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October 26, 2012

Your football Friday primer

According to Florence Morning News reporter Lou Bezjak, things got a little chippy in the Georgetown-Wilson game last night.

Honestly, I'm a bit surprised that doesn't happen more often. Teams are ultra-emotional this time of year, and both squads last night had playoff implications on the line. In the end, though, Georgetown did enough to hold off Wilson, and now the Region VII-AAA standings can be finalized even before the last two games this evening.

They will be as follows:

1. Socastee 2. Myrtle Beach 3. Georgetown 4. St. James 5. Wilson 6. North Myrtle Beach

That takes into account anything that could happen tonight, and which teams already own tie-breakers over the ones in which they could potentially finish with the same region record.

That said, there's still plenty on the line. St. James' shot at a playoff berth may be slim. The Sharks have a strength of schedule that was hurt by playing a pair of Class A teams in the non-region slate. St. James could make a last-minute push by beating Socastee tonight - a win that would give the Sharks roughly the same amount of points as those two games against schools from the state's smallest class.

Still, it's going to be close.

Plenty of other good stuff on the Interwebs this morning.

* Aynor is 7-2 and currently tied for second place in Region VIII-AA. It will all come down to tonight's game against Loris.

* Our game of the week is Sumter-Conway. Both teams are still alive for the Region VI-AAAA crown with two weeks to go.

* The most explosive quarterback on the Grand Strand is this week's Player to Watch.

* Here are the game capsules for the other remaining games on the Grand Strand.

* The offensive statistical leaders changed some from a week ago.

* The Sun News "Area's Best" - better known as our local power rankings - can be found here.

* My official predictions with scores for all games for tonight.

* If you're stuck at work, grab some head phones and watch the Weekly Web Chat.

* Lastly, while you're making your plans for the rest of the weekend, keep in mind that the initial fundraiser for St. James coach Mark Fischer will take place Sunday at the Beaver Bar in Murrells Inlet. 

Enjoy the games.

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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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