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September 18, 2014

Football Friday Primer, Sept. 19

Myrtle Beach isn't simply game-planning for another match-up with Carolina Forest.

The Seahawks are doing so with limited game film on what is obviously a completely different approach. The Panthers, just four games into Marc Morris' tenure, have already proved they can run the ball with an efficiency unseen in recent years.

Sophomore Dyverse Simmons is among the area leaders in rushing yards, going for at least 100 yards in each of his three games. Senior Michael Culbreath has made use of his size with four early rushing touchdowns. And a number of receivers are making an impact on end-arounds nearly as much as they are catching passes from quarterback Will Brunson.

"You can tell there’s a new staff in place, and a new scheme. It makes our job more difficult," Seahawks coach Mickey Wilson said. "There’s no history there. ... They are flying around. They are playing good football right now. You can see a sense of confidence from their kids."

In order for Carolina Forest to beat Myrtle Beach for a second straight year, much of that above will have to be at its best.

The Seahawks withstood a hard-running Socastee team last week, and another in Carolina Forest will be waiting.

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On to some predictions...

Myrtle Beach (3-0) at Carolina Forest (2-2) - We’re going to find out real quick how serious Myrtle Beach took its scare last week against Socastee. The Seahawks are running out of chances to fine-tune prior to the start of region play, and a more-complete effort on offense would do the trick. Myrtle Beach 35, Carolina Forest 21

Georgetown (3-0) at Carvers Bay (0-3) - Carvers Bay quarterback Israel Davis has already thrown for 313 yards, which is something the Bears don’t typically have. However, the team still doesn’t have a running back with more than 89 yards on the ground after three games. Georgetown will again be concentrating on stopping the run, and everything the Bulldogs have done to this point proves they can do it this week, too. Georgetown 16, Carvers Bay 8

Marlboro County (1-2) at Conway (0-4) - We could be in for another close game in this series. After all, Conway kept a game against highly ranked North Carolina squad Hoggard to a two-touchdown game when most believed it would be a blowout. The Tigers need some positive signs after a blowout loss to Hartsville last week, even if they aren’t packaged with a win. Marlboro County 27, Conway 21

Green Sea-Floyds (0-4) at Waccamaw (2-2) - Green Sea-Floyds is struggling; there’s no other way to put it. The Trojans have been blown out of all four games, including to Hannah-Pamplico, a squad Waccamaw beat by four touchdowns. It could get ugly again, and the Warriors should have an easy time picking up their third win of the year. Waccamaw 42, Green Sea-Floyds 18

North Myrtle Beach (1-3) at Socastee (3-1) - The Braves are one of the hottest teams on the Grand Strand, with or without last week’s loss at Myrtle Beach. Now, Socastee has an opportunity to re-focus against one of their old region foes. North Myrtle Beach’s schedule, meanwhile, has proven to be extremely difficult. The Chiefs probably won’t have much more in their final non-region game of the season. Socastee 31, North Myrtle Beach 20

Hannah-Pamplico (1-2) at St. James (1-2) - St. James has yet to prove it has broken the mold of the last few years, when it beat the lower-level opponents it was supposed to while losing to most everyone else. For better or worse, that trend has continued so far in 2014, and it should Friday night as well. St. James 45, Hannah-Pamplico 10

LAST WEEK: 6-1

OVERALL: 24-7

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For the football junkies still hanging around, here's a few links to this week's coverage:

Our Football Friday page includes our Game of the Week breakdown, capsules for all of this week's games, Player to Watch, area stats leaders and area rankings.

In this week's Blitz Web Chat, we broke down all of last week's games and went in-depth advancing all of Friday's action.

Myrtle Beach and Loris remained ranked in the latest state football polls.

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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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