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September 25, 2014

Football Friday Primer, Sept. 26

It's hard to bash your players too much over the course of an off week when they're coming off two victories in which they outscored their opponents by a total of 91-0.

But that's exactly what Jamie Snider was facing the last 13 days. 

Loris, on the strength of a pair of shutouts and two significant offensive showings that took advantage of turnovers, had two weeks to prepare for The Sun News' Game of the Week against Georgetown with all the confidence in the world. Junior quarterback Ta'Jay Williams has already started to develop into a strong presence, and that defense has been all but dominating (more on that in our Game of the Week capsule - link below).

"Not that you don’t learn stuff off 50-0 wins," Snider said. "I’m proud of our guys for those bigger wins. But here’s what we need to learn, or next time we might not get that close win."

Three of the team's first four games have been decided by 20 points or more. The team's physical, seven-point win against North Myrtle Beach came against a team probably better than its 1-4 record. As a result, Loris is now No. 3 in the state.

Snider contends facing Georgetown is going to turn into a "four-quarter game." We'll see. Few would be shocked if it isn't.

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All four Grand Strand football games played locally Friday will be on the radio. But if you're in a spot where Twitter is your only link, we've got you covered there, too.

For Conway-Myrtle Beach updates, follow Al Blondin. Socastee-St. James will be covered by Max McKinnon. Shane Bowen is at Georgetown for the Bulldogs' game against Loris. And yours truly will be at Lexington-Carolina Forest.

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On to some predictions...

Socastee (4-1) at St. James (2-2) - Socastee will be looking to get its running game back on track after being “held” to under 200 yards last week against North Myrtle Beach. The Braves will likely feature another heavy dose of Angelo Sauter - tailback Keyon Clora was questionable with a shoulder injury and missed last week’s game. But don’t expect Socastee to abandon the passing game. Socastee 35, St. James 18

Conway (1-4) at Myrtle Beach (4-0) - Conway is going to throw all of its weapons at the Myrtle Beach offense in an attempt to keep this low-scoring and prevent it from becoming a one-side game. On the flip side, Myrtle Beach is going to have starting safety Cortez Brown (suspension last week) back in uniform. The added help could be a boost for a Seahawk team that gave up 35 points a week ago. Myrtle Beach 35, Conway 26

Lexington (1-3) at Carolina Forest (2-3) - The Panthers’ running game had a mild hiccup last week against Myrtle Beach when it was only able to muster 132 yards after some huge outputs earlier in the year. Carolina Forest coach Marc Morris will want to establish the run early here, and that could open up the playbook for quarterback Will Brunson later. Carolina Forest 28, Lexington 22

Loris (4-0) at Georgetown (4-0) - While the quarterbacks for both teams are getting plenty of attention, it’s impossible not to factor in what the running backs from both teams have already accomplished. Georgetown’s Michael Billings is sixth in the area in rushing yards (423) while Loris’ Levi Moody and Stacy Dozier are each over the 200-yard mark. It could lead to a grind-it-out game that tests both defensive front sevens. Loris 20, Georgetown 16

Aynor (3-1) at Lake View (2-2) - A week off could be just the thing Aynor needs to shore up some of its very minor issues prior to its last non-region games. The Blue Jackets are in the conversation for a top-15 Class AA program, and they should be able to continue to pile up yards against another smaller foe, even if it is one that has spent time in the state rankings this season. Aynor 36, Lake View 23

Carvers Bay (0-4) at C.E. Murray (1-4) - There’s no telling where the mindset of Carvers Bay really is right now. The Bears have been subjected to their longest losing streak in school history (by two full games when counting back to last season) and some of the losses so far could be chalked up to self-inflicted damage. This week’s opponent is exactly what Nate Thompson and Co. need. Carvers Bay 25, C.E. Murray 15

LAST WEEK: 5-1

OVERALL: 29-8

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For the football junkies still hanging around, here's a couple bonus links.

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. We also continued to go in-depth on this week's predictions.

Myrtle Beach and Loris were joined by Georgetown in the state's top-10 polls this week.

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