CAROLINA FOREST (1-8, 0-2) AT WEST FLORENCE (7-2, 1-1): The Panthers aren't technically eliminated from playoff contention, but they may very well be after this week, regardless of the outcome of this game. That's a frustrating point to be at for Carolina Forest, who entered the season with so much promise. Instead, the defense has been gorged week in and week out and the offense has had too much pressure to keep up with opposing teams. Prediction: West Florence 37, Carolina Forest 23

SUMTER (4-5, 2-1) AT CONWAY (4-5, 1-1): Our game of the week may not look like much on records alone, but this one is huge in terms of the Region VI-AAAA standings. Both teams are still in the hunt for the title. This one is also big for Conway in that its the Tigers' only home game in region play. Conway gets the edge because of that, but also because this offense is a threat to put up 35 points each week out. Prediction: Conway 31, Sumter 25

Last week: 10-1

Overall: 68-19

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